If you read previous reviews of Switzerland's Polution, for their previous album Overheated (2009), some writers decry the similarities to AC/DC and Swiss brethren Krokus. While not entirely dismissive, most reviews were not impressed. Certainly their sophomore effort, Beyond Control, is akin to this hard rock. But I'm hearing little of that former band here.
Actually, after the small opening intro, I was quite encouraged by Fire and Live Until You Die. Here's some quite catchy hard rock. Then, with Forever And A Day and Follow Me you get a taste of something more modern, a flavor of post-grunge, d-tuned, hard rock similar, but not entirely equivalent, to a Nickelback style. It works best when mixed with their more melodic hard rock side as on The Band or Follow Me. It gets a little more tiring on the pseudo-ballad. Sometimes Polution can sound more like heavy metal. War, a generally average song, qualifies. Bite Me is a better, with a good pace and nice groove; call it rockin' heavy metal. Generally, however, I could pass on the latter third of this album
While not overly impressed, I think Polution deserves some recognition for their persistence and enthusiasm. Beyond Control, if anything shows, strength and potential. Check them out.
While not overly impressed, I think Polution deserves some recognition for their persistence and enthusiasm. Beyond Control, if anything shows, strength and potential.
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