Europe return to the fray this week with a fantastic taster for their new long player in the shape of the Last Look At Eden mini album.
We also run the rule over Brit newcomers Sondura as thery make a serious play to become the UK’s answer to Shinedown.
And there’s also a look at a long awaited compilation pulling together the finest moments from the career of Sunset Strip legends (in their own lifetime) Odin. Take your pick. But always pick rock!
Europe – Last Look At Eden (Mini Album) (earMUSIC)
Welcome to a band back in the rhythm, back in the groove and back on British shores ahead of an eagerly awaited Bloodstock slot at the end of the week.
This timely taster for next month’s full album of the same name reveals Joey Tempest might just be in the form of his life as he rattles through the title track and another newie in the shape of U Devil U. It’s slick stuff from the king of hair metal who, during the last five years, has re-emerged as a bastion of blues rock quality.
There’s a superb reminder of past glories with a gutsy live rendition of Superstitious and Tempest was surely made for belting out Led Zep classics – his version of Since I’ve Been Loving You surely what Lenny Wolf was trying to capture with Kingdom Come all those years ago.
We’ve heard the new album in its entirety and it rocks. In the meantime this excellent EP fills a hole for the next four weeks.
rushonrock rated: 8/10 First Look At Eden
Sondura – Live Before You Die (HardSound Records)
This dirty beast of a debut from London quartet Sondura combines moments of pure brilliance with examples of ill-directed dirge. But as long as there’s room for improvement it’s well worth following one of the biggest noises to emerge from the capital’s rock scene in some time.
When they get it right Sondura are every bit as good as US arena stars Shinedown, fusing beefy riffs with edgy lyrics and all wrapped up in John Mitchell’s trademark production. But every so often they drift into the kind of shouting, screaming nonsense which does no favours for any band looking to break out from the unforgiving underground.
The Watson brothers boast talent in abundance but right now they need the right manager to make them understand what they do best. That’s powerful British metal with considerable commercial rock appeal.
rushonrock rated: 6/10 Refocus Before You Die
Odin – Best Of (Perris Records)
To the uninitiated one glance at the cover of this seemingly dark record would have you believing this was some Norwegian black metal band preying on the innocent and praying for a break.
In fact Odin blazed a trail on the hair metal circuit in the late 80s and sound more like Danger Danger than Venom. Tracks like Stranger Tonight and She Needs My Love are straight from the Leppard/Crue/Van Halen circa 1987 songbook and they’re pretty damn good.
It may be 20 years since the Sunset Strip faves whipped fans into a frenzy and then shot their bolt early but if Steel Panther can pack out the Download tent then why not Odin? A new name, some bright and breezy artwork and who knows? It could happen.
rushonrock rated: 8/10 Odin OD