Quick plays: BRAD SCHECTER, ATOMIC SYMPHONY

BRAD SCHECTER - Live Your Dreams

BRAD SCHECTER – Live Your Dreams www.bradschecter.com

This is Brad Schecter’s debut album (he has fronted a couple of metal bands according to his bio) and the songs on here represent 22 years of songs he has been working on. That is some time frame and makes Boston seem prolific!

Brad plays most of the instruments on here and in particular he is a very accomplished pianist as can be heard on the album’s two instrumental tracks. Vocally he is okay, decent melodic voice and ‘Blind Eye’ is the album pick for me, sounding not unlike Ben Folds. ‘Another Day’ brings to mind Meat Loaf, less a bit of the bombast.

Interesting enough tunes on the whole, just nothing really stands out. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie

ATOMIC SYMPHONY – Redemption www.atomicsymphony.bandcamp.com

I must admit I am near burn out with all these symphonic metal bands around. I am not sure how they will sell or manage to eek a decent fan base. Atomic Symphony hail from Switzerland and this is their debut album as far as I can tell.

I have to say from the off I am not taken with the vocals at all, they fail to move the listener and can get lost in the guitars/keys. In fact the band come into their own on the slower ‘Face The Evil’, the best vocal on the album for me.

The band can play, of that there is no doubt, they just lack some memorable songs and it is a very competitive field out there for bands of this ilk. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie

LAZY BONEZ – Alive

www.lazybonez.fi [Released 25.09.15]

This is this Finnish band’s second album and they would get approval from the Kerrang! school of spelling in their band name. The vocalist, Tommi Salmela also fronts hard rockers Tarot and they have a couple of notable guests on this album. First up former Sabbath vocalist suits the brooding riffs on ‘Racing Heart’ and Uriah Heep’s Bernie Shaw sings on a rather heavy song than he is used to normally on ‘Devil’s Dice’/

Elsewhere ‘Lonely’ is a belting piece of melodic hard rock, nice pomp edge to this one and ‘Sweet Girl’ will please fans of Treat and Pretty Maids. Some of it does dip into standard Scandinavian melodic rock, although do give it a try and former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright also guests. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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