Album review: ABLAZE – No Chaser

ABLAZE - No Chaser [Release date 08.10.18]

Ablaze have been blazing their own trail (no more bad puns honest!) with an EP and debut album, plus a fair few live dates and support slots under their belts. Hailing from Australia, Ablaze are a five piece consisting off Danny Slaviero (vocals), Ben Anderson (lead guitar), Matt Dynon (rhythm guitar), Dan ‘Mango’ Mangano (drums) and Dave Knight (bass). This album has been out now for over a year, however it is getting another push on the back of more touring activity including Hard Rock Hell (HRH).

‘Just A Taste’ has quite rightly been released as a lead track/video, with its gang chorus vocals and an impressive vocal performance from Danny Slaviero, coupled with an AC/DC approved guitar solo, it makes for an impressive tune and listen.

Plenty of simple but effective riffs and songs, including ‘Two’s Up’ (reminding me of Company Of Wolves) and ‘Bad Tattoo’ – Ablaze certainly know to pen a punchy hard rock tune. Speaking of which ‘Where’s My Drink’ romps along with a vague Celtic tinge, another song about drink and another good ‘un.

‘The Darkest Day (What I’ve Become)’ is the album’s big production number from the emotionally charged vocals through to the short, but sweet guitar solo from Ben Anderson, the song’s seven minutes seem to whizz by.

Certainly an album to give a go, with some notable stand outs and Ablaze are another band to add to the keep an eye on list. A tour with someone like the New Roses would be a live event not to miss I am sure. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

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