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Beautiful Beast - 2014 Kick Down The Barricades

ARTIST: Beautiful Beast
ALBUM: Kick Down The Barricades
LABEL: Platinum Blonde
YEAR: 2014
SPONSOR: Germusica


LINEUP: Julian Angel - lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar * Frank Mc Douglas - bass, backing vocals * Ramy Ali - drums, percussion, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bad Boys Never Dance * 02 Big Stuff * 03 Can't Stand The Fiction * 04 Shock 'Em Dead * 05 The Night Cries For You * 06 Unsexy * 07 Kick Down The Barricades * 08 Shake Me Back Home * 09 High On Love * 10 Six In The Red



There's something imminently catchy about German hair-metal provocateurs Beautiful Beast. I haven't taken a true interest in this sub-genre in the past, quite prepared instead for Kelv Hellrazer to lead the charge while I watched from the sidelines. I came back to this band because we did review their 2011 album 'Adult Oriented Candy', but strangely we missed out on their 'California Suntan' CD the following year (I must get around to that one). To give me an incentive, I received a link to this new one 'Kick Down The Barricades' from Germusica's Birgitt Schwanke. Of course, Julian Angel has been featured here a few times, while his drummer Ramy Ali was previously with GDM faves Frontline.

The Songs
Angel is the man mostly. Singer, songwriter, arranger, guitarist with two compadres to round out the sound. Vocally, Julian sounds like a cross between Robin McAuley and Bonfire's Claus Lessman. You'll hear it once you listen to it. 'Bad Boys Never Dance' is the album's opener plus first choice for video (see below). You'll see Kelv at the start of the vid! 'Big Stuff' is a sprawlin' crawlin' hair metal parade, whereas 'Can't Stand The Fiction' is all about anthems. Well, actually, they're all anthems really! I like the trad hard rock of 'Shock 'Em Dead', comparable to anything of a hair metal persuasion shown on MTV back in the late 80's. It's power ballad time as 'The Night Cries For You' offers up the Kleenex for your teary eyes. Hah! Just kidding, let Julian and the boys rock you up with a whole bunch of 'Unsexy'. Not quite 'Unskinny Bop', but you get the groove. Next up is the retro-ready title track 'Kick Down The Barricades', with a hint of Kix and Great White showing through. It's Cinderella time with 'Shake Me Back Home', toss in some cowpoke Tesla perhaps Tangier as well, not forgetting the spurs and stetsons. 'High On Love' is the most commercial track here, featuring a chorus straight out of AOR land, while the closer 'Six In The Red' follows 'Shock 'Em Dead' out of the MTV studios toward the rear car park. An 80's sing-a-long anthem that bows at the altar of bands like Black N Blue and Helix.

In Summary
Hair metal is alive and well with the Beastly ones leading the way. There's no hint of modern metal. It's all about the 80's baby! There's no excuse, no apology, no damn caring about the modern age, and that's the way we like it!

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#1 | gdazegod on April 17 2014 12:16:40
Julian Angel and Beautiful Beast - Bad Boys Never Dance

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