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Tainted Nation - 2016 On The Outside

ARTIST: Tainted Nation
ALBUM: On The Outside
LABEL: Pride And Joy Music
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Pete Newdeck - vocals * Mark Cross - drums * Pontus Egberg - bass * Ian Nash, Joel Peters - guitar * Issa - guest lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Live And Die * 02 Defiance * 03 Fight * 04 Barriers * 05 On The Outside * 06 The Stroke * 07 Ordinary Life * 08 Karma * 09 Going To Hell * 10 About A Boy * 11 Pulling Me Under * 12 Welcome To War * 13 Back To Earth


Tainted Nation are a new band to me. They did apparently release a 2013 CD called 'F.E.A.R' which skipped my newsdesk at the time, but not so the second time around, as 'On The Outside' brings this five-piece into my workspace. Mostly a British band, singer Pete Newdeck comes from Eden's Curse and Blood Red Saints, Nash comes from Lionsheart and was also in the second incarnation of Grim Reaper. Peters comes from British rock band Fury, while the rhythm section is like royalty, Sweden's Pontus Egberg The Poodles is on bass while the drummer par excellence is Mark Cross (Firewind and Outloud). A talented line-up it would seem.

The Songs
Tainted Nation are delivering a solid format of heavy rock with veritable doses of melody amid the sonic thunderclap and dark soundscape. The production is modern and has some quirky moments, the entire CD thick with the dual guitar work of Ian Nash and Joel Peters. The songs all deal with topical 21st century subject matter, not all of it positive nor uplifting. Live And Die', 'Defiance', 'Welcome To War', 'Karma' and 'Going To Hell' all paint a picture. Norwegian songstress Issa joins Newdeck on a vocal duet for 'Pulling Me Under.

In Summary
Tainted Nation are good at what they do, but there's nothing subtle in their delivery. I'm certain they will sound rather awesome in the live environment because of that. But as the personnel have other active commitments, time will tell whether Tainted Nation make it to a gig near you. Pride And Joy Records are another newish label to me. They also have Italian band Danger Zone on their books, so it will be interesting to see who else crops up on the roster in the months to come.

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