Album review: LESSMANN VOSS – Rock Is Our Religion

Atomic Fire Records [Release date: 22.07.22]

This Lessmann Voss, Rock Is Our Religion album would be easy to write off because it seems so out of time.

Bonfire’s Claus Lessmann and Mad Max’s Michael Voss are clearly not keen to wear the musical garb of leathery road warriors any longer. RIOR is mostly an album of laid back, best-before-1989 melodic Rock.

In fact most of the songs sound like they’ve been beamed down from some extra terrestrial FM Radio station, orbiting the planet, stuck in the eighties.

There’s a whiff of heartwarming nostalgia to them all, while at the same time there’s a freshness here that animates the music.

There’s no doubt that the passage of time has done nothing to diminish the duo’s ability to write and produce great melodic rock songs. ‘Smoke Without Fire’ is a peach, ‘Fight For Our Love’ has a gloriously hard edged pop flavour. Voss’s finely tuned production gives both a burnished veneer of sophistication that underlines the music’s authentic feel.

‘Medicine Man’, ‘Sister Golden Hair’ and ‘Runaway Days’ are built around an immediately engaging batch of melodies, each burning slowly but brightly, making some astute lyrical observations en route, including a reluctant acceptance by both artists that they are getting older and greyer now, as the years speed by.

Even though it treads that familiar ground of love found and love lost, ‘Take My Heart And Run’ is a genuine highlight. A bittersweet love song that quietly unfolds like a summery melodic rock flag.

In a similar vein, ‘Slow Dance’, an old fashioned, late nite ballad, doesn’t quite hit the mark, but it makes the effort worth lingering over.

Rock Is Our Religion, the album, is never going to shake the world, (though it tries toward the end with ‘Stay’ and ‘What Feels Right’) but above all it’s written and performed by two distinguished musicians who know what works, and what doesn’t, and it’s all the former here. ***1/2

Review by Brian McGowan





Josh Taerk’s latest Sunday Session was streamed on Sunday 17 July.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 31 July 2022.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 2 August 2022.

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com


Power Plays w/c 8 August 2022 (Mon-Fri)
BORN LOST Take Time (Mouthpiece) (Revolver Records)
JAIME KYLE Driving With The Brakes On (Conquest Music)
SCARLET DORN Born To Suffer (SPV Recordings)
HOLDING ABSENCE Coffin (Sharptone Records)
TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS Get Some (Echoed Past Records)
KROOKED TONGUE When The Beaches Bleed (indie)
SKYPILOT Knifed On The Beach (The Distortion Project)

Featured Albums w/c 8 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 LESSMAN VOSS Rock Is Our Religion (Atomic Fire Records)
12:00-13:00 H.E.A.T. Force Majeure (earMUSIC)
14:00-16:00 THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS A Very Unusual Head (indie)



Popular (last 30 days)


This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), ALL POSTS and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply