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220 Volt - 2014 Walking In Starlight



ARTIST: 220 Volt
ALBUM: Walking In Starlight
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH00103
YEAR: 2014

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LINEUP: Anders Engberg - vocals * Thomas Drevin - guitars * Mats Karlsson - guitars * Peter Hermansson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Walking In Starlight * 02 System Overload * 03 Broken Promises * 04 Alive * 05 Blind * 06 Stranded * 07 Get Me Out * 08 The Waiting * 09 Through The Wastelands * 10 Burning Heart * 11 Take A Good Look * 12 One Good Reason * 13 Guiding Light

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WEBLINKS: www.220volt.se


Background
During the 80's I wasn't that big a fan of 220 Volt. However, that changed as soon as 1988's 'Eye To Eye' was released; a game changer in my books. It was because of that one album, that I took more of an interest in the band, and will admit that most of their material is pretty good. They've been on and off the map since their 80's heyday, with albums sporadically released in 1997 and 2005. However this new set in 2014 shows some of the style from their late 80's period, which can only be encouraging for some of the GDM readers. Lead singer Anders Engberg is new to the band, having previously sung with Therion and Lions Share, and he sounds seamless here.


The Songs
There's a power of listening on 'Walking In Starlight'; thirteen tracks just a touch on an hour, so you've got a lot of material to contend with. It covers all the typical hard rock styles: full-on rockers, mid-tempo stuff, one or two ballads. The title-track opener could've been sourced from the same era as 'Eye To Eye', the song is similar though the production values are different. I do like it when 220 Volt kick it up a notch as with 'System Overload' and 'Alive', both songs have a ton of energy, so too 'Blind' and 'Get Me Out' though a rung or two below those previous two. 'Broken Promises' and 'The Waiting' aim up as rock anthems and have the choruses and refrains to match. 'Burning Heart' moves in melodic circles while the pairing of 'Take A Good Look' and 'One Good Reason' show a distinct blues/hard rock direction. Not quite House Of Shakira but in that same overall vein.


In Summary
Yes, this is a surprising good album. The more I dug deeper into 'Walking In Starlight' the more I enjoyed it. Put it this way, it's much better than the recent Dalton release; both bands operating during the same timeframe back in the 80's. Definitely an album to give a decent listen, and if you had any misconceptions reading other reviews of the album elsewhere online, then don't. 220 Volt get my vote as the surprise return of 2014.


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