Saturday, October 4, 2014

VEGA / Stereo Messiah (2014)

The thing with UK-melodic rockers VEGA is gettin' better and better with each release. After the very successful and more AOR-ish debut "Kiss Of Life" came the punchier "What The Hell" in 2012 that really rocked my world. Nowadays, it's time for opus number three and, believe me, it's gonna take VEGA to a higher level!

This time the hooks and choruses are bigger, the performances tighter and overall "Stereo Messiah" it's about a brilliant album.

The album kicks-off with two great ass-kickin' rockers; "Stereo Messiah" and "All Or Nothing" are both rocks! Great arrangements, 'clever' hooks and choruses, powerful performances by Nick Workman (an excellent singer) and a big and 'fat' guitar sound. Do you want more? If yes, then, check the ultra catchy tune of "Gonna Need Some Love Tonight". Man, this song is pure melodic rock bliss; it features a so sweet melody, a feel-good vibe and the chorus line sends you to heaven and back again! "10 x Bigger Than Love", which features Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) , is a great up-tempo rocker, very Def Leppard-ish with an explosive chorus line to sing-a-long for days! Brilliant stuff! Check, also, the more commercial and anthemic tune of "The Wild, The Weird, The Wonderful"  and the emotional ballad of "Tears Never Dry"  and you'll discover a really great album!

All in all, I have to say that VEGA are back with their best album to-date! More melodies, more harmonies, more catchy choruses to die for, a big sound and some really impressive performances are the ingredients of "Stereo Messiah".  And one last thing, the front-cover is amazing!!! 
Heavy Paradise's Rating : 8,8 /10

Track Listing :
Stereo Messiah; All Or Nothing; Wherever We Are; Ballad Of The Broken Hearted; Gonna Need Some Love Tonight; The Fall; Neon Heart; With Both Hands; 10 X Bigger Than Love; My Anarchy; The Wild, The Weird, The Wonderful; Tears Never Dry.

VEGA is :  Nick Workman (vocals), Dan Chantrey (drums), Tom Martin (bass), James Martin (keyboards) and Marcus Thurston (guitar).

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