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House Of Shakira - 2016 Sour Grapes

ARTIST: House Of Shakira
ALBUM: Sour Grapes
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Andreas Novak - vocals * Mats Hallstensson, Anders Lundstrom - guitars * Basse Blyberg - bass * Martin Larsson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 No Way Out * 02 Nothing Left * 03 Trial By Fire * 04 Waste No Time * 05 My Disaster * 06 Through It All * 07 Bend Of The River * 08 Hopeless Case * 09 Sour Grapes * 10 Stupid Love Song * 11 On The Edge



HoS have featured regularly at GDM over the years, and in 2016, they returned with a bunch of sour grapes.. literally. No, just kidding, and again these guys prove their longevity with this album being their second effort for Melodic Rock Records. It's the same line-up as before, and virtually the same results too, albeit with some subtle differences.

The Songs
The lead-up work on the opener 'No Way Out' entices the melodic rock fan out from underneath their shell, strengthened by a robust chorus, solid gang-chants and the commanding voice of Andreas Novak. Great start. The galloping guitars at the start of 'Nothing Left' might have you thinking this is a song in the style of early Victory or maybe even a commercial sounding Pretty Maids. The lyric on the chorus 'without proof is resounding, so too the orchestration which coarses through the song. The band turn the pressure on, as 'Trial By Fire' picks up the pace and sounds all the better for it. This one kinda has a Journey vibe, so too 'Through It All', and it's not because of the song-title/name association either. The guitar effects are turned up on the title-track 'Sour Grapes', while 'Stupid Love Song' rocks along to great effect despite the dodgy song-title, the closing 'On The Edge' leads off with a Genesis like introduction, but soon drops any prog pretensions for some solid melodic rock.

In Summary
There's no doubt that House Of Shakira follow their own nose when it comes to producing melodic rock. They definitely do not conform to trends nor follow the generic cookie-cutter style that can be found with other modern day melodic rock acts. In that regard you can be assured of something different and unique.

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