Edge, a Swedish band, and their debut album, Heaven Knows is pure European melodic hard rock in the AOR tradition. Simple. It's the collaboration of longtime friends: Jonas Forss (v,g,k) and Tobias Andersson k,g). But these friends never wrote songs together, until now. The result is quite good.
Fundamentally, these two musicians work from a melodic hard rock foundation. Put emphasis on the 'hard' rock side. This is not some mild 'west coast' sound, but it's also definitely on the AOR side. Big melodies, harmonies, hooks, choruses, and guitar solos wrapped in a heavier rock groove define the sound of Edge.
Heaven Knows is best listened to loud. Why? Not so much because rock music must be listened to with ear crushing velocity. No. Pushing your amp up to eight or nine brings out the clarity of the parts: vocal arrangements and individual instruments. This may be basic melodic hard rock, certainly not novel, only derivative, but it sounds great. And that's a good thing.
There's some great, ripping, tunes here including I Believe in Love, I Could Never Live, Get Over It (with guest vocalist Martina Edoff), Right Now, and End of the World. Take a pass on the opening number Little Girl and Nowhere to Hide, for instance; good songs but not all that enthusiastic. Despite these slime reservations, Edge's Heaven Knows is solid AOR melodic hard rock, and a good addition to your catalogue. Recommended.
Edge's Heaven Knows is solid AOR melodic hard rock, perhaps heavier, and definitely should be played loud; it's a good addition to your catalogue. Recommended.
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