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WAKE THE NATIONS - Sign Of Heart - CD - Inverse Records - 2015

Undoubtedly inspired by '80s pop metal (we don't like the term Hair metal, but it might make things clearer to some readers...), Sign Of Heart is a bit anachronistic. Ten songs, mostly centered about love or lost love, attempting to sound big (think glam), relying on engaging guitars and fancy keyboards.

Still, it works. The songs are quite effective, and although some of the overdriven guitar rhythms are too basic, there is some accomplished playing to be found (check out the keyboards-guitar teaming and arrangement on "The Touch Of Your Hand," for example).

Alas, Sign Of Heart fails in living up to the high production standard of the genre. This can definitely be attributed to the popularity of pop metal in the '80s, which secured big labels' interest and funding back in the day; and the relatively limited attraction of the genre today. And while some might appreciate the slightly rough takes here, we believe that there was a room for further refinement.

Another drawback is the lead vocals spot being populated by various singers - almost every song is sung by another singer. They are not bad, but it makes Wake The Nations sound a bit generic, as opposed to being identified with a specific voice. This can be easily amended, and we recommend that it would, should the band ever approach a followup. (6/10)

 

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Destroy the Sou

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Forward Without

VHOLDGHAST
Lat Oss Forbrin

VISIT, THE
Through Darknes

VON TILL, STEVE
A Life Unto Its

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Sign Of Heart

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