Album review: REACH – The Promise Of A Life

REACH – The Promise Of A Life

Facebook [Release date 23.04.21]

Reach was founded in 2012 and settled on a power trio consisting of Ludvig Turner (vocals, guitars), Marcus Johansson (drums) and Soufian Ma´Aoui (bass). Reach have released two albums prior to this one and have played their native Sweden with H.E.A.T. in February last year, plus they are due to support H.E.A.T. on their European tour due later this year.

They start the album off with a bit of whistling on ‘New Frontier’, a big, OTT modern rocker, which is quickly followed by ‘The Law’. This song provides another dose of heaviness meets pomp – Muse are a good comparison. Then, just when you think you have the measure of Reach up pops ‘Young Again’ which sounds uncannily like Panic! At The Disco at times. Wonderful music and the album keeps on giving as ‘Satellite’ has that modern melodic rock sound of H.E.A.T.

‘Higher Ground’ is a quirky beast, full of ebbs and flows, a full on metal breakdown part and a soaring chorus. Reminded me a little of A.C.T. another band who like to pomp it up. ‘Motherland’ also sees the band reach for their musical limits, pooling together all sorts of musical influences to create an album stand out.

Ludvig Turner can certainly hit those falsetto notes, which along with the band’s love of pushing musical ideas to the nth degree, means it won’t be for everyone. However, if you like the OTT and pomp of Queen and Muse, Reach are perfect for you and your album collection. This is a very impressive and enjoyable album. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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