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W.A.N.T.E.D – Meat ‘n Greed Review

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Released by: Perris Records

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Hard Rock

Links: http://www.perrisrecords.com/

 

Line Up:

Dean Mess (vocals)

Strutter (bass)

Jima (guitar)

Angel (keyboards)

Constantine Matis (drums)

 

Tracklist:

1. No-Space Town

2. Your Life Your Game

3. Unbelievable Mess

4. Mr. Wise Guy

5. Last Calling

6. Misery Loves Company

7. Myself Again

8. Mamma Miss Hell

9. No Way We Stop

10. Matter Of Fact

11. Shot

 

 

The old saying don’t judge a book (or a cd in this case) by it’s cover has never been more true than with the new release by the band W.A.N.T.E.D. For some reason with the title Meat N Greed and a comically demonic cleaver-wielding clown adorning the cd cover I wasn’t expecting a very serious effort. When I first sat down to listen to the cd I was thinking I would hear a circus of songs filled with attempted humor and lacking in musicianship. But I was wrong. Completely wrong.

The band hailing from Greece formed back in 2001. In 2003 they recorded a demo called “Shit Happens” and four years later they released their debut cd called “Neon Nights.” Over the years they have provided songs for tribute cds for Firehouse and Ozzy Osbourne and have opened shows for Steven Adler, Dokken, White Lion and Whitesnake. They’ve even released an e-single cover of the Ray Charles song Hit The Road Jack. The five members (Dean Mess – vocals, Strutter – bass, Jima – guitar, Angel – keyboards, Constantine Matis – drums) play a brand of heavy rock more akin to bands like Whitesnake and Buckcherry than anything else.

Meat N Greeds 11 songs are all faster paced, heavy hitters with the exceptions being Shot and Mr Wise Guy. Those 2 songs are heavy but slower (kind of plodding along – in a good way) than the rest of the cd. And there’s not one ballad to break the pace or the vibe. Shot and Mr Wise Guy are cool songs but are probably the weakest of the bunch. The rest of the songs are down and dirty, heavy, crunchy, and melodic all rolled into one. Of the remaining 9 songs it’s hard to pick any that really stand out because they’re all quite good. But Last Calling, Misery Loves Company, Your Life Your Game, Myself Again, and Matter Of Fact shine a little brighter than the others.

I went into this cd not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. The band took a serious approach to the songs and the musicianship is of high quality. Meat N Greed is a very strong effort and gets better with each subsequent listen. This is a 7 out of 10 cd. Buy it, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Written by Jeff Dupas

Ratings    Jeff    7/10

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  1. I definitely agree about the CD cover not looking too promising. I hate clowns! I’ll give them a listen though. Too bad you don’t have song samples right here on the review page. That would be awesome.

     

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