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Q5 - 2016 New World Order

ALBUM: New World Order
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2016
SPONSOR: Frontiers Haulix Portal


LINEUP: Jonathan Scott K - lead and backing vocals * Rick Pierce - guitars * Dennis Turner - guitars, backing vocals * Evan Sheeley - bass, backing vocals * Jeffrey McCormack - drums, percussion, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 We Came Here To Rock * 02 One Night In Hellas * 03 The Right Way * 04 New World Order * 05 Tear Up The Night * 06 Halfway To Hell * 07 A Prisoner Of Mind * 08 Unrequited (A Woman Of Darkness And Steel) * 09 Just One Kiss * 10 Fear Is The Killer * 11 Land Of The Setting Sun * 12 A Warrior's Song * 13 Mach Opus 206 (Instrumental) * 14 Get Next To You (Bonus)


WEBLINKS: Q5 Facebook Page

These guys were part of the mid 80's scene, and included at one stage, a guitarist called Floyd Rose, who was the inventor of the Floyd Rose Tremolo locking system for guitars. Of course all of you knew that! Q5 were a key component of the Seattle hard rock scene back in the day. Their 1984 LP 'Steel The Light' (with that fancy bit of sci-fi artwork) got a licensing deal with British label Music For Nations, which is probably how many people got their hands on it outside of the USA. The band were plagued by record label nonsense for the second LP: 1986's 'When The Mirror Cracks'. You can read about it elsewhere. So surprise decades later when news filtered through that Q5 were resurfacing, and so here it is: 'New World Order', featuring original members Jonathan K, Rick Pierce and Evan Sheeley. You could also factor in drummer Jeff McCormack who was part of Q5 Part 2: Nightshade.

The Songs
Not really keen on the album title. Too much of George H Bush filtering through there. That phrase should be expunged from popular media. What about the 2016 Q5 sound? Well, if you like Krokus or AC/DC, then this will appeal. Along with Swiss faves The Order, Q5 have got the doppelganger thing down pat. Which is a shame, as I was hoping for more of what their past discography offered. I'm sorry to say for singer Jonathan K, the world did not need another Marc Storace clone. As soon as 'We Came To Rock' gets going, this comparison becomes immediate. It's even more obvious on 'The Right Way', this one could be belted out across Australian beer-barns and drunken punters would be none the wiser! 'Tear Up The Night' is fast paced, again The Order springs to mind. The mid-paced 'A Prisoner Of Mind' didn't quite capture my imagination, while 'Fear Is The Killer' is the fastest track on offer. Thankfully there is some respite. The title track does sound like Q5 from years gone by. Much better. You can add 'Unrequited' to this list too.

In Summary
Overall, I was underwhelmed by what was presented here. Q5 don't really have an identity anymore. If you were to slap this up on a metal radio station as a 'blind listen', people wouldn't have a clue. Perhaps the first few tracks people might say Krokus, which is not a good thing, and not what Q5 should be aiming for. As I sign off, I'll add by saying the musicianship is pretty good, so no problems there, and I'll give kudos to Frontiers for giving old-school punters like myself a five-second thrill.

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