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Tango Down - 2016 Bulletproof

ARTIST: Tango Down
ALBUM: Bulletproof
LABEL: Kivel Records
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Chas West - vocals * Scott Miller - guitars * Axel Gessner - bass * Keith Michaels - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Punching Bag * 02 Give Me A Reason * 03 Bulletproof * 04 Carry On * 05 When We Were Young * 06 Going Under * 07 Superstar * 08 Edge Of Goodbye * 09 Anything Can Change * 10 Broken Heart


WEBLINKS: Tango Down FB Page

Tango Down, signed to Kivel Records have been constant deliverers of melodic rock for well over a decade now. We haven't written about them before now, and having a look back through their back catalogue, it seems like they have released quite a few albums along the way. The mainstays of the band have been guitarist Scott Miller and drummer Keith Michaels. They've been through a few lead singers in their time, including more recently David Reece, from Accept and Bangalore Choir fame. In 2016, Tango Down have recruited Resurrection Kings singer Chas West, who we heard earlier in the year on that band's debut CD. All I can say about TD's latest Bulletproof' is 'wow, holy cow!' Why I haven't reviewed this band earlier? These guys are very tight, but for me it's the amazing guitar work of Scott Miller that stands out. I think Scott has listened to a few John Sykes albums in his time, such is his playing style.

The Songs
The production is clean and full, as 'Punching Bag' lands on your aural senses with all the power of an uppercut to the jaw. The energy here reminds me of Trixter back in their heyday, circa the 'Hear!' release. Miller fusing the style of Steve Brown and John Sykes in his soloing. 'Give Me A Reason' is quite commercial sounding, the song also highlights another attribute which stands out, and that is the big sounding harmony vocals. It's a strong feature throughout. Even on the title-track 'Bulletproof', the chorus is a winner. Miller is on fire for 'Carry On', where his guitar runs are turned up to Zakk Wylde levels, especially those powerful squealies. 'When We Were Young' has a Def Leppard like intro, and develops into a mid paced affair; again big choruses are to the fore. 'Going Under' rumbles into action, but overall and by comparison, is a paint-by-numbers track. Unlike the powerful 'Superstar' which is fuelled by a racy rhythm section and razor sharp guitars. The only ballad here is 'Edge Of Goodbye', which is led by a piano arrangement and builds into a power ballad. TD return to their stock and trade; 'Anything Can Change', a track which should appeal to the GDM faithful I reckon. It has traits of Harem Scarem and labelmates Adriangale, plus a few other usual suspects too no doubt. The finale 'Broken Heart' has a definite Jeff Scott Soto vibe to it, maybe due to Chas West's vocal delivery. Sounds great regardless.

In Summary
What we get here is ten tracks of hard rock bliss. Sure, Kivel Records are kinda slow at churning out new releases, but they do give us some quality when they do. The Adriangale albums are superb, so too the new Jace Pawlak CD 'Promise' which Jeff reviewed just recently. Tango Down are a decent band and you should do well to dip into their back catalogue, like I have. 'Bulletproof' lives up to its name, check it out!

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