Overall, this is quite a standard album in a long line of AOR albums released from label Frontiers and nothing really sticks out about it. But still, I quite like it. The songs are good enough and the overall vibe is nice.
Author: Anton Stenlund
When a new Volbeat album comes out you are quite sure that the fans are gonna praise and the haters are gonna hate. And since there for some reason are a lot of people in both of these categories but not too many in between, I can only give you what I think.
If I’d break it down; I really like the guitar sound in “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”, the title track is really massive and the piano part in the beginning of “The End of the War to End all Wars” is great. But I still get quite tired by listening to the whole album and in the end it gives me nothing I haven’t heard from Sabaton ten times before.
Some people say that bands should try to make new stuff, break walls and take music forward. And there might be some truth to that. But also, it sure is nice with dependable bands who always give you what you want too.
I mean, this is great. Really great! It’s the best live album I’ve heard in years and years, probably since Halford – Live Insurrection (2001), and I love every single thing about it! An eight star review is just too weak, this must have nine stars! And so it is!
In powerful songs such as “Damned” and “Shadowcult”, the band strikes the exact right notes and I just want to throw myself into the moshpit and bang my head off!
It’s still dead serious, there is nothing funny about heavy metal. At least nothing that should be ironised and joked about. That ruins the whole concept! The whole heavy metal scene is in pieces today. There are very few bands taking it as seriously as they should.
“Zenith” is the bands fifth album, and it takes this maturity one step further, making this a really quite powerful metal album full of energy, melodies, power and variation
There might not be that many new classics such as “Hot Cherie” or “Dr. Love” on this one, but there are no weak songs to be seen either.
“The Secret” is not only a comeback from a legend, this is a comeback for an entire genre, and on top of that a piece of really, really good music!
If you’re looking for old school rock music with a bar room piano, whiskey voice, a rock guitar and swinging rhythms, Quireboys will always give you a bit of what you fancy.
So if you are a fan of albums from the mid 00’s, this album might just be something for you! The sound reminds me of the fan favourite “Reroute to Remain” (2002), which is way more positive than what I’ve heard of the earlier 10’s material.
But of course, there are thousands of straightforward heavy metal albums like this released every year, so for “This Time” to stick out of the crowd, the songs really have to deliver something extra. And do they? Well, not really
Over all, “From Hell With Love” is the best “drink beer and put your fist in the air”-album of February, perhaps even the whole year.
I have kind of a feeling that 2019 will be a good year for the veterans. And as far as Suzi Quatro goes, it sure is!
It’s all good an all, but I can somewhat miss the melodies that are a piece of the bands classic sound. There are a little too many dark riffs and too few powerful melodies here.