Monday, February 28, 2011

OLIVER WEERS: "Evil's Back"

Rating: 7/10

Label: Metal Heaven 2011

Review by Alan Holloway

Oliver Weers is apparently a bit of a household name in Denmark. Rejected from their X-Factor competition in 2007, he was invited to perform at the final due to public outcry and blew everyone away. Fair play to him for that, and also for releasing solid rock music instead of the insipid ballads forced upon UK participants. “Evil’s Back” is his oddly named second album (is he known as “Evil Oliver” or something?), and something tells me we’ll be hearing more from him.

To be honest, at first I wasn’t that impressed. The first few tracks are okay but nothing special, and I was getting more bored of mid range hard rock by the second, Then, out of nowhere, the double barrelled rock shot of “Hero” and “Need It Bad” gave the album a well needed kick up the arse. Fast, melodic and beautifully written, these two tracks should have kicked off the album without a doubt. Token ballad “Beautiful Rain” is rather dull, but after that the good times keep on coming. Weers has a fine voice for this sort of edgy, melodic hard rock, and his backing band handle everything with aplomb. In the end, what you have here is seven outstanding tracks, three average ones (unfortunately right at the beginning) and a ballad that could go either way depending on your preferences. I’d say it’s definitely worth checking out for the better tracks, and you may like the others more than I did, so give it a bash.


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