THE POODLES - CLASH OF THE ELEMENTS
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a band looses it’s guitar player to a major act, two things can happen.
The remaining members split up in a dead end street, or secondly, they
find a suitable replacement that fits like a glove in the musical direction that
the band originally followed. Last
thing suits very well after the departure of Pontus Norgren to Hammerfall. They
recruited Henrik Berggvist (formerly Tiamat and Southfork), who seems to fill
the spot that Pontus left behind.
new album, already the third one in their young career, is called ''Clash Of The
Elements', and this time, Blistering Records offered the band a deal.
Normally, a third one is the so called ‘make it or break it’ release,
and we can ease the fans of the band, as they succeeded in recording and
arranging 14 killer songs that are capable to attract many more fans of the Melodic
Rock genre. Without loosing their origins, the members of The Poodles (I
still think it’s a very odd name), composed songs with a lot of melodic edges
and outstanding vocal lines that are doing really well in the more mid-tempo and
mid-pacer songs that are abundantly present.
album starts with ‘Too Much Of Everything’, and that’s a surprise from the
very first seconds. This mid tempo songs doesn’t take you immediately by the
throat, so it’s a bit of wait and see. The
vocals of Jakob Samuel are really impressive and convincing, and in my opinion
this is one of the best vocalists from Sweden since the last five years. He has
an open voice, but with a slightly hoarse and rougher approach.
The song indicates immediately that a lot of harmonies are yet to come!
is the next song and with big chorus lines and a lot of melody.
A cool track that gives you a direct impression of what’s yet to come.
If they would use this track as opener, I would say that this is an obvious
decision. The third track is called
‘Like No Tomorrow’, and is continuing in the same style, although this
arrangement is heavier than the previous songs.
The chorus lines are again bombastic, but musical wise, we hear heavy
guitar riffs in the background, and that’s the major difference so far. And
that’s exactly how this album is running further.
The songs have enough variety, the vocals are really outstanding and
newcomer Henrik confirms that he was the best choice!
one little remark can be made…. Although
the songs are all above the average and perhaps the best a man can get nowadays,
there might be a little overdose on balladry.
The fans from their previous albums ‘Metal Will Stand Tall’ and
‘Sweet Trade’ will love it, new fans will be attracted, but if they continue
this way, they might end in a blind alley.
I hope that they will keep in mind that the debut album was called Metal
Will Stand Tall, but I missed a bit balls and heaviness in this new release…
My rating: 86 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)
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