JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C 14/4/08
KILL HANNAH / UNTILL THERE’S NOTHING LEFT OF US
I like to think that just because I love Metal, doesn’t mean I cant like other music styles but its not very often that a band impresses me so much that I have to write a review of it but that’s what’s happened with new Roadrunner signing Kill Hannah.
Musically its Pop / Rock at its best, the band remind me of classic Blondie, not just because the sing reminds me of Deborah Harry but also because lie Blondie their song writing skills are fantastic, they have a Pop sensibility that is at once catchy and there are enough guitars to keep the Metal audience listening. All the songs are full of hooks and in that sense similar to British band Feeder with a bit Hole / Courtney Love thrown in for good measure, I defy anyone to listen to almost any track on this CD and not like it, especially brilliant tracks like “Crazy Angel”, “Boys & Girls”, “Lips Like Morphine” and when you hear the chorus of “Kennedy” you will swear its 80’s Blondie.
This is a really good Pop/Rock album that deserves to be heard, the production is perfect and playing this CD like playing a Greatest Hits from a band you’ve never know before, its that good, this is a modern Classic in the making, if you have any sense you at al you will buy this but be warned you will probably get a lot of stick from your Metal friends.
DOWNLOAD “Kennedy” from RR UK
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 53 mins + 15 Poptastic TRACKS
DOKKEN / LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN
There seems to be a resurgence of 80’s bands going on at the moment, with varying degrees of success, Dokken however are one of the better their brand of Melodic Metal always went down well with me.
Dokken’s music is packed with tight vocal harmonies and even tighter guitar riffs and superb drumming, one listen to Bon Joviesque “Standing On The Outside” or the excellent “Hear To Stone” and you cant fail to be impressed, this is Dokken back on form and reminds me of the “Under Lock And Key” “Back For The Attack” era. Listening to the this album you can see why he was used by the Scorpions as backing vocalist, Don Dokken has a nasal quality to his voice, not unlike Klaus Meine and like the Scorpions, Dokken know how to rock but also slip in a Power Ballad or two, “How I Miss Your Smile” and “I Rmember” are the tracks in question on this album.
For me this is a welcome return of Dokken and all the tracks are very Radio friendly and beg to be played and that’s just what I’ll do when ever I get the chance, alternate Fridays on HFM, also listen out for: “Oasis”, “Disease” and “Judgement Day” and “Point Of No Return” (not a Kansas cover”.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 51 mins + 12 SUPERB TRACKS