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Panik - 2004 A Page Torn

Rick Legacy - vocals, guitars
Ang Cimino - guitars
Mike Piraino - bass
Brian Hamilton - drums

Keeping it different yet again are the UK label Escape Music, adding to their roster a band who reside on the other side of the Atlantic. From Ontario Canada come the young band Panik. They may be recent, but it appears the band members have been around since the early 90's. The monicker might not sound encouraging, but thankfully the sound is in the 'zone'. If an edgier version of Harem Scarem with a few infusions of Nickelback is your cuppa, then go grab a biscuit and listen up. Based around the talent of main man Rick Legacy, it's quite clear this guy knows how to pen a decent tune or three. That is easily distinguished by the twelve tracks onboard 'A Page Torn'. The modern edge is (to my ears) a lesser distinction when compared to their other trait, which is early 90's melodic hard rock. Let's dissect a few of these tracks, because all up, it's pretty good!.

The Songs
The ability to load up the good songs at the start is apparent here, but don't be mistaken for thinking we're gonna fade away at the finish, because we don't! 'Crush' complete with strutty guitars is a good demonstration of their style. 'Find A Way' has an awesome chorus, that competes well with Harem Scarem's best moments. Taking a reflective moment out is the tune 'Amazing'.. edgy, but with sombre moments to contrast it up a bit. Next up is 'Gear Girl' which could be a remix of The Calling's 'Wherever You Will Go', such is the similarity. 'Harder' befits the songtitle, a gritty tune which still contains ample melody, and along with 'Die For You', those remarkable similarities to Scarem rear their head yet again. Fine by me he says.. Going where no modern rock band has gone, Panik take on Judas Priest's 'You've Got Another Thing Coming' in their own indomitable style, and well done to them for doing so. If I'm asked to select a album highlight, I guess it would have to be the momentous 'Fly', which changes style, tempo, and approach during the course of the song. It's mid-tempo mostly, but the song-construct is clever and less predictable. 'Friends' is both powerful and constrained in the one motion, while soaring to a higher place is the melodic 'Life Worth Living'. The album finishes off with the southern sounding 'In A Moment'.

In Summary
Now, if a band can capture and hold my interest during the first couple of tunes, then they're 'in' so to speak. Panik do exactly that, and though they have many aspects which at first glance might appear to be offputting, dig deeper. That is what Khalil and Barrie have done, their unnerving ability to find melody in the most unlikeliest of places strikes again. Fans of Harem Scarem during their better moments would be wise to check this out!

Sponsor: Escape Music

Track Listing:
01 Crush
02 Find A Way
03 Amazing
04 Gear Girl
05 Harder
06 Die For You
07 Another Thing Coming
08 Fly
09 Friends
10 Middle
11 Life Worth Living
12 In A Moment

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