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Lucky Thir13n - 2011 March Of The Young

ARTIST: Lucky Thir13n
ALBUM: March Of The Young
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Elias Elias - lead vocals, rhythm guitars * Nash - lead guitars * Alex 'Tze' - bass * Tsaky Dee - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro/Alibi * 02 Feels Like Coming Home * 03 Get In My Way * 04 Rivers Run Dry (feat Invoker) * 05 Amazing * 06 Another Memory * 07 Forever Free (March Of The Young) * 08 Yeah I Want It * 09 R n R (feat Vivian and DJ Space) * 10 Operation Overload * 11 Say Goodbye


WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/lthirteen

A couple of years ago, we looked at young Greek band Lucky 13, and a demo they presented. You can read the review article at the tail of this one. Dressed in a modern melodic rock groove with a hint of glam/sleaze, the boys have changed tack with their new album 'March Of The Young'. Whereas previously they threw together a sound that mixed a lot of the 80's and 90's hard rock influences, here on 'March Of The Young', they stepped out beyond their comfort zone to present something more challenging, though I feel they've lost a bit of identity along the way.

The Songs
The lead-off 'Intro/Alibi' is a bit misleading, with its flute and melodic strains presenting a folky tune, but it's only for a fleeting minute, before things get real interesting. The 'Alibi' part of this 5 minute track is a pearler. Two songs from their earlier demo have made it onto the new album. 'Feels Like Coming Home' is certainly heavier than the original, with harder riffs and tougher sound. 'Get In My Way' sounds similar to the original, again those Bryan Adams 'Run To You' like guitar melodies are to the fore, the whole thing rocking out real well. From this point onward, the Lucky Ones go to a new place, 'Rivers Run Dry' (featuring cookie monster vocals from someone called Invoker) is certainly different, not exactly my cup of tea I'm afraid (and admittedly I've heard better harsh vocals). Not too sure what the boys are trying to prove here. Return to normal transmission is resumed for 'Amazing', and the rather lush and soundscape oriented 'Another Memory' is pretty good too, though the rap flavoured 'RnR' is another I couldn't get into. I give the band kudos for trying to be different, but these alternate genres don't work. The drums kick into double overdrive for 'Forever Free (March Of The Young)', it's a frantic mix of hard pop and surf metal, the sort of song you hear on those surfing/bodyboarding DVD's. 'Yeah I Want It' is much better presented, still angst driven and frantic but with more melody around the edges. 'Operation Overload' gives the impression that Lucky 13 should be based in California or Hawaii and become the darlings of the surf fraternity, such is their affinity for the pop culture surrounding the sport. Finishing off the album, 'Say Goodbye' is a return to the melodic rock genre, and reinforces what I heard on the demo previously.

In Summary
'March Of The Young' isn't a purists melodic rock CD by any means. There are a few genres to choose from, and from my perspective, I'm not sure if the band have entirely settled on what sound and in which direction they should follow. Once they've got that sorted out, then perhaps they can lock into that. By combining modern rock, melodic rock, surf metal, harsh death metal vocals and rap - all within the space of one album is bound to confuse punters. A likeable band, Lucky Thir13n just need to sort out their Jekyll and Hyde perceptions and give their fans and listeners a bit more consistency in their song choices.

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