Wednesday, August 17, 2016

REVIEW : Bulletrain / What You Fear The Most (2016)

To be honest with you here, I'm extremely pleased to have the new Bulletrain album to review it for Heavy Paradise. Their last, "Start Talking", back in 2014, was a great effort that combined perfectly the glory Hair Metal days with a fresh and updated approach and at the end achieved to climb high (#2) in Heavy Paradise's Top list.

For me, Bulletrain is one of today's biggest hopes for this particular scene. Among bands such as Eclipse, Crazy Lixx, Dynazty, H.E.A.T. and others, Bulletrain comes back again to prove that the future belongs to them. As in "Start Talking" the same with "What You Fear The Most", Bulletrain continues to deliver their totally ass-kickin' Hard Rock/Hair Metal dynamite.

Their Skid Row-esque music is filled in with big and heavy guitars, high-pitched vocals and choruses to sing-a-long for days. The band's lead singer Sebastian Sundberg has an incredible vocal range and takes the final result to a higher level. The guitars are, as I mentioned above, heavy but still melodic and the rhythm section solid as hell!!!

After the first spin of the "What You Fear The Most", I have to say that all my expectations are fulfilled in the best way. The new record is movin' to same paths of its previous "Start Talking" but much heavier. It's one of these albums that you fall in love at once and leaves you hungry for more. The album is mixed by the Grammy Award winning producer Tobias Lindell,  the mind behind the music from bands like Hardcore Superstar, Europe and H.e.a.t to name a few. A collaboration that took Bulletrain’s music to another level and also introduced the band to the world famous mastering engineer Vlado Meller (SlipKnot, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd).

"Memory Lane", the opener, kicks-off things here in an old-fashioned way and brings back memories from the golden era of U.S. Hair Metal. "Love Lies", that reminds me a bit of Guns N' Roses, is yet another 'ballsy' rocker that takes no prisoners!!! "Fight With Me" is a fast-paced rocker, more aggressive, with a thunderous rhythm while in "We Salute You" we are dealing with a more commercial tune that includes a superb and catchy hook and a memorable chorus line. The AOR-ish "Wet, Tired And Lonely" is a Scandi hymn and the moody/modern "Far Away" is another highlight out of the new record.

Bulletrain strikes back with this really amazing and solid record. "What You Fear The Most" includes a bunch of some killer tracks in it, plenty of attitude and an 80's Hair Metal vibe in it!!! For sure, Bulletrain is the next big thing in this scene!!!!

Rating : 9,5/10

Track Listing :
01. Memory Lane
02. Love Lies
03. Can’t Get Away
04. Fight With Me
05. We Salute You
06. Feed The Fire
07. Wet, Tired & Lonely
08. Old Lighthouse
09. Fear
10. Far Away

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