Friday, July 13, 2012

POLUTION "Beyond Control"

Rating: RR
Label: Escape 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

The Polution debut "Overheated" also from Escape Music had its moments. Full-frontal guitar rock attack from Switzerland and in the vein of Airbourne, Dirty Looks, Krokus, D.A.D, you know, the three to four-chord 'Acca Dacca' style of music. Nothing fancy, nothing new, weird or pompous. But it works as long as you keep the hooks coming and the guitars screaming. Something which they haven't quite managed to capture on this particular record.

Lyrically, things don't get off to best of start as you endeavour to comprehend the angry words that are coming out of their very upset barbwire vocalist. 'Get outta' my way - Get outta' my sight'. Sigh, it's like you have to (once again) experience any conversation you've ever had with your parents/mates/neighbours/whatever (take your pick). Dude, I don't need the negative vibe... or perhaps I'am reading too much into this?

The lead vocals are desperately searching for a place to belong and finally end up somewhere between the modern rock acts and the deranged sleaze/thrash rocker of the past. The melodies are steeped in the AC/DC vs Metallica mode this time around and it's so been there, done that. The conclusion of Polution? it's nothing new under the sun and although I don't think that was the point with this record... I still believe it's important to make a sort of lasting impression. Could work as pub music after a dozen of beer or more.

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