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Roadfever - 2013 Wolf Pack

ARTIST: Roadfever
ALBUM: Wolf Pack
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 13-11-0059
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Stevie 'Manou' Pike - lead vocals * David Pariat - guitars, vocals * Jessie Be - bass * Pascal Bavaud - drums

Guest: Mat Sinner - co lead vocal 'Magic Sun'.

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wolf Pack * 02 The Dice Will Roll * 03 Wings Of An Eagle * 04 Black Moon Breeze * 05 Magic Sun * 06 Warning Shot * 07 Drain Your Mind * 08 On The Other Side * 09 Ride The Ocean * 10 Brother * 11 Red Horse



It was good to see Swiss rockers Roadfever appear once again as we draw to a close for 2013. Now signed to Gregor Klee's Avenue of Allies label, their newie 'Wolf Pack' is set to excite, especially if you are a fan of commercial sounding southern rock. Yes, it's true there's a hint of AC/DC but only in the guitar tone and nowhere else. Tangier and/or Gotthard with female vocals is the best comparison I can come up with. In fact, it's pretty much what I said in my previous review of 2009's 'Wheels On Fire', so in between the four years, they've kept it pretty much intact.

The Songs
The title track kicks things off with some great guitar evident early on from David Pariat. The song theme is powerful given the lyrics and imagery. Manou Pike's bluesy voice is to the fore on 'The Dice Will Roll', a solid melodic rocker with commercial leanings. 'Wings Of An Eagle' combines acoustic and electric elements and is really good, especially the guitar solos. 'Black Moon Breeze' is a great name for a song, the slide guitar adding to the blues laden delivery, 'Magic Sun' is a mostly acoustic/electric duet featuring Mat Sinner alongside Manou. Things crank up big time for the sassy 'Warning Shot', a song driven by some solid riffing from Pariat. Once you get past the AC/DC'isms of 'Drain Your Mind', the song builds into something useful. This one has 'play it live' written all over it. 'On The Other Side' is a touch on the mild side, a nice singable chorus keeping the whole thing commercial. 'Ride The Ocean' is probably my favourite track on the album. A power ballad, with some faint strings/synths in the background which adds to the occasion. It's a dramatic affair swimming in minor chords and works real well. The acoustic led 'Brother' could be Roadfever's unplugged epic, turning electric by the halfway mark. There's a heap of southern rock influence here, and is another to rank highly by yours truly. The band return to their trademark riff-laden sound courtesy of 'Red Horse'. We've written about an ironhorse, blackhorse, darkhorse, plus a whitehorse, but never red. Here's to the equine's of our world!

In Summary
The approach from Roadfever is to keep it very much in the old school vein. I'm thinking that the material kinda fades in and out of your consciousness as you work through the album. For me, it's a likeable set of songs as I'm fond of the older 'glory-daze' type style as it is, but will admit that others will not share the same sentiment. If you give this platter some blocked out time on your schedule, you may well come to appreciate some of the good songs on here as I did. Strangely, I think the back-end of the album is slightly stronger than the front-half, but overall, another good effort from these Swiss rockers!

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#1 | gdazegod on December 02 2013 02:56:40
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