Theme Switcher
Switch to:


Join us over at the Facebook replacement Join up and become part of 2018's great migration off of Facebook.


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6924
Comments: 16855
Ratings: 5042
Forum Posts: 22613
Search DDG
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1998 Articles » Von Groove - 1998 Chameleon
Von Groove - 1998 Chameleon

ARTIST: Von Groove
ALBUM: Chameleon
SERIAL: 199645
YEAR: 1998


LINEUP: Michael Shotton - vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards * Mladen - guitars, vocals * Matthew Gerrard - bass, keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Calling The World * 02 Two Nights In Tokyo * 03 Chameleon * 04 Mission Man * 05 When Love Comes Back * 06 The Snake * 07 April May * 08 All For Rock N Roll * 09 Without You * 10 Disbeliever * 11 Propaganda * 12 Stop Sleeping Your Dreams Away * 13 Soldier Of Fortune * 14 Barely Human

As mentioned in the review of their debut, Von Groove provided a monstrous album in 1992. In 1995 they got caught up in the 'grunge thing', not exactly sure how to adapt to the changing face of music. Their choice of direction certainly didn't please fans as their second album 'Rainmaker' had a modern and alternative sound to it. A few years on and the band rediscovered what attracted the fans in the first place - Von Groove's knack of writing great melodic hard rock songs. While many consider their debut in 1992 a classic, and I'm not arguing with that, 'Chameleon' rocks just as hard and shows the maturity that you would expect with six years having passed since the debut.

The Songs
The album opens up with 'Calling The World' and Mladen providing some scintillating lead guitar work. Very melodic and not a tuned down guitar in sight. A short intro and then we're into the belting 'Two Nights In Tokyo', rocking hard and a huge chorus. The debut comes to mind on the title track, huge guitars and Mladen just goes off! You'd think it's about time for a ballad, but no it's another heavy rocker 'Mission Man' in true Von Groove tradition. When we do get the first ballad you expect something pretty special from this Canadian trio and they certainly deliver with 'When Love Comes Back'. 'The Snake', along with 'Propoganda' are modern sounding melodic rock and are the albums weakest tracks. 'April May', 'Without You' and 'Stop Sleeping Your Dreams Away' are again, quality ballads. Not in the same league as the brilliant 'When Love Comes Back', but very good nonetheless. There are still some more high energy moments to come with the generic but fun 'All For Rock 'n' Roll', the catchy 'Disbeliever', brooding 'Soldier Of Fortune' and aggressive 'Barely Human'.

In Summary
Admittedly the best songs on 'Chameleon' come at the beginning of the album, but the remainder is still high quality melodic rock. And though Von Groove's third album may not have the overall quality to stand in the same light as the debut, it certainly doesn't deserve to be completely overshadowed by it.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

No Comments have been Posted.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
Treat - 1986 The Pleasure Principle, Deep Purple - 2013 Perfect Strangers Live [DVD], Ultranite - 1989 I Want My Own Planet, Outfield, The - 1998 It Ain't Over, Threshold - 1993 Wounded Land, Shark Island - 1989 Law Of The Order, Stocks - 1983 Eclats De Rock, America - 1984 Perspective, Marvelous 3 - 2000 Ready Sex Go, Hot Boy - 1989 Barely Legal, Akiko - 1989 Akiko, Pantera - 1983 Metal Magic, Enuff ZNuff - 2000 10, Mister Kite - 2004 Box Of Fear, Cats Can Fly - 1986 Cats Can Fly
Leverage Rocker And Slick Rock Candy Records Phantom Wildness The Chance Happy The Man Tone Norum Left End Grand Slam Stiletto (Canada) Eddie Schwartz Steel Breeze Moonland Nightrider Hounds John Hunter Rush Toys Of Joy Hungry Heart Mario Percudani Harlow Mothers Finest Jag Panzer Big Trouble Robertson Bros Urban Tale Wounded Bird The Kings Lars Eric Mattson White Heart White Wizzard EP Zurich Royal Hunt Venom
All Tags