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Mr Scary - 2009 The World Can Wait



ARTIST: Mr Scary
ALBUM: The World Can Wait
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: MRS001
YEAR: 2009
CD REISSUE: 2nd reprint
SPONSOR: Ray Martens

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Damien King - vocals * Zoran Markovski - guitars * Scott Dilley - bass * Ray Martens - keyboards * Vic De Filippis - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heart And Soul * 02 Everything Put Together * 03 The World Can Wait * 04 I'll Always Be * 05 Rachel * 06 Let Me Rock * 07 You Want It All * 08 Same Kind Of Crazy * 09 Rose Coloured Glasses * 10 3 O'Clock (bonus) * 11 Everything (bonus)

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WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/mrscary100


Background
Mr Scary were a band that had its origins sourced from New Zealand, but eventually ended up in Australia. Formed around 1989/1990, Mr Scary played mostly around the Auckland area, gigs at seasoned venues such as The Powerstation and The Gluepot were regular events, plus they toured and shared the stage with NZ's hair metal heroes of the day: Nine Livez and Push Push. Two of the members, lead singer Damien King and bassist Scott Dilley crossed the Tasman to live in Sydney Australia and bought with them the legacy of Mr Scary. Various members have played with the band, including guitarist BK, who was also a member of Nobodys Fool, a Sydney band who are well featured here at GLORY-DAZE. Unfortunately for us modern day fans, Mr Scary are no longer in operation, but the band have released a retrospective of their material onto CD under the title 'The World Can Wait'. They did release a 3 track cassette during 1991/1992, but this CD with a few more songs added should keep AOR fans very happy. This is their second re-print on the CD, so copies must be flying off the shelves.. lol!


The Songs
For those of you that enjoyed that guitar/keyboard interplay that fellow Aussies Roxus were dishing out, then Mr Scary deliver in a similar vein. Lead singer Damien King has a voice that reminds me of De Mont's Craig Morrison, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out where these guys were coming from. There are some gorgeous keyboard layers provided by ivory meister Ray Martens plus some well executed guitar work from Zoran Markovski. The material here is divided into two camps. Faster paced tracks which typify melodic hard rock/AOR, the other camp is filled with power ballads; acoustic guitar or piano led songs that eventually meet up at the melodic hard rock crossroads. Highlights include the opening trio of 'Heart And Soul', 'Everything Put Together' and the title track 'The World Can Wait', the latter features some searing guitar which sounds a touch 'too hot' in the production stakes. Another highlight is the excellent 'Some Kind Of Crazy', which could be a rehash of Roxus's 'My Way'. I also liked the Ray Martens written track '3 O'Clock' which suggests to me that there is a wealth of songwriting possibilities coming out of his head. I understand that Ray is back songwriting again, so hopefully we'll see some of these materialise in future.


In Summary
Mr Scary did play all around the Sydney venues at the time, we suppose the band folded due to the prevailing conditions of the day. Since then, the members have gone onto other gigs, most notably Ray Martens who tickled the keys for 20 Grams (who then changed their name to Paindivison, featuring Stu Marshall, formerly of Dungeon and more recently of new band Empires Of Eden). Ray has since left for other musical ventures. Damien King is still singing in Australia while Scott Dilley returned home to NZ and ended up playing in a cover band called Hands Off. Check out Mr Scary's MySpace website link to see how you can obtain a copy of this very rare CD while the second print is still around. For fans of other Aussie acts such as DeMont and Roxus, or perhaps an inclination toward early Danger Danger, you can now add Mr Scary to the list! Very impressive.


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#1 | Traveller in time on April 30 2010 21:39:10
Got the CD from the band last week, a very good CD.
Enjoyed it very much.

Alf
#2 | swazi on October 29 2011 12:43:50
Yep, so did I. And a good decision it was, because this CD seems to go for big bucks these days. I saw it for $50 on evilbay just the other day.
 
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