Sunday, February 27, 2011

APRIL DIVINE: "Redemption"

Rating: 6/10

Label: Supernova 2011

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

It's been described as the most unnecessarily release in Sweden by some local hobo borderline journo? Hmmm... to predeterminate or not is the main question??? Well, they've also been voted 'best unsigned band of 2007' by radio P3 in Sweden??? Hmmm, which foot to stand upon and where to cast my vote? I know, I know, it's sort of lame (sitting on the fence), but I'm really torn in two and the rating will have to be something in between. April Devine and "Redemption" is an album with a decent vibe, decent production by American Rick Beato (Bullet For My Valentine, Vince Neil, Shinedown), decent musicianship and decent tunes (quite catchy at times to be frank).

The band are nice and so contemporary that they even play the kind of crossover metal/pop that will have some teenagers in tears of joy. It's very U.S. today friendly and you can't blame them for being original nor groundbreaking. There's 10,000's of these kind of bands in the states and the sound is not quite as popular here in Europe. It's quickly and unfortunately becoming the "country" sound of metal as the songs and singers are all the same and you can't tell one band from the other. You can read more about the album at as there's an "All About The Album" episode to be found here. Decent schtuff.


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