"Renegade" is going to be released through AOR Heaven this July and features 11 killer tracks for your ear pleasure! In "Renegade", the mastermind of NITRATE, Nick Hogg, changed the line-up and enlisted the amazing and very talented Alexander Strandell (Art Nation) to take over on lead vocals. Nick has, also, teamed up with Tom & James Martin (Vega) & Mikey Wilson (Kimber) to produce an album that has been heavily influenced by Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’.
"Renegade" kicks-off with the up-beat and edgy rocker of "Danger Zone". What an aamzingly start to kick-off this new opus; a mix of ART NATION along with some late 80's classic melodic rock sound and there you have the first highlight here. "Renegade" is a cool and very commercial tune while with "YouThink You've Got It" we have the first Def Leppard-esque track which I totally love!!! "Big City Lights" is probably one of the best songs of 2021 so far!!! Yes, I'm not overreacting here; this is simply a breathtaking track that features a huge melody, a catchy as hell chorus line and Alexander Strandell's soulful performances on front row.
The beautiful ballad of "Why Can't You Feel My Love" is a classic 80's love song while in "Addicted" the band delivers another yet classic and very Leppard-ish song that includes a sing-a-long chorus. "Alibi" is another favourite tune out of the new record. A more straight forward melodic rock gem that reminds a bit of Art Nation and H.E.A.T. and includes a fantastic chorus, again!!! I just, also, loved the more mid-tempo "Lay Down Your Arms" with its smooth and silky harmony!!!
For sure, one of this year's biggest surprises!! NITRATE with "Renegade" achieved to create a monster of a melodic rock gem that the sure thing is that will find a place in every top list at the end of the year. "Renegade" is a MUST have for the fans of the classic and commercial Def Leppard sound but, also, for the fans of bands such as H.E.A.T., Art Nation and Midnite City!!!
Songwritting : 9
Production : 9
Songs : 10
Musicianship : 10
Overall Rating : 9,5 / 10
** All songs written by Nick Hogg, Tom Martin & James Martin Except ‘Alibi’ & Children of the Lost Brigade’ Written by Nick Hogg & Rob Wylde & ‘Renegade’ written by Tom Martin, James Martin & Nick Workman