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Blood Red Saints - 2015 Speedway



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ARTIST: Blood Red Saints
ALBUM: Speedway
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 712
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: Frontiers Portal

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Pete Godfrey - vocals * Lee Revill - guitars * Rob Naylor - bass * Pete Newdeck - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Kickin' Up Dust * 02 Mercy * 03 Best Of Me * 04 Dangerous * 05 Love Set Me Up Again * 06 Better Days * 07 The Best Thing * 08 Unbreakable * 09 Wrapped Up In These Arms * 10 CGRNR * 11 Feels A Lot Like Love * 12 Faith

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WEBLINKS: www.bloodredsaints.com


Background
Blood Red Saints are a new combo formed by members out of British melodic rockers In Faith and Angels Or Kings. And if you recall our recent articles on those two bands, plus associated acts such as Bailey and Three Lions, then you'll have a very good idea where BRS are coming from. Picked up by the Frontiers label, 'Speedway' is a melodic set of tunes that comes across like an album played by a band half the age of the boys in BRS. In no way should that be considered a slight; a compliment from my perspective. Vocalist Pete Godfrey is a bit of a late bloomer in the melodic rock scene, so it was great to see him feature with In Faith. The band have some very good attributes. Loads of melody, harmony vocals, stinging guitar-work and a solid spine in the rhythm section, but I have great concern about the material on offer.


The Songs
'Kickin' Up Dust' sounds great as the album's start-point. The guitar-work from Lee Revill is like a six-string chainsaw in parts, his tone similar to early Vivian Campbell from the Dio era. 'Mercy' is the kind of track that will drill holes in your head. A powerful affair, easy to remember chorus, and an arrangement that fuses Vega and a few of the aforementioned bands listed above. A great track! From here, things take a turn for the worse. 'Best Of Me' takes awhile to get going, and hovers in that half-tempo/power ballad mode throughout. Not as edgy as the first two songs. BRS bolt on an acoustic intro to 'Dangerous', the song eventually has the electrics switched on, but it alternates between the two modes, making it an uneven listen. 'Love Set Me Up Again' is another mid-tempo power ballad, and by this stage BRS are losing momentum. 'Better Days' tries hard to wrest back control, but things don't improve with another ballad 'The Best Thing', while 'Unbreakable' can't quite shake the power-ballad thing this band are hell-bent on repeating. By now, the album is sounding like Vega and Def Leppard communing in the Sparkle Lounge. What's going on here? 'Wrapped Up In These Arms' is a big improvement, Godfrey trying his best Steve Overland impersonation. 'CGRNR' is a pointless 1 minute guitar instrumental, it's followed by 'Feels A Lot Like Love', a purist AOR track with big vocal harmonies and nice keys, but a world away from the crunch of the first two tracks. The album concludes with a piano ballad 'Faith', a disappointing way to end what started out as a promising set..


In Summary
I used the term 'uneven', and overall, that best describes 'Speedway'. There's far too many ballads here, and as mentioned, the first two tracks demonstrate how powerful this band could be, but they go and spoil it by poor song selection. I would call it an album of two halves, but really, there would only be about four decent songs out of the twelve, so we'll call it an album of three thirds. For mine, possibly the most hyped album toward the end of 2015 which doesn't stack up one iota. Filed away under 'disappointment'.


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#1 | swazi on December 13 2015 13:00:27
Hmmm ... I'm quite surprised you didn't like this one, George. I actually think it is great! But to each his own ..... Wink
#2 | gdazegod on December 13 2015 19:23:19
As stated, too many ballads.
#3 | jeffrey343 on October 20 2017 21:49:42
While I agree with George that there are too many songs that can't decide whether they are ballads or rockers, I would rate this higher. It does sound good, and when they are rocking, they're very solid. I really enjoy that In Faith album where Godfrey handled lead vocals, and this is pretty close. Just choose a style for each song and stick to it!
 
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