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V, The (Veronica Freeman) - 2015 Now Or Never

ARTIST: V, The (Veronica Freeman)
ALBUM: Now Or Never
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: Frontiers Portal


LINEUP: Veronica Freeman - lead vocals * Leather Leone - duet vocals 'Kiss My Lips' * Tony Martin - duet vocals 'King For A Day' * Meliesa McDonell - additional vocals 'Star Shine', acoustic guitars * Derek Kerswill - drums * Jeff Pilson, Mel Brown, Garry Bordonaro, Aric Avina, John O'Boyle, Mike Lepond - bass * Pete Wells, Michael Sweet, Peter Tentindo, Jimmy Durkin, Mick Tucker, Jordan Ziff, Michael Harris - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Again * 02 Now Or Never * 03 Roller Coaster * 04 L.O.V.E * 05 Line In The Sand * 06 Love Should Be To Blame * 07 Kiss My Lips * 08 Spellbound * 09 Starshine * 10 Below Zero * 11 Ready To Run * 12 King For A Day



She's better known as the voice behind San Diego metal merchants Benedictum. Veronica Freeman (a.k.a The V) sure has the power and looks to impact all those in the front-row seating of the house. Frontiers offered up a deal for her to dip her feet into melodic rock territory with this new set 'Now Or Never'. With all her familiar musical partners in crime playing on the album, it's still pretty difficult to tone this down beyond what Benedictum were creating, and even though it's not full on heavy/power metal as such, it still punches well above its weight. Benedictum lite? Maybe..

The Songs
It's been described as melodic rock by the label. Yeah it is, but only just. Thankfully the mix of songs is about half and half.. that is: metal vs rock. 'Again' is our first hearing, and I'm loving what Veronica is doing vocally. Not too keen on the heavier style here. Let's put it this way, there is nothing here that will make it to radio, but then again with neer a sniff of melody in the wind, you can be guaranteed nothing will make it past the brain-dead individuals that pass themselves off as radio executives. 'Now Or Never' could pass itself off as a sassy piece of rock in the vein of Mothers Finest. 'Roller Coaster' is a bit of a tub-thumper, played in an older classic rock style. If you could imagine Montrose with female vocals, then you'll get the idea. I kinda liked 'L.O.V.E' for its difference, so too 'Line In The Sand', which is probably the lightest fare on offer here, and for that reason alone, it's sounds great. 'Love Should Be To Blame' and 'Kiss My Lips' return Veronica to metal surrounds, and both have their good points.

'Spellbound' has a load of slapback reverb on the vocal effect, while the addition of acoustic guitar on 'Starshine' was a welcome and interesting addition. This song was probably my favourite on the album. 'Below Zero' was another intriguing tune. Caught between commercial hard rock and metal, this one captures Veronica's potential to move out of metal and into the mainstream. 'Ready To Run' punches through as a fast-paced hard rocker, the double-kick drums proving the difference here. The closer 'King For A Day' returns to Benedictum levels of heaviness. It's a duet between V and Tony Martin, and is an intense down and deep groove-laden affair, which'll grab some of you by the balls.

In Summary
Veronica certainly has enough depth and power to do something outside of the metal environment. I am not advocating a Lee Aaron transition away to jazz (btw, I think Lee was brilliant in that genre!), but perhaps something akin to blues, R&B, soul etc. Just to test the waters. There's a lot here that suggests to me that such a future is possible. After a bit of initial hesitation with this album, I came away pleasantly surprised. I hope you do too!

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