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Vaduz - 2012 Better Days

ALBUM: Better Days
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Brian Wade - vocals * Ringo Lee - guitars * Jimmy Krio - bass * Matt Finn - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Workin' Band * 02 I Saw The Light Again * 03 Better Days * 04 Thy Kingdom Come * 05 Hey Yeah * 06 Enemy * 07 Faces In The Storm * 08 Lowdown Blues * 09 On My Way



I'm always up for a dollop of good time rock n roll, and with American band Vaduz, my delivery has just arrived! This quartet originate from Waterloo Iowa, and can now be added to the list of melodic hard rock bands from that fair state which was previously occupied by Lynn Allen, Litterer and The Hawks. Are you thinking what I'm thinking.. strange band name or what? Well it isn't really, the band are named after the capital of Liechtenstein (vadoosh), the small European country stuck between Switzerland and Austria. A long way from home this band are for sure, but the music isn't, holding center-stage on a site like this, tailor made for the GD readers. The songs aren't exactly new either; they are a mix of way older songs with more current ones, hence the uneveness of the material, but overall Vaduz have done a good job with it.

The Songs
Listening to 'Workin' Band' on the recent AOR Classics Presents AOR issue 8, I was kinda struck by how infectious that song was. Kinda Bon Jovi in the vocal department, and very hair metal 80's/90's elsewhere. Short and sweet in just under 3 minutes, like it already. 'I Saw The Light Again' has a dash on Stryper about it, and not just because of the song-title which is purely coincidental. The title track features some chugging guitar work (think T-Rex's 'Get It On') and a mildly approachable form of commercial rock. You cannot deny that 'Thy Kingdom Come' has religious connections (Brian Wade is a Christian but the band isn't), which could end up confusing listeners unfamilar with the band. I didn't really like this song as it was; the strange mid section change-up with shakers and percussion was unusual to say the least. It's good to see Vaduz get back into the rock groove again with 'Hey Yeah'. They sound much better when they do so. The vocal melodies are great, so too the chorus. 'Enemy' is a different story altogether, a brooding dark edged rocker that crawls and stalks rather than throwing itself in your face. 'Faces In The Storm' is the epic styled power ballad, but at a touch under 4 minutes, it's probably too short and derivative to be considered such. 'Lowdown Blues' won't spring any surprises if you are already a blues supporter; this song replaying every cliche in that genre without fail. 'On My Way' is a reminder of the melody rich hair metal provided by a band such as Warrant circa 1989.

In Summary
Thinking about these guys and their sound, it wouldn't be out of the question to suggest that they would fit in quite nicely on a label such as Kivel Records. Kivel's roster is a match made in heaven. To cement their claim as hard rock contenders, Vaduz need to return to the studio and deliver some new material. Only then will we know how good these guys really are, but from where I'm standing, they sound pretty damn good thus far!

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#1 | gdazegod on April 27 2013 14:44:55
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