Mick Mars – The other side of Mars

6/10

I didn’t quite know what to expect of Mick Mars’s solo debut album. Whispers about a blues rock album were persistant. Then came the first review, offerring similarities to Avenged Sevenfold and/or Five Finger Death Punch. But what I hear in opening track “Loyal to the lie” is rather “Secret Society”-era Europe. “Right side of wrong”, on the other side, heavily resembles Masterplan. And it’s somewhere in those regions that we explore “The other side of Mars”. Meaning largely melodic rock music, heavy to the sound as well as to the lyrical topics. There’s nothing really original to this record (except the fact that it’s NOT the expected blues album), but it’s nicely rounded up with lots of fine riffs and a modern production straight up in your face. Only ending instrumental “LA noir” bears witness of what a blues album could have sounded like.

Artist: Mick Mars
Title: The other side of Mars
Country: USA
Label: Silver 1313uc
Date of release: 23/2-24
Rate: 6/10
Stand Out Track: Right side of wrong

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Mick Mars – The other side of Mars

February 19, 2024

I didn’t quite know what to expect of Mick Mars’s solo debut album. Whispers about a blues rock album were persistant. Then came the first review, offerring similarities to Avenged Sevenfold and/or Five Finger Death Punch. But what I hear in opening track “Loyal to the lie” is rather “Secret Society”-era Europe. “Right side of wrong”, on the other side, heavily resembles Masterplan. And it’s somewhere in those regions that we explore “The other side of Mars”. Meaning largely melodic rock music, heavy to the sound as well as to the lyrical topics. There’s nothing really original to this record (except the fact that it’s NOT the expected blues album), but it’s nicely rounded up with lots of fine riffs and a modern production straight up in your face. Only ending instrumental “LA noir” bears witness of what a blues album could have sounded like. Artist: Mick Mars Title: The other side of Mars Country: USA Label: Silver 1313uc Date of release: 23/2-24 Rate: 6/10 Stand Out Track: Right side of wrong

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