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True Attitude And SPIRIT Of The Heavy Metal Music We All Grew Up Listening To,
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I Love Heavy Metal
I Can't Get Enough. Can't Get Enough ...
Yes that's the Spirit.
We all headbangers fancied the pictures of a skull and devil horns to appear on the cassettes/CDs we owned and the black tee shirts we wore in our teens. Still we don't know why. The art cover featuring two pairs of vivid colourful tribal masks or face paints that look like skulls is what enticed me to buying the physical CD of this Reckless Love's third album and not just download MP3s. A handful of good bands like Airbourne, Steel Panther, Crashdiet, Alter Bridge, Reckless Love and few others are here amidst the new generation of 21st century trying to get the sound of the 80s/early 90s heavy metal. Reckless Love's debut self titled album Reckless Love and the follow up Animal Attraction were just good or OK I thought. But this 'Spirit' turns out to have extra special ingredients in it.
The band has presented this album so cleverly and creatively (or maybe subconsciously) that the guitar riffs, the rhythms and beats of a song, the chord progressions or the vocal line in choruses and verses, one or the other stand out as a strong reminder of some famous songs of the genre from the 80s/early 90s. For instance, at the intro of the opener 'Night On Fire', I thought Aerosmith's 'Eat The Rich' will start. The mid eight interlude section in 'I Love Heavy Metal' sounds similar to the one from 'Love In An Elevator' by Aerosmith. Riff of 'Favorite Flavor' immediately reminded me of 'Armed And Ready' by MSG and 'I'll Take You Alive' by Twisted SIster. The first verse in 'Sex, Drugs And Reckless Love' I thought they were gonna sing 'Knee Deep In The Hoopla ...' by Starship. On the same song's chorus, you can sing along 'It's A Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy Nights' by Kiss. The riff in 'Dying To Live' is very much like 'Gods Of War' by Def Leppard. Quiet Riot did 'Metal Heart' and these four awesome guys from Finland are doing 'Metal Ass'. The guitar tone of 'Runaway Love' gives an impression as if Eddie Van Halen is playing 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love'. Last but not least, vocal line on the verse of 'Hot Rain' goes along with outro of 'Purple Rain' by Prince.
Don't get me wrong. This is neither my criticism on the band nor research on the album. I didn't do any homework here. This is how I instantly and honestly felt as I played along 'Spirit' from the first play. This maybe only my assumption. Thousands of good songs in the market of course do sound like one another. This album is so very well created and crafted by the band members as well as the producers Ilkka Wirtanen. Listeners can easily and memorably hum along anthems which are obviously targeted for the concert audience. 'Na Na Na Na! Whoa! Yeah!' etc. A replica of 80s/early 90s heavy metal that we all grew up listening to. Heavy and tight bass and drums and guitar from top to bottom. On top of everything, Olli Herman sounds so much like Ted Poley of Danger Danger. Such a beautiful, high pitched, melodious voice he has. I find a lot of Danger Danger, Motley Crue, Def Leppard all over the place. And for being able to play guitar myself, I can say Pepe Salohalme can really rock. \,,/, Simply, I love this album so much that made me love this band Reckless Love like I loved my heavy metal heroes which are all mentioned in 'I Love Heavy Metal', the third track that says it all about this band.
Have A Lot Of Sex, Little Drugs And Reckless Love!
Rock 'N' Roll \,,/,