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Scott Miller

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05
Oct

TANGO DOWN - Bulletproof (Review)

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90%
Produced By: 
Ty Sims
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
USA
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
90
Label: 
Kivel Records
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Tango Down are a very consistent American rock band. This is their 5th album in 11 years, which is a pretty good recording rate. I’ve liked each album and the guys have always delivered on their brand of kick ass hard rock with splashes of more melodic AOR tunes in between the rockers.
 
On Bulletproof the band come out firing with one of their best rockers yet in Punching Bag. New vocalist Chas West is a favourite of mine – his voice is perfect for this material and he slides between the punchier rockers and the more melodic numbers with ease.
Which is exactly what he does with the second track Give Me A Reason, the harmony filled mid-tempo AOR track is a nice contrast from the opener.
A couple of mid-tempo rockers dominate next, the bass is a little loud in the mix on the track Carry On (same issue as with Maxx Explosion), but it’s a fine menacing tune.
 
When We Were Young is another mellower moment – fans of AOR with a kick will love this. It has shades of Adriangale and Def Leppard to it. I don’t have any credits, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Jace Pawlack responsible for this tune.
I have to profess my love for the melody and chorus hook of Going Under, one of the album’s finest. But at the same time I can’t get past the drum rhythm. It doesn’t seem to fit the song at all. The verse beat seems out of step with the vocals and just doesn’t suit the melodies being carried by the vocals.
 
The album needed a kick ass rocker by now and Superstar delivers the goods. A nice dirty rocker.
The tempo dips again immediately after for the moody ballad Edge of Goodbye – which is quite superb. A killer chorus and some pristine vocals. A hit single in any other decade.
Back to a fast tempo on the not too heavy Anything Can Change which offers something different than the heavier rockers.
The album closes as it began, with a nice high energy, gritty rocker in Broken Heart.

Overall, the songwriting on this album is probably the best of any Tango Down album. The vocals are unquestionably the best and you can’t argue with the riffing either.
It’s a very good slice of American melodic hard rock featuring Scott Miller, one of the scene’s most underrated shredders.
The only issue I have with anything is perhaps the sequencing of songs and bits and pieces in the production. But overall, I highly recommend! Well done lads.
 
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Release Year: 
2016
RELEASE MONTH: 
08
 
Mon
25
Jul

TANGO DOWN 'Bulletproof' Due in August

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Tango Down is BACK, BIGGER, BADDER and BULLETPROOF!!!
 
News from Kivel Records: “Fronted by monster frontman and vocalist, Chas West (Lynch Mob, Resurrection Kings, Jason Bonham) on lead vocals. Tango Down delivers what we feel is their BEST offering to date.
 
We know it has been a little bit of a wait. But we really wanted to ensure this would really knock your socks off!! Both label and band owe it to you to deliver and not let you down.
 
Everyone from top to bottom wanted to make sure that this album was not only good, but it was THAT GOOD!!!
 
Scott and myself have always taken a personal challenge to make sure every TD album raises the bar and surpasses the previous one. IMHO I feel that we have accomplished that, not only in the past, but have done so yet again. As Bulletproof, imho, no doubt, IS the BEST Tango Down has ever delivered . I couldn't be happier or prouder of everyone involved with this release. We promise that it’s going to satisfy for sure.
 
Of course It goes without saying, MAD PROPS to Ty Sims for being Bob Rock to our Motley Crue.
 
IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO PRE ORDER for the August release pay pal $16 (shipping is included) to RockHausemusic@hotmail.com for European customers , $21 (shipping is included) New website coming in August as well.
 
Now click it and crank it:
 

 

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Release Year: 
2016
RELEASE MONTH: 
08
 
Tue
15
Dec

TANGO DOWN Are 'Bulletproof' in 2016

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Tango Down is back, and Bulletproof!  Getting ready for a new chapter and new material = new album. The new road tested lineup features great Chas West (Bonham, Lnch Mob)(vocals), Scott Miller (guitars), Axel Gessner (bass) and Keith Michaels (drums).
 
Some of new material was premiered at Rock N Skull this past October, all to rave reviews from all in attendance. Thank You Pekin Illinois, you humbled us all.

After long months of pre-production and getting the songs just right, the Rock N Skull appearance was the final "test" of the new material.  With the positive feedback, one thing was left to do -enter the studio.

We couldn't be happier with the end results of everyone's hard work.  The band is in final stages of recording, then the mixing process will begin soon after.  Mixing will be in the capable hands and ears of Ty Sims (Bombay Black and House of Lords "Indestructible".)

We are looking at a early April release, and we promise that this WILL be the best TANGO DOWN release to date

New Kivel Records website is currently under construction.  So, for Pre-orders of this album, please send to PayPal via: RockHausemusic@hotmail.com

USA Customers Paypal:  $16.50 (Shipping included)

International Customers Paypal:  $21.00 (Shipping included)

ALL pre Orders get a signed 11x14 color print.

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Release Year: 
2016
RELEASE MONTH: 
04
 
Wed
19
Nov

TANGO DOWN - 'Charming Devil' (Review)

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section name: 
SCORE
content: 
87%
Produced By: 
Ty Sims
Running Time: 
40
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
USA
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
87
Label: 
Kivel Records
Artist: 
 
US rockers Tango Down follow up their acclaimed ass-kicking Identity Crisis record in quick fashion with the new album Charming Devil, featuring the same lineup, fronted by vocalist David Reece and riff man Scott Miller.
It’s a case of more of the same from the band here – ass kicking, high energy, American melodic hard rock, with harmonies throughout and plenty of riffing for the guitar-heads out there.
 
 
David Reece sounds in great voice here – it’s another polished performance from the veteran vocalist.
Plenty of highlights here with songs penned mostly by friend to the Kivel label, Jace Pawlak, either writing on his own or with guitarist Miller. Production is by Ty Sims, and one can hear the Bombay Black style harmonies throughout the album, with the band’s frontman Erik Johnson lending a hand there.
I will say though, the one detrimental aspect of the album is the bass heavy mix. Overall it’s bearable, but there are a couple of songs where it is truly overbearing and not easy on the ears to listen to without adjusting audio settings.
 
Song highlights include the opening track Bad Reputation, a solid, attitude filled track to push off in style.
The title track Charming Devil is a cool rocker, but the pounding bass heavy mix really takes away from my enjoyment of it.
Too Many Roads is one of the best rock power ballads of this or any year. Reece sounds amazing and the added piano adds texture to the already impressive song. The huge chorus knocks it out of the park.
Change My World is another catchy tune while the ultra-catchy, anthemic Tomorrow Never Comes is as impressive as it gets on Charming Devil.
Closing the album is the second ballad of the album, even if it’s sentimental with a kick. Another classy tune.
 

I favor Identity Crisis over this new album, but songwise it’s a very close call. Both albums feature some real gems and fully deliver on expectations. But the mix here has definitely impacted on my overall enjoyment of it.
American melodic hard rock is alive and well with Tango Down and long may it continue.
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