AOR Heaven [Release date 22.02.19]
Album number three from the Blood Red Saints, following hot on the heels of last year’s enjoyable ‘Love Hate Conspiracies’, an album which made a fair few year end best of lists. After searching the web I can’t see any confirmation but it looks as though co-founding member Rob Naylor has left the band, with vocalist Pete Godfrey taking over bass duties. Also this album is the first one to feature no outside writers, as all eleven songs have been written by the band.
The band’s love of those Def Leppard harmonies is still firmly in place, none more so than on the frantic rock of ‘I’m Your Devil’ – what a gloriously catchy song this is – and the ballad ‘What Have We Become’. The band have also added in more effects to the intros on songs, which in part fulfills the band’s mission to make melodic hard rock but move away from some of the musical cliches associated with the genre.
‘Warrior’ was released as a lead track last year, using synths to create depth and features one of the album’s stand out guitar solos. The title track is fairly standard and passes the listener by.
‘Cross To Bear’, along with the aforementioned ‘I’m Your Devil’, is one of the best songs Blood Red Saints have recorded to date. After a suitably grandiose intro, it leads into a massive hook filled chorus with plenty of musical bounce to ensure it becomes a live favorite.
Fair play to Blood Red Saints for following their musical path, although it may alienate a few fans – in Def Leppard terms this could be the band’s ‘Slang’. A solid album and one that certainly needs a few plays to get into (after a few more months with this album I am pretty sure it will warrant four stars like its predecessor). ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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