Album review: BENT NOT BROKEN – Same Planet Different World

BENT NOT BROKEN - Same Planet Different World [Release date: April 2013]

It would be a shame if the second album from this German-based band went unnoticed.  From the opening track ‘Watching The World’ the riffs are angular, the songs consistently engaging, and the sense of urgency overwhelming.

The addition of Meggie George on ‘Too Excited’ and ‘I Don’t Know Why I Said Hello’ (and backing vocals elsewhere) is very welcome.  The band show they can vary the pace with a track like ‘You Locked Away The Sun’ which shifts between mid-eighties new wave croon and unbridled riffing and ‘The Grass Is Green’ which is mid-tempo  with a relentless and compulsive bluesy rock figure that Paul Kossoff would have been proud of.

Jorn Kachelriess is the mainman here, a multi-instrumentalist and chief songwriter.  His instrumental prelude to ‘On My Knees’ is a pastoral delight but the riff rock isn’t very far away.  The band even include an excellent cover of Anastascia’s ‘Sick And Tired’.

Overall, BNB straddles rock and metal and will appeal to those who like their rock both hard and melodic in equal measure.  ****

Review by David Randall

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