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Misslead - 1989 Gentle Persuasion

ARTIST: Misslead
ALBUM: Gentle Persuasion
LABEL: Mercury
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Tove - vocals * Jon KK - guitars * G Baalsgaard - drums * Benjamin Toombs * O.O Qure

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heartbeat * 02 Alone At Last * 03 Set On Fire * 04 Heatstroke * 05 Sail Away Little Girl * 06 Stand Up * 07 Two Wrongs * 08 Edge Of The Blade * 09 Race Against Time * 10 Without Love

Misslead are a female-fronted heavy rock outfit from Norway. Following on in a similar fashion to countrymen/ countrywomen Blonde On Blonde and Laos, this lot are a tad heavier all-round. Lead singer Tove, had spent some time with fellow Norwegians Tindrum, and had featured on their 'Drums Of War' album. With Misslead however to whom Tove eventually returned, they released their one and only album during 1989. The sound is like a cross between Harlow and perhaps Judas Priest circa their 'Point Of Entry' album. The Harlow comparison is notable for the fact that Tove's vocal style is reminiscent of Teresa Straley.. both exponents of power singing.

The Songs
'Heartbeat' is the opener, and lays the law down in no uncertain terms. Brutal riffing and a commanding vocal by Ms Tove. The pairing of 'Set On Fire' and 'Heatstroke' are 'hot' rockers as the song-titles suggest. The latter is one I've loved for years! The power-ballad 'Sail Away Little Girl' is one of the better ones I've heard, while the next pair of tracks 'Stand Up' and 'Two Wrongs' are strong, but lacking something. 'Edge Of The Blade' pushes the razor-sharp boundary of Judas Priest, and Tove does her best to fit in with her awesome Rob Halford impersonation. 'Race Against Time' feels like that actually, a racy tune with guitars flying in from all over the place! The closer 'Without Love' is a wistful acoustic finale, very nice, and great to hear Tove in a different context.

In Summary
Fans of Norwegian melodic rock, female-fronted rock, or of the band Harlow will need no encouragement to chase this down. However, as much as I remember seeing a copy lying around here in a NZ store for $7-00, the likelihood of finding this CD at those prices is as remote as Osama Bin Laden winning the 'most visible Arab Samaritan' of the year award!

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