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Blessed By A Broken Heart - 2012 Feel The Power

ARTIST: Blessed By A Broken Heart
ALBUM: Feel The Power
LABEL: Tooth & Nail Records
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Tony Gambino - vocals * Shred Sean - guitar * Tyler Hoare - bass * Slater - drums * Sam Ryder - guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Deathwish * 02 Shut Up And Rock * 03 Love Nightmare * 04 Forever * 05 Thunder Dome * 06 Holdin' Back For Nothin' * 07 I've Got You * 08 Rockin' All Night * 09 Scream It Like You Mean It * 10 Skate Or Die * 11 Innocent Blood * 12 Sleepless Nights



If you haven't heard of Canadian metallers Blessed By A Broken Heart by now, you will very shortly. Not having taken an interest myself in this Montreal based band before now, these guys have changed the recipe somewhat and have entered the glam HM stakes with gusto, based upon the January 2012 release 'Feel The Power'. Interestingly, the guys deem themselves to be Christian, reinforced by their signing to Seattle based Tooth And Nail Records, a reasonably well known Christian based label (50% owned by the EMI Christian Group) and run by Brad Ebel, himself a former A&R rep for 80's CCM label Frontline Records. Judging by the apocalyptic cover, these boys look as if they are auditioning for a new Mad Max movie, and their flashy OTT metal infuses glam, speed metal and a dab of melodic rock. Their new direction has allowed many critics to lump them in the same basket as Reckless Love, Taking Dawn, Crashdiet and a healthy dose of speed-metal symphony a la Dragonforce. With Shred Sean on lead guitar, he is to this band what Herman Li is to DF. The band go back a few years, and have released a brace of albums before this one, even signed to German label Century Media. So they know how to play with the big boys.

The Songs
It's all guns blazing from the outset, with 'Deathwish' steeped in a steely sound with vocal harmonies adding the sugar to the aural bombast. The opening riff to the classic titled 'Shut Up And Rock' is straight from the 80's, a decade that is part-n-parcel of BBABH's persona. The song drives hard, and with those shout-out gang chants you know these guys mean business! It's not all blunderbuss and bravado, as the delicate piano of 'Love Nightmare' makes way for some Scandi inspired melodic metal intensity. Not quite Amaranthe in its delivery, but the inclusion of gang-chants gives it a change-up feel. 'Forever' you've probably seen in our video feed (refer also the video link below), this will give some of you an idea as to how BBABH appear to everyone, and in the scheme of things, this could be considered their most commercial offering on the album. 'Thunder Dome' is the next track, and yes, it's easy to see where the Mad Max connection is made. Lots of sci-fi sound effects for this brief track, seguing into the monster riffs of 'Holdin' Back For Nothin', Gambino delivering with real purpose. The real change-up moment is the quite beautiful ballad 'I've Got You', a radio contender for sure, and interesting to see if the label yanks this out as a potential single in the weeks to come. Sounding like a Danger Danger clone, 'Rockin' All Night' shows the party-side to this band, and again easy to see how the glam metal comparisons have been made by others elsewhere on the Net, Gambino emulating Ted Poley to a tee! Getting back to their bread and butter, BBABH push their boundaries yet again on 'Scream It Like You Mean It', galloping along with melodic intent with those harmony vocals guaranteed to get your blood sugar levels rising. 'Skate Or Die' is one for the young pups, the metronome tested well and truly though whether pimply faced teenagers have enough intelligence to comprehend this track remains to be seen. 'Innocent Blood' moves at high-speed though still very appealing in sound and content, BBABH finishing off with the rampant 'Sleepless Nights', and listening to this melodic excursion coupled with guitar power, it's no wonder the song is titled as it is!

In Summary
Released in January 2012, this CD is making a lot of noise around the mainstream metal sites, and it would be surprising if any of the other melodic rock sites will cover this release. Somehow I don't think so, as it is easy to see how ring-fenced many of them are toward a purists view of melodic rock at the exclusion of everything else. It doesn't matter: anyone with a love of 80's hair metal and modern melodic metal will get a huge kick out of this. Blessed By A Broken Heart have made glam metal that much heavier by their mere presence within the genre, and hopefully it will stir other new bands into action. In the meantime, get a dose of BBABH and 'feel the power'!

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#1 | gdazegod on February 08 2012 04:46:41
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#2 | gdazegod on February 08 2012 04:47:16
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#3 | englandashes on February 08 2012 22:41:00
I have actually got Pedal to the Medal, but never played it, picked it up 12 months ago in Play sale, this actually will make me listen to the darn thing!, Surprising choice of label, home to Anberlin, no less.
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