Album review: MASS – When 2 Worlds Collide

Escape Music [Release date 25.05.18]

This is album number eight from Mass who have been making music since the mid-80′s. On this album the added keys/strings provided by Jeremy Heussi add another dimension to the band’s classy melodic hard rock sound.

Like many bands who have been around awhile, Mass touch on their past with ‘Some Time Ago’. A tale of young dreams and the sharks that lay await in the music business. It is has a great keys riff (shades of Whitesnake in it) that blends perfectly with the guitar and pounding rhythm section.

Shades of Whitesnake in the riff to ‘Only A Dream’, a big balls out rocker with a suitably OTT solo by guitarist Gene D’tria. ‘Just Can’t Deny’ is one for lovers of 70′s hard rock with its Hammond and guitar solos. Mass hail from Boston and this song is like Boston (the band) meets Deep Purple, superb stuff.

Stryper’s Michael Sweet adds a suitably fine guitar solo the big production ballad ‘Stand Alone’ – another song to benefit from added keys and orchestration. There is a piano led ballad on here as well in the shape of ‘Second Hand Rose’, which allows vocalist Louis St. August to have a break from the hard rocking singing elsewhere on the album.

Quite possibly the best album the band have done to date and that’s no mean feat as they have been consistently producing good music through the years. Melodic hard rock as it should be done and then some.  ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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Power Plays w/c 14 May 2018

ANDY SUSEMIHL Dinosaurs (SM Noise Records)
4TH LABYRINTH This Is Rock N Roll (indie)
PERFECT PLAN Gone Too Far (Frontiers)
TRACEY BROWNE Hit The Road Running (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 14 May (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 PRAYING MANTIS Gravity (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 MASS When 2 Worlds Collide (Escape Music)
14:00-16:00 TRACEY BROWNE The Doctrine Of Song (indie)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

18:00-19:00 RIVER CITY PEOPLE – Say Something Good (1989)

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