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Dallas - 2012 Over The Edge [ep]

ARTIST: Dallas
ALBUM: Over The Edge [ep]
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Bryan Dallas - all vocals, all instruments

TRACK LISTING: 01 This Love * 02 The Devil Is Rock N Roll * 03 Bring The Light * 04 Over The Edge * 05 I Close My Eyes


He's pretty fresh-faced, but Californian Bryan Dallas is recounting the late 80's as if he were born to it. In fact, I'd hazard a guess and say that the 26 yr old was still far too young to even remember the days of Def Leppard, Brian MacDonald Group and Blue Tears, but his style is a copy-cat doppelganger on this 5 track EP 'Over The Edge'. The EP might be a new 2012 release, but the songs are from a few years in the making, and across different studios. Not that it matters, because the five songs showcase where the young man is at, and it'll surely appeal to many.

The Songs
'This Love' gets us off to a great start, soaring guitars and multi-part vocals makes for a solid introduction and entrance for Mr Dallas. 'The Devil Is Rock N Roll' is a pure footstomper, with a glam attitude to match. Think Slade and Sweet in their prime with a modern Swedish edge, and perhaps.. just perhaps we might have a good fit here.. I like the ideas on 'Bring The Light', but the major let down here are the flat sounding drums and the shrieking vocals toward the end. The best song without question is the title track 'Over The Edge', which brings together all the influences that we mentioned earlier, chuck in Tower City as well plus a handful of others, and we're in the zone. 'I Close My Eyes' is the ballad, but still, we hear stacked vocals and the Def Leppard gamut of tricks and ideas which made the late 80's pretty much their own I'd say. Except with Dallas, he doesn't have the luxury of a Mutt Lange. So all in all, an impressive display for a newbie!

In Summary
'Over The Edge' is a great little cameo, and no doubt we'll be hearing more from Bryan. Given a fully fledged professional production, and his songs could sound like a million bucks. One for the future I'd say.

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