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Wall Of Silence - 1992 Shock To The System



ARTIST: Wall Of Silence
ALBUM: Shock To The System
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: 828397 205-2
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 1999, Bareknuckle (Japan), AVCB-66074

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Brian Malone - vocals * Jim Huff - guitars * Stuart Zaltz - keyboards * Tim Harrington - bass * Scott Lucas - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Shock To The System * 02 Edge Of A Heartbreak * 03 It's Only Love * 04 Last Night * 05 Blood Is Thicker Than Water * 06 Addicted * 07 Prove Your Love * 08 Skin And Bones * 09 Stop The Rain * 10 Nobody's Hero


Background
Wall Of Silence are essentially the band The Works Part II. This is a much improved effort from their earlier life, no doubt helped by the production hand of Mike Slamer (of City Boy and Streets fame). Wall Of Silence have a hard edged sound so typical of many Canadian bands from the eighties. Bands such as Def Leppard, Coney Hatch and Haywire are reference points throughout, as the songs have an energetic quality about them, along with all the dramatics that would make it a great contender for melodic rock oriented radio.


The Songs
It's hard not to compare Brian Malone's vocals with the great Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch). The initial pairing of 'Shock To The System' and the dynamic 'Edge Of A Heartbreak' are a good demonstration. Check out the awesome rocker 'Addicted', an album stand-out for me. Or the atmospheric 'Prove Your Love', which could have sat quite nicely on the Haywire album 'Don't Just Stand There' thank you very much. The other worthy track of note is 'Last Night', with it's hooky choruses' and happy-go-lucky presence. Every AOR album has a ballad or two.. Wall Of Silence don't let us down in this department, with the poignant 'It's Only Love' and the near 'power-ballad' style of 'Stop The Rain' bringing home the bacon. The band don't disappoint in the 'fast and furious' stakes either, with the rough-house 'Skin And Bones' and the melodic rage of 'Nobody's Hero' accelerating the metronome big time.


In Summary
When one listens to this album relative to Mike Slamer's involvement, you can see how the first Steelhouse Lane was birthed. Quite a few similarites I reckon. A couple of other people who help out are Mike Shotten and Matt Gerrard, who would go on to form and release the monstrous Von Groove opus later that year. As for Messrs Malone, Huff, and Zaltz and co, they are probably working their magic elsewhere. Where that is I'm not quite sure.


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#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 00:18:17
Brilliant release from start to finish. Brian Malone's vocals remind me a lot of the great Johnny Dee from Honeymoon Suite and definately, as mentioned, a bit of Carl Dixon from Coney Hatch. Infact a heavier Honeymoon Suite wouldn't be a bad angle to approach this one from. A step up from The Works (their previous name) 'From Out Of Nowhere ' release (also recommended).
#2 | swazi on January 18 2010 14:53:54
Yes, correct, Jez! Brilliant release!
#3 | gdazegod on August 27 2015 13:14:45
Wall Of Silence - 1992 Nobodys Hero
[movie=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_2BEAsG0Ns[/movie]
 
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