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Seven Hard Years - 2014 No Place In Heaven

ARTIST: Seven Hard Years
ALBUM: No Place In Heaven
LABEL: Lynchburg Records
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Alan Kelly - drums * Roy Davis - bass * Dave Martin, Elliot Sora Kelly - guitars * Martin Walls, Claire Kelly - bass * Shawn Pelata - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Angels Fly * 02 Hold Me Now * 03 Live Without You * 04 You Lie * 05 Call Me Tonight * 06 Never Meant To Hurt You * 07 No More Yesterdays * 08 No Place In Heaven * 09 Say What You Gotta Say * 10 Say Those Lies * 11 Show Some Emotion * 12 You Are The One


WEBLINKS: /www.facebook.com/AK7HY

There's a whole heap of British melodic rock expertise evident on this new release from 7HY. The band is Seven Hard Years, or as they went previously - Alan Kelly's Seven Hard Years. Kelly is better known from his days as the drummer with Brit AORsters Shy. He's since kept busy in his own home studio down on the south coast of England, and when he approached his former Shy bandmate Roy Davis, there was only going to be one eventual outcome. Bringing onboard other well known musicians, including American Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire), Dave Martin (Marshall Law), Martin Wall (After Hours), the band was also joined by Elliot Kelly (Ocean City) and Claire Kelly, I assume members of the Alan Kelly family. The album is the first to be released on Lynchburg Records, for which Roy Davis is the CEO.

The Songs
I like what this band has to offer. A mixture of traditional classic and/or melodic rock with a British flavour, but with some transatlantic hundreds and thousands. I thought the mix was a bit uneven when listening to these songs, but some of them were pretty good despite the obvious rough edges. 'Hold Me Now' is a case in point, a song with some depth to it, Journey meets Two Fires; great guitar melodies too. 'You Lie' is a very direct rocker, upfront musically and lyrically. A great tune. So too 'No More Yesterdays', which has the same sort of serious vibe that Shadowking once had. The keyboard effects are very cool, as is the arrangement. You can't complain about the title track 'No Place In Heaven', a myriad of influences to be heard here, most of which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 'Say What You Gotta Say' has appeal too, while 'Show Some Emotion' is complimented by some modern effects and keyboard touches.

In Summary
For those of you having a think about this album, I suggest you give it a chance. As I mentioned, this has a lot to offer, and I'm going to be putting it on deep rotation over the next few weeks. The fact that 7HY has a solid connection to Shy adds to their credibility. Shawn Pelata's vocal contribution was vital, and helped give it that melodic rock permeation (if there is such a word), that connected the dots between Britain and the USA. A great start, love to see how Alan now follows this up with album number two in a year or so's time.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 13 2014 10:31:31
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