Sunday, January 23, 2022

REVIEW : DEGREED, Are You Ready (Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release: 11 February 2022)

One of my favourite bands, DEGREED, comes back in business with a brand new opus entitled "Are You Ready". The new album is going to be released through Frontiers Music this February. 

With already five amazing albums on their sleeve, Degreed achieved all those years to build-up a strong fan base around their name. Their solid, up-tempo, edgy and modern melodic hard rock stuff amazes me every time I put one of their work in my cd player. 

I can’t believe we’re about to release our sixth studio album. I am so proud of this band and I am very humbled that we are still around. And what could fit more perfectly than to release this album with Frontiers? The leading company when it comes to melodic rock and hard rock! Our upcoming album will be just that...a more straightforward hard rock album with great melodies. Our ”old” fans will not be disappointed, and I’m sure that we will gain a lot of new ones as well with this one,” says vocalist Robin Eriksson.

I couldn't agree more with Robin's statement here! The new record is simply killer no filler, in my humble opinion!! The choruses are larger than life, the guitars are crunchy enough to turn on the volume and the songs are all well-crafted and ready to conquer the melodic hard rock world! 

The first big moment comes with the up-tempo and very commercial tune of  "Higher". In one word huge!!! "Feed The Lie" is a harder edged monster with again a great chorus and some serious and heavier guitars! "Radio" is a classic Degreed tune while with "Are You Ready", "Burning", "Lost In Paradise" and "We Will Win" Degreed are delivering probably four of the best tracks that they ever released! Tons of melodies, a big n' 'fat' guitar sound and some in-your-face performances!! GREAT STUFF! 

So far we are dealing with the best release of 2022, period! A really great opus that includes only killer songs! Degreed strike back with their best record to-date and they are ready for bigger things....are you ready? 

Songwritting : 10
Production : 10
Songs : 10
Musicianship : 10

Overall Rating : 10 / 10 

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