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Peters, Martie (Group) - 2005 MPG

Martie Peters - vocals
Martin Slott - guitars
Anthony Lledo - guitars, bass, keyboards
BJ - bass
Jakob Schlein - drums

The Martie Peters Group won't be the most memorable name or band to have ever set foot outside of their native Denmark. However it beats a name like Impaled Nazarene I guess. Peters was previously with Danish rockers Push, who had acquired something of a reputation as a second division White Lion clone. No doubt due to the Mike Tramp vocal comparison. Chuck in there a rough Bryan Adams and Ole Evenrude and you'll have this version of MPG down hat. When I first chucked this album on, I was fearing the worst. As I navigated through the tracks, it gradually got better. Still generating a low to medium response on the famous GLORY-DAZE thrill-o-meter is better than generating no response at all. My view for all the readers is: give it a listen, because there is variety, and that is something that Peters was aiming for on the album, so I guess he achieved it. Where is it I hear you ask?

The Songs
I'll cast my thought s over a few of these. The opener ' The Beast Inside' was previously featured on an MTM compilation months before this album was released. For such a menacing song-title this comes off very underwhelming and it didn't do a lot for me unfortunately. The smooth 'Pride' era of White Lion is resurrected on 'Only Dreaming', and this is much better stuff. And when the power ballad kicks in with 'Number 1', I ended up rewinding it a few times for more listening delight. So far so good. 'Takes Some Time' is a sparse sounding piano ballad, sounding rather empty, but things improve on 'Heart Is An Empty Space' even if it is play-by-numbers melodic rock. 'Take Me Over The Edge' has a modern edge to it, like a lite 40ft Ringo. The band go upbeat with 'Bird On A Wire', and though it has some nice parts to it, again, it is very formularised. 'Hard To Choose' is a nice On The Rise meets Evenrude track, very melodic, with a commercial strain of southern rock flowing through it. The closer is the Rod Stewart penned 'Dixie Toot', and it's a good bluesy workout with its legacy sourced from the seventies.

In Summary
For those of you looking for a White Lion or Push soundalike, you will be disappointed. Not because they don't sound like either because they do, but because they touch on many other acts too. Dare I say it.. 'MPG' is typical 21st century Euro melodic rock, played well, but played without passion in my books. We get well worn riffs and retreaded ideas, mostly sounding ok, but it isn't going to the top of the class like some of the revered releases featured on this site. Despite that, still some good moments onboard, and worth a look-in for that reason.

Track Listing:
01 The Beast Inside
02 Riot On The 5th Floor
03 Only Dreaming
04 Number 1
05 Takes Some Time
06 Heart Is An Empty Space
07 A World Without You
08 Take Me Over The Edge
09 Bird On The Wire
10 Hard To Choose
11 Dixie Toot


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