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Poodles, The - 2009 Clash Of The Elements



ARTIST: Poodles, The
ALBUM: Clash Of The Elements
LABEL: Rosehip Alley Records
SERIAL: Rosehip200901
YEAR: 2009
CD REISSUE: 2009, Blistering Records (BR028)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jakob Samuel - vocals * Henrik Bergqvist - guitars * Pontus Egberg - bass * Christian Lundqvist - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Too Much Of Everything * 02 Caroline * 03 Like No Tomorrow * 04 One Out Of Ten * 05 I Rule The Night * 06 Give Me A Sign * 07 Sweet Enemy * 08 7 Days And 7 Nights * 09 Pilot Of The Storm * 10 Can't Let You Go * 11 Don't Rescue Me * 12 Heart Of Gold * 13 Dream To Follow * 14 Wings Of Destiny

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WEBLINKS: www.poodles.se


Background
This might be the first time around for The Poodles on GLORY-DAZE, but this is in fact their third release. What the hell have we been doing ignoring these guys? Pontus Norgren has been around the traps in various bands up there in Sweden. You name it, he's been there and done it. He featured on the first two CD's ('Metal Will Stand Tall' and 'Sweet Trade'), but upped and left in 2008 for a stint in fellow Swedish metallers Hammerfall. Not sure that was a forward step, but anyhow, the remaining members bought in Henrik Bergqvist (previously with Tiamat). Ironically, Henrik was the guitarist the band members originally wanted back in 2005, but he was committed elsewhere. Oh how the worm turns. The Poodles cannot be accused of being one-dimensional, there are many parts to their sound. Melodic hard rock, glam, pop - it's a mixed bag. But what a mixed bag it is. Literally, there is something for everyone.


The Songs
The intro might sound like Coldplay, and it might deviate to Mikael Erlandsson like schmaltz, but 'Too Much Of Everything' eventually ends up sounding like a grandiose version of Queen. 'Caroline' is a fast modern pop rocker which tries to be chic with all the technology cliches that kids are so into these days. I enjoyed the romp of 'Like No Tomorrow', with scathing guitar riffs and a bouncy arrangement. There's a hint of Guns N Roses on the ballad 'One Out Of Ten', but the lyrics read like a sorry-arse sad sack.. 'I'll be packing my bags, 'cause now that I understand, I'm only one of ten..' Get over it loser.. lol! The Poodles finally lock into a style that most of us would like to see more prevalent.. and that is the track 'I Rule The Night', with a Pink Cream 69 like delivery. Keeping up appearances is the excellent 'Give Me A Sign', which is a bit heavier, and coupled with 'Sweet Enemy', these two create a dark edge with guitars looking for a way to escape through the floor. Sounds great to me!

'7 Days And 7 Nights' creates a sleazy bar-room energy with tapping piano amid the GnR flavoured vibe. I wonder if Axl Rose has heard this? For something different, we get a bunch of orchestral stabs on 'Pilot Of The Storm', while Jakob Samuel goes for a bit of ride with his vocals, incorporating a few different scenarios with his voice to colour the picture of the song. A flamenco sequence precedes the ballad 'Can't Let You Go', which kinda reminds me of early Scorpions. It's quite nice, but not really challenging for the band I would guess. Reverting back to their trademark melodic rock sound, 'Don't Rescue Me' is one of the album highlights, not weird and strange, but full of promise and a chorus that is totally killer. In a similar vein, the same could be said for the rather awesome 'Dream To Follow', which happens to hang on to its coattails. 'Heart Of Gold' is the album's near progressive moment, with undulating passages, stop/start moments, but still with big choruses. The finale 'Wings Of Destiny' is a sweeping acoustic/electric affair, which is quite beautiful, and would make for a great video if the band decided to entertain that possibility.. A nice way to finish up this quite versatile and varied album.


In Summary
Lot's of variety here, and the band could be earmarked for greatness given the right conditions for marketing the album. 'Clash Of The Elements' was released earlier this year on the band's own label Rosehip - and beyond that, The Poodles then signed with Blistering Records, which saw the CD reissued on August 28th throughout the rest of Europe and of course over into the USA where Blistering is already represented. I think the band certainly didn't help themselves when their albums were only initially available in Sweden, so organizing an international deal will help. I only have one issue with the album - the track order doesn't seem quite right. There are so many strong songs, but a lot of them appear toward the back end of the CD. Apart from that, it seems The Poodles will be around for a while to come. In time, I think these guys could deliver an absolute killer album.. They are close, but no cigar as yet.


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#1 | george_the_jack on September 04 2009 15:37:34
Agree George.Strong album indeed.Seems that the poodles are cream of the crop in todays hard/melodic rock scene. 'Clash of the elements' is one of the good records of 2009 but, I have to say, is still far from their great debut of 2006.
#2 | swazi on November 20 2012 23:08:08
These guys are very quiet these days. What's up ? Does this great band still exist ?
#3 | swazi on November 09 2013 13:56:05
Yep, they do still exist. Just saw them at the Heat Festival in Germany. Absolutely great performance! These guys can still kick some butt! Smile
 
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