Saturday, February 23, 2013
WHEN THEY WAKE: "Be Your Own Hero"
Label: TwoSideMoon 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
No compromise - no rules. Proper craftsmanship and ambitious musicians dedicated to the cause of trying to create music history and their own path to/of success. Melodious, emotional, melancholic - three words that pretty much sums up the Swiss power-trio of When They Wake. Elected 'Best New Talent' in a contest by The Swiss radio station Radio SRF3 in December of 2012, the lads are now releasing their debut double album - "Be Your Own Hero".
That's right. 2-CD! 21 songs! Very ambitious and straight against the wind and not to mention the trend of merely d/l the one or two songs from name-your-fave site here. Sure, it's pretty tame stuff if you do not appreciate emo and varied tunes, and there's hardly anything on here to please the strickly Slayer fan. Nevertheless, the whole she-bang glows with that Story Of The Year vibe and Bullet For My Valentine heaviness.
Very EMO at times and the melodies speak of loneliness and lack of orientation, and how to overcome this with courage, will, or simply just through music? Originals, they are certainly not, but the catchy sentimental slobber gets you in the heart everytime? I like the concept, their professional approach, the production, and the majority of songs even if it's a stretch to include twentyone fookin' tracks. At times simply too much of the melancholic piano interludes as well as the cello, violin, and choirs. But overall the highly recommend act if you're into commerical melodic rock. Check out links for more info asap.