For his sophomore release vocalist Oliver Weers seems divided, torn in two, between melodic hard rock and heavy metal on Evil's Back. Call it heavier melodic hard rock if you wish. Weers, the X-Factor finalist, returns in fine form, but after a listen or two I'm wondering if Evil's Back is really that extraordinary.
Maybe my ambivalence comes from not being overly impressed with his vocal performance. Certainly Mr. Weers holds his own throughout this disc. And the music is especially satisfying. Listening to All My Life, Need It Band, Much Too Much, or Demolition Man, Weers has fine arrangements and impressive supporting cast. Yet there seems to be some disconnect between his vocals and the music. At times, as on Without You Weers, sounded like a lounge singer, maybe Michael Bolton, trying to do heavy metal with a minimal amount of success.
But conversely, and strangely, after consideration both the music and Weers' vocals fit. Weers certainly integrates the groove of melodic hard rock with the heaviness of melodic metal. While there's nothing overly compelling here, as a whole, Weers and company succeed and advance over their premier. Recommended.
Weers certainly integrates the groove of melodic hard rock with the heaviness of melodic metal. While there's nothing overly compelling here, as a whole, Weers and company succeed and advance over their premier.
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