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W.E.T - 2013 Rise Up



ARTIST: W.E.T
ALBUM: Rise Up
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 594
YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jeff Scott Soto - lead vocals * Erik M†rtensson - guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals * Robert Sall - keyboards, guitars * Robban B„ck - drums * Magnus Henriksson - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Walk Away * 02 Learn To Live Again * 03 Rise Up * 04 Love Heals * 05 What You Want * 06 The Moment * 07 Bad Boy * 08 On The Run * 09 Broken Wings * 10 Shot * 11 Still Believe * 12 Still Unbroken * 13 Victorious (bonus)

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Background
Pretty much a supergroup in Swedish and AOR circles, W.E.T is the collaboration between Robert Sall (Work Of Art), Erik Martensson (Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman). The initials stand for the names of each member's respective bands. 2009 saw the release of their first album, of which the individual songwriting efforts by Martensson and Sall was scrapped, only to start again afresh as a totally cohesive effort. That album was one of the picks of that year, and four years later I'll concede it's pretty good. During that break, all members have been busy with their own projects; most of them reviewed here, probably with the exception of Soto's solo work, which I must get around to. Maartenson has been the busiest, his own band Eclispe setting the bar to a very high level. Sall too has been on many and varied projects. To be honest, I've been looking forward to this latest W.E.T album knowing what everyone has achieved in the last few years, and the songs on 'Rise Up' don't disappoint.


The Songs
The album was completed sometime in advance of its 2013 release date, W.E.T completing 10 songs but adding 3 extras bringing the total to 13. The two opening tracks 'Walk Away' and 'Rise Up' were part of those extras, and they are pretty damn good. It's guitar fuelled melodic rock stomping with big choruses designed to impress. 'Love Heals' eases up slightly, moody and restrained with a Leppard like chorus, that one was too easy.. nice though. The king hits keep coming, with 'What You Want' landing a right cross, to then be offset by a left uppercut courtesy of 'Bad Boy'. Probably the heaviest track on offer is the steamy 'On The Run', glazed with thick riffs and melodic elements straight out of H.E.A.T's songbook. As simple as it sounds, 'Shot' may be minimilist in songtitle, but has similarities to Harry Hess and his First Signal project from a couple of years ago, especially that chorus. Ballad time arrives with 'Still Believe', it probably should've been higher up the song order, and though good quality wise the structure is formulaic. Tailing off with 'Still Unbroken' and the foot-stomping 'Victorious' (similar to Yngwie Malmsteen), W.E.T complete their 2013 offering in fine fettle.


In Summary
W.E.T are undoubtedly one of the premier Scandi melodic rock bands around at the moment. Their sound seems to weigh in favour of that heard with Martensson's Eclipse. I would have liked to have heard more of Sall's Work Of Art influences filter through the mix, as that would've provided greater contrast. Still, it's an album with lots of listening time ahead for me, as I haven't really let this one sink in yet. I'm not sure where this will end up in the year-end mix, but it should be there or thereabouts.


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Comments
#1 | george_the_jack on July 02 2013 20:50:56
Seriously lacks when/if put aside the debut. That majesty captured back in 2009 was hard to be beaten by this 2nd step and most of the fans we knew it from the very beginning. Nevrtheless ''Rise Up'' is still a goodie with 4-5 top class songs. ''Shot'' is probably the best song I've heard so far in 2013.
#2 | swazi on October 28 2013 22:40:28
Great album and a fantastic performance at Firefest 2013.
 
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