Friday, May 18, 2018

CD REVIEW: OUT OF THE SILENCE II by Dare




OUT OF THE SILENCE II by Dare
(Legal Records)

Considered as essential album by fans of the melodic rock genre, Dare's 1988 debut, ‘Out Of The Silence’ that was recorded at Joni Mitchell’s Bel Air Studio in Los Angeles, and produced by producer Mike Shipley is still widely regarded today as one of the all time great AOR recordings. Fast forward to present day. A new chapter in the history for Dare comes in the form of a 30 year Anniversary with a Special Edition re-release of their debut classic album ‘Out Of The Silence’. 'Out Of The Silence II' has been completely re-recorded. Featuring, Darren Wharton on vocals, original DARE guitarist Vinny Burns, along with 'Blood from Stone’s' Nigel Clutterbuck on bass, and Marc Roberts on live Keys and Kev Whitehead on drums,  Dare’s lineup is stronger than ever. What can I say? This is a master stroke on Darren Wharton's part in giving Dare and AOR fans a stronger and heavier version of the original. Listening to the reworked versions of, my personal favorites like, "Abandon", "Into The Fire", "Runaway", "King Of Spades" and "Heartbreaker", brought back that euphoric feeling I had when I first heard them back in 1988. For me the production is greatly improved. There is a distinctly harder edge to both the guitars and the drums and Vinny Burns' guitar solos and runs are decidedly more eloquent and prominent than on the original. Overall, If you have the original version, listening to 'Out Of The Silence II', will be like welcoming a good friend you haven't heard from in awhile. Re-live the magic by one of the best melodic rock bands to ever evolve. A must for all DARE fans old and new. Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, May 7, 2018

CD REVIEW: REAL MACHINE by Supercharger




REAL MACHINE by Supercharger
(Gain Music)

Another supercharged release by Copenhagen's Supercharger. This band just keeps pushing and pushing, they're music is consistent quality and most importantly they're unique sound is unlike any other band....its all they're own and on their latest release, 'Real Machine', the boys deliver the goods! Serving ten rocking tracks that are loaded with tons of attitude and swagger. The band is comprised of, Linc Van Johnson (Vocal), Thomas Buchwald (Lead guitar), Karsten Dines Johansen (Bass), Ronni Clasen (Keys,Harp,Guitar,Perc.) and Benjamin Funk (Drums). From the opening adrenaline pumping, "Off We Go" to rocking tracks like, "Shake It Up", "The Ride", "Another One To Die" and the album closing, "Forsaken Sin" this new album doesn't let up one bit. This album doesn't have one bad track. 'Real Machine' signifies a level of maturity for Supercharger whereby they aren't worried about producing rock music that appeals to more than just fans of rock music - I sincerely hope so as this is a band and album of quality that deserves wider exposure and audience. If you've never listened to Supercharger before, this is the album to start with. Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society