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Angels Or Kings - 2014 Kings Of Nowhere



ARTIST: Angels Or Kings
ALBUM: Kings Of Nowhere
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH00105
YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Barrie Jackson - vocals * Tony Bell - guitars * Rob Naylor - bass * Steve Kenney - guitars, keyboards * Andy Chemmey - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Any Other Girl * 02 A Harder Place * 03 Ice Turned To Rain * 04 Real Life * 05 Same Star * 06 Someone To Save Me * 07 Left Me In Love * 08 A Night Like This * 09 Another Lost Boy * 10 Same Old Love * 11 If Her Tears Could Talk * 12 Kings Of Nowhere

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WEBLINKS: www.angelsorkings.com


Background
If you've read many of my articles during 2014, you will have singled out how well British AOR acts have fared. You can add Angels Or Kings to this list. Better known as AOK during their previous incarnation during the early 90's, the band were snuffed out by the prevailing grunge scene, but like many others that have resurrected themselves in the 21st century, they have have come back to life better than ever. It seems marriage, kids, a steady job and income, much better music technology (cheaper too btw !) have all conspired to make life easier for some of these older bands, without losing their identity, maybe excepting long flowing locks of hair! Angels Or Kings present some incredible material. One can only assume they were a band with unfortunate timing, because if this material was available back in 1992 then the industry of the day would have shut this lot down in 5 seconds considering the likes of Nirvana and Soundgarden and the crap they were spewing were the flavour of the day.


The Songs
So let's listen to some of AOK's material. If you've read some of the content generated by the likes of Rob Evans (AOR Underground) and through AOR Classics magazine, then some of you will already be familiar with AOK. No two ways about it, an impressive Manchester band, that had something to offer, though were chronologically challenged on their path to success. A heap of good songs here, a lot of songs that cross the 'love lost' divide, but most of the readers here all immune to all of that! 'Any Other Girl' should give listeners the perfect introduction as to what AOK are all about. Guitars, keyboards and vocals all to the fore. 'A Harder Place' is a classic indicator to Brit AOR, no better demonstrated than through this band. This is like Shy on steroids without the helium induced vocals. The title track is next; 'Kings Of Nowhere', it reminds me of an album I recently reviewed; From The Fire; power ballad infused with a bundle of melody, though a tad heavier. 'Ice Turned To Rain' is a fantastic AOR song-title, and if you can imagine FM (UK) doing this at a slightly tougher level, then you'll understand where AOK are going with this. There's some nice tinkly keyboard leading into 'Same Star', it's perhaps their most AOR oriented moment, and from where I'm sitting, sounds kinda killer! You can't go wrong with songs that head toward the back end of the album. 'Someone To Save Me', the keyboard tap friendly ditties of 'Left Me In Love' and 'Another Lost Boy', the tough 'Same Ol Love' or the ivory-friendly 'If Her Tears Would Talk'.


In Summary
AOR Heaven's Georg Siegl is doing well picking up some of these pre grunge UK AOR outfits that were well known on the underground AOR circuit prior to the grunge scene kicking in. Scottish outfit Zero Zero is another one of these, and you'll be reading about them very shortly on GDM when my CD arrives in the post. In the meantime, Angels Or Kings represent a very strong brand of British AOR, and their presence is very much deserved and overdue in 2014.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on December 13 2014 15:16:28
Another very good 2014 release. I'm not putting this on repeat play as frequently as some of the other albums from the year, but it is definitely a good solid album that's getting a good amount of airtime from me. Lots of good songs that would have sounded perfect about 25 years ago.
#2 | george_the_jack on March 04 2015 13:01:35
A great record and possibly a future classic. I'm not very fond of this kind of vocals nevertheless this doesn't put me off from rating it highly. (9.5/10). The songwriting is top notch and it's, needless to say, one of the best albums of 2014 IMO.
#3 | jeffrey343 on March 06 2015 15:32:23
I do think a smoother vocal delivery would have benefited this album. It kind of reminds me of the Bad Habit album a few years ago where the vocals didn't work as well for me as they did for others. But yeah, there are some very nice songs here.
 
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