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Decoy - 2007 Call Of The Wild

ALBUM: Call Of The Wild
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Peter Sundell - vocals * Torben Enevoldsen - guitars, bass * Thomas Heintzelmann - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Divided * 02 Call Of The Wild * 03 Brothers In Arms * 04 Heavy Metal Thunder * 05 Make A Stand * 06 Break Through * 07 For Ever And Ever * 08 My Religion * 09 How Long * 10 The Real Deal * 11 Peace Of Mind



As a matter of interest, I usually sit up and take notice anytime Swedish singer Peter Sundell is involved with a musical project. His stints with Grand Illusion and brief appearances with Northern Light and Deacon Street certainly tweaked my interest. Come 2007, Peter has hooked up with Danish six-string wonder Torben Enevoldsen. Readers of this site will know of Torben's prowess through bands such as Section A and Fatal Force. Actually, Torben and Peter came together back in 2005, so now the duo present us an interesting amalgam - and Decoy is the result of their efforts. One of the criticisms I had with Enevoldsen's Fatal Force project was the inconsistency with tempo - you noticed it between fast paced verses and slowed-up choruses and solo sections. It surely bugged me no-end. That aspect isn't so evident on Decoy's material - this stuff swings with all the bluster of a metal band. Sundell can still hit the high notes - though he is far more palatable doing with the mid-range stuff. Torben's guitar-playing is classy, and befitting his status as a bit of a six-string demon! Decoy provide a bit of the 'back-to-the-future' approach. 'Call Of The Wild' is a hark-back to 80's styled commercial metal that many of our readers are familiar with. There is no hint of pompous glory as found with Sundell's previous outfit Grand Illusion - in fact, it's not too dissimilar to his old bandmate Anders Rydholm new band Code: both bands with great singers, exceptional guitarists and meaty tunes to chew on.

The Songs
If you check through the song-list, you'll be thinking this is a nod to 80's heavy metal. I don't think this was done purposely, but you do start to wonder when you see tunes named like 'Call Of The Wild', 'Brothers In Arms', 'Heavy Metal Thunder'.. Is this a tribute album perhaps? No it isn't. One thing that is missing with this album are keyboards. Not saying that it is a bad thing, but in some places I feel some ivory layers would've fattened the sound, but mainly this is a metal album, not a hard rock one. After the introductory riffs of 'Divided' settle our nerves, things get interesting on the title track 'Call Of The Wild' - sure, it's as powerful as the title.. Feral even! 'Brothers In Arms' is as anthemic as it is patriotic - but lacks the emotion that the lyrics are trying to convey. It's not Saxon, but surely Biff and the boys would be proud of the namesake 'Heavy Metal Thunder'. Enevoldsen down-tunes his guitar for 'Make A Stand' - the whole affair heavy and anthemic, but probably won't be appealing to G-DAZE readers. 'Break Through' is a likeable affair, the guitar riffing similar to the opening track. 'Forever And Ever' comes across as a moody experiment, a reasonable one at that. A faster tempo is the name of the game with 'My Religion' while 'The Real Deal' is a mid-tempo affair that by albums-end, tends to drag. 'Peace Of Mind' rounds things off, some nice rhythm guitar work here.

In Summary
Overall it's good digestible stuff, and great for a bit of metallized gratification when you need to call on it. The more metallic songs are the ones that win the day here - though for many of you Sundell's vocals are an acquired taste. Also, the album lacked a few other things from my perspective. 1. Keyboards, 2. A couple of exceptional songs would've made this a better listen, and 3, some tonal variety (guitarists will know what I mean by this) to colour it up a bit. Whether it's gonna be a 'go-to' album for 2007 remains to be seen. Considering it's only April there are another eight months to go - so it's too early to call. My guess is.. no it won't. Sundell can power it up as we all know, but AORsters will probably have to wait for another of Peter's projects to get any melodic benefit from it. Meanwhile, guitar-heads should need no introduction to the wizardry of Enevoldsen, a good solid set of tunes without offering anything overly OTT.

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 04 2008 22:20:20
Very good melodic hard rock, metal album with killing guitars...It was my company the later months of 2007 when I was still in the army. Highlights are ''Call of the wild'' and ''Brothers in arms'' 8/10
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