Hailing from Greece, Lucky Thir13n is an upstart band straddling the fence of classic and modern melodic hard rock on their debut March of the Young. This four man crew has a strong sense of melody, harmony, and big hooks for their song composition, all the proper ingredients for catchy melodic rock. You'll hear this from the start on Alibi, Feels Like Coming Home, and Get in My Way. Even so that last song echoes more than a little of contemporary post-grunge alt rock. But, thankfully, not enough to put them in league with the many clones filling the current airways.
Later, Forever Free and Yeah I Want It channel post punk into their rock. However, if you listen to the similar Operation Overload, you wonder if it's not a punk vibe, but possibly power metal, thanks to the pacing. Irregardless of how these songs are interpreted, L3T constantly surprises. Another Memory, the closest thing to a hard rock ballad, seems to move only by the vocals and rhythm section, but only to build to a strong guitar crescendo.
Then Lucky Thir13n can also be perplexing, in both a good and bad way, when they integrate modern nuances. On the positive side, there's R'n'R, a song, which the title suggests, offers a classic rock vibe. But it adds a hip hop groove thanks to the participation of some local dude, DJ Spac, and a female vocalist, Vivian. Strangely, it works and I likely it (despite my aversion to hip hop). On the negative side, Rivers Run Dry offers some fool named Invoker offering core/death growls to ruin a perfectly good hard rock tune. What were they thinking? Oh yeah, I know: let's add a little hardcore to attract the modern audience.
Nevertheless, Lucky Thir13n's March of the Young is a strong debut. Fans of classic and modern melodic hard rock will appreciate their essential combination of hooks, heaviness, and melody. Recommended, but the 4.0 rating is quite generous. They better bring something greater on their sophomore release.
Lucky Thir13n's March of the Young is a strong debut. Fans of classic and modern melodic hard rock will appreciate their essential combination of hooks, heaviness, and melody. Recommended.
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