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All I Know - 2010 Vanity Kills



ARTIST: All I Know
ALBUM: Vanity Kills
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
SERIAL: MRR003
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Andrew McNeice

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ward Dufraimont - lead vocals, guitar * Michael Neyt - guitar, vocals * Amely Mondy - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 All Night Long * 02 Bad Boy * 03 Asphyxia * 04 Rain (Remix 2010) * 05 Turn Back Time * 06 I Need You * 07 Into Your Heart * 08 I Wanna Rock You * 09 Sweet 17 * 10 Teenage Queen * 11 All The Way * 12 Hope And Dreams

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WEBLINKS: www.alliknow.be


Background
All I Know are another new contender on the recent Melodicrock Records. Released in tandem with Swedish sensations Degreed, this Belgian trio have arrived in 2010 with a bunch of influences attached to their resume, including the likes of Def Leppard and Poison. Formed in 2005, All I Know could very well be a Belgian 'duck out of water', because it seems there is very little in the way of melodic rock happening in the Beer Capital of Europe. Undeterred, the trio of musicians that make up this band have stuck to their guns, and eventually secured a deal with Melodicrock Records after all other avenues were exhausted. This band deliver very melodic songs that will strike at the heart of the GDAZE audience with ease. Singer Ward Dufraimont sounds like a young Kevin Cronin in places, not that everything on here sounds like REO, but it surely adds a classic rock veneer to what is a undeniable modern hard rock album.


The Songs
It's a melodic blend of hard rock, AOR, glam, modern rock even, all wrapped up in little sugar bullets of sound. Likeable from the start, 'All Night Long' could be a poppier version of Sweden's H.E.A.T though those drum fills could be giftwrapped from the late 70's power-pop movement. 'Bad Boy' might be the name of the song, but it's not as bad-ass as the songtitle would suggest, featuring bluesy verses and big choruses. I was stunned with the vocals on 'Asphxia', which sounded like primetime REO Speedwagon. The song itself has piano balladry all over it. 'Rain' has a big Def Leppard vibe through the center, reminding me of American's Wildstreet from a few years ago. The band keep up appearances on the chugging rock of 'Turn Back Time', plus the tasty power-ballad come rocker 'I Need You', which both contain loads of melody. 'Into Your Heart' has all the AOR pre-requisites in tow, again reminding me of Wildstreet, while 'I Wanna Rock You' has a slight manic edge within a modern rock setting. 'Sweet 17' has some cool passages within its structure, thick guitar riffs, keyboard layers, and harmony vocals. If you can imagine REO Speedwagon fused with modern day AOR/rockers, then you'll get the picture. Strange but true. 'Teenage Queen' is more of the same, these guys know how to deliver, I wonder what would happen if this CD was played across the airwaves in Indiana across to Indiana? 'All The Way' is a fiery rocker, with more than an ounce of Scandi influence, and if you've listened to everyone from Crazy Lixx to Reckless Love this year, then you'll enjoy this. Finishing up the album is the acoustic ballad 'Hope And Dreams', an unplugged track that completes the CD nicely.


In Summary
On All I Know's bio on the Melodicrock Records website, the band are described as a cross between Bryan Adams, Van Stephenson, REO Speedwagon and Bon Jovi - and that's certainly not far from the truth. I've added my reference points in the review above, many of the names will be familiar to GDAZE readers, so all in all a well covered list of influences. These guys are not too far behind Swedish label mates Degreed, and with some big name identities helping out behind the scenes like Beau Hill, then you can assume the band must be doing something right. An impressive trio, who have explored the boundaries of melodic rock in their own unique way. Explore for yourself, order/buy the CD from the Melodicrock Records website.


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