|Kick Axe IV||MTM Music|
Canada's Kick Axe produced two legendary albums from the 80s – Vices And Welcome To The Club. Their third album Rock The World isn't as highly regarded, but nevertheless, the band's legacy remains in the minds of plenty of fans.|
Some 18 years later Kick Axe IV is finally released. A couple of years in the making, the album sees the band return without best known singer George Criston, instead with their very original singer (before the band were signed) Gary Langen taking up behind the mike.
Along time coming and with a lot to live up to and I can't say I'm overly impressed with the new album. I prefer the vocals of Criston, but that's not the main problem here.
Simply put, the songs just aren't strong enough. And when you have 14 tracks on offer, you really can't have too many fillers before the great tracks appear too few and far between.
The guys don't seem as energized as they used to be and the varied delivery of the songs doesn't make for a very cohesive record.
Right Now and Rockin Daze get things off to a great start, with a couple of kick ass rock tunes containing all the fire power and melodic hooks desired.
But track three Consolation pretty much kills the momentum with a plodding pace and a less desired production quality.
Following that a couple of tracks stand out – such as the darker and heavier Time, but it's not until Who Says, that things really get rocking again.
There are several tracks that pay homage to Led Zeppelin, the slow starting Turn To Stone one of the best.
But elsewhere there are a few too many slow to mid-tempo tracks that don't have the desired impact.
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