Thursday, September 18, 2014

US AMONGST THE REST: "Follow The Truth"

Rating: RRRR
Label: Ecco/PrescriptionPR 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Us Amongst The Rest are from England and the ancient old town of York. Are we merely to accept as well as expect the classic 'Yorkshire sound' including brass section, pudding, and the whole she-bang? Nah. Quite the opposite. It's radio friendly and commercial Melodic Hard Rock of today and you'll forgive me if I type down, 'the American way and sound'.

At first impression, I would have guessed USA as the origin of UATR as they have that glossy sound of Bullet For My Valentine meets Alter Bridge going on in the production. In fact. They mix the sound built by above mentioned acts and manage to push the rock elements further and onwards on their smashing debut album. "Follow the Truth" has been recorded at Innersound Studios and produced by Joe and Sam Graves (Axewound, Yashin, Glamour of the Kill, Asking Alexandria, With One Last Breath) and the Yorkers have truly created eleven tracks plus one intro of splendor.

The majority of the album has the similar style and output, catchy hooks, sleazy vocals by Karl Sandor, magnificent guitar lines and solos, proper drums, but that does not mean that every song sounds the same. The album is basically crammed with the kind of melodies that most modern (hard) rock bands would kill for. Everything from "Fields Of Fray" to "Falling Skies" speak of quality and determination. I just don't know... according to the press-release, they claim to be alternative rock?. But seriously... how alternative can you (still) be, if you're playing radio-friendly music? The proper kick to the head and they're on the very brink of major success. Recommended.

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