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W.E.T – Rise Up Review

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Released by: Frontiers Records

Release Date: February 22nd, 2013

Genre: Melodic Rock

Links: https://www.facebook.com/TheBandWET

 

Line Up:

Jeff Scott Soto: Lead Vocals

Erik Mårtensson: Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals

Robert Säll: Keyboards, Guitars

 

With

Robban Bäck: Drums

Magnus Henriksson: Guitars

 

Tracklist:

1. Walk Away

2. Learn To Live Again

3. Rise Up

4. Love Heals

5. What You Want

6. The Moment

7. Bad Boy

8. On The Run

9. Broken Wings

10. Shot

11. Still Believe In Love

12. Still Unbroken

 

W.E.T. (“W.E.T” is the acronym for the bands these guys we’re and are still involved in: Robert Säll, guitarist of Work of Art, Erik Martensson of Eclipse and Jeff Scott Soto, former Talisman.  The highly successful debut of the collaboration between the trio left the Melodic Rock circles in withdrawal after hearing their debut in 2009. Now just a couple years later they are back trying to live up to their strong starting effort. I don’t even know if Frontiers president could of foreseen the success that their debut had, but to be honest the way the Melodic Hard Rock genre has been taken off in the last few years, and the songwriting talent of the guys involved it was only a matter of time before it left it’s stamp on the genre; and that it did.

But as we all know the debut is always a tough act to follow, so could the guys do it again and promise a strong sophomore record? Yes for the most part. “Rise Up” welcomes back the always strong versatile vocals of Jeff Scott Soto leading the band from tip to edge, but those are not the only vocals you hear here as Erik Martensson contributes some lead as well as background vox, and for any that checked out Eclipse’s record last year you know Erik delivered a terrific vocal performance. It’s a nice combo when you hear JSS and Erik team up on the debut single “Learn To Live Again” which video you can check out below our review. Jeff’s vocals bring in the melody, while Erik’s feature the more Hard Rock fusion.

Most of the background vocals are very well done and some of the other notable tunes here come via “Rise Up” and “The Moment”, another cool tune.  I’m reminded of images of the great Jimi Jamison and his solo record last year for some reason on the rocker “Bad Boy” with an addictive chorus full of melody and catchy riffs sounding like a cross mix of 80’s arena rock and modern Hard Rock. Another stand out tune here is are conveyed with “On The Run” which would make another great single if the band decided to roll that route, just great driving rhythm and that hook is catchy as hell. The rest of the tunes are rounded out with similar fashion as the openers and “Still Believe In Us” keeps things moving strong towards the bottom half of the album.

So let’s see here how can be possibly live up to the top flight debut? Well give or take the guys keep the spirit of the Melodic circles alive and well, the production is sharp and crystal, Jeff Scott Soto always does a pro job on vocals as well as the rest of this outfit. Maybe a step down in quality songs from their debut but overall is pretty similar substance wise to the first one, and expect that it will be very well received. Is hard trying to capture the same magic as a debut, but if you judge each album by itself and in it’s own context you won’t find much wrong if you got your hands W.E.T. the first time around.

 

Written by Denys

Ratings    Denys    8/10

 

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