Recent Reviews

11.02.2018

04.02.2018

28.01.2018

21.01.2018

14.01.2018

07.01.2018

[ More Music Reviews ]


Weers, Oliver: Evil's Back
Oliver Weers Evil's Back album new music review

Weers, Oliver: Evil's Back

Melodic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

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.




CraigHartranft.net - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

In Short

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.

Find A Review

Alphabetical Index

a b c d e f g h i j
k l m n o p q r s t
u v w x y z #
Album of the Week
Click to read the Angra - Omni CD Album review

If there is any band that put South American heavy metal on the world stage, it's Brazil's Angra. Formed better than a quarter century ago by guitarist Rafael Bittencourt, Angra has dropped eight albums and ... [ Read More ]