The music is catchy, and overall, very pleasant to hear. The band can play some pretty good riffs and solos, and the vocalist has a nice, energetic voice with some good high notes and a sometimes mean and sometimes playful tone. But overall, what the band is really good at, are the hooks. Whether it’s the short intro leading into really catchy riffs in Gunnerside, the “wow-oh-wow” on Having a Good Time’s chorus or the call-and-response on the chorus of Flying High, this album has some hooks that are hard to resist.
It’s an album full of catchy hooks, upbeat music and happy lyrics about having fun and being awesome. It’s a very poppy approach to metal, but in a good way. This is music for having a good time, and being happy for the fun you’ve had, simple as that. And luckily, this album still has a real hard rock bite, with the powerful vocals and wild riffs, or the much heavier-than-the-others chorus of Flying High. It’s also full of great songs to rock out to, like the ones I’ve already mentioned, and Friday Night, I Walked In and Notörious, the band’s self-titled anthem.
If I had to explain the album’s weaknesses, I’d say that, yet again, you’ve already heard this. There are basically no riffs that you haven’t already heard on countless other songs, and most of the lyrics are hard rock/hair metal clichés. As for more obvious flaws, I feel like a few songs are weaker than the rest. Gunnerside doesn’t feel really complete, like it ends without being everything it could be. Seducer doesn’t feel as sensual as it’s trying to be, and the last songs are not as memorable as the rest. Some high notes from the vocalist can sound a little overwrought and annoying.
But those are really not flaw that ruin this album, they just make it a pretty good album rather than a great one. Other than that, it’s a really fun and pretty well-made record. Like I said, if this is an album you can get into, it’s definitely something that will put you in a good mood. Another new band we should watch out for.
Release date: March 31st, 2020
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