I suspected and predicted that Aussie band Hansel were on to something great with 2008's Mission to Rock, a short but rocking platter of melodic glam rock. The mission to rock continues as these five spandex-clad dudes bound by rock 'n roll deliver Never Say Die, a full-length disc of rowdy and energetic melodic rock. These conuissuers of all things glam have the art form mastered on this work. Equal parts Poison, Crue, and Bon Jovi with a little bit of Kiss, Hansel brings the glory days of 80's glam rock and metal forward to a new century.
From the gate with I Don't Need Saving (All I Need is Rock n Roll), Hansel's Never Say Die is an arena ready romp, energetic and electric. Song craftsmanship is at a premium throughout as the songs differ in varied expression. Rock City is fist pumping and arena ready infectious rock. Murder 101 blisters with heaviness and grit. All the songs are wrapped up in large hooks with catchy melodies and choruses. All the musicians are at full tilt and steady, with the guitar work showing tremendous inspirations and fire. The production is bright and crisp. Hansel could hardly do better their first time out. Never Say Die is the first, and best, glam rock inspired work of 2010. I'd go as far to say that it's even better than the new Wig Wam album. Great stuff and strongly recommended!