Perhaps Gamble Shot is not the risky maneuver it suggests for Germany's Rebellious Spirit. These youngsters, average age of 18, offer what can only be described as contemporary classic rock, and they're pretty darn good at it too.
The early context is clear: Eighties LA sleaze hard rock echoing Motley Crue, Poison, among others; the later context is the modern resurrection of the same from peers such as H.E.A.T., Hardcore Superstar, or Germany's own Reckless Love. One element necessary in either age was the bit of punk swagger that informed that classic rock style, and Rebellious Spirit gets that as well.
But mostly Gamble Shot is simply rock n roll, melodic, sometimes heavier nearing melodic metal as on Gone Wild, yet rock n roll all the same. Rebellious Spirit spares neither melody or catchy hooks, nor fistfuls of riffs and generous guitar solos. Vocalist Jannik Fischer has a melodic delivery, and enough hint of sneer to sound nasty at times. (Although there's a familiarity to his voice that makes him sound like everybody else doing this type of music.)
There's a good variety to the songs as well. Straight hard rock comes with Let's Bring Back, Rock It, Lights Out; other heavier, edgier, songs, like the aforementioned Gone Wild, include Lights Out and maybe Forever Young. Sweet Access Right comes with a glaze of sticky pop rock. Ballads include Don't Leave Me, You're Not the Only One, likely better called an anthem, and Change the World, perhaps the best of the bunch. Well the production and mix are solid, there seems to a softness to the songs, making you wonder if they aren't better heard live. Otherwise, Gamble Shot is a fine and entertaining, even mature, album of classic contemporary rock from such a young band. Recommended.
Rebellious Spirit's Gamble Shot is a fine and entertaining, even mature, album of classic contemporary melodic hard rock from such a young band. Recommended.
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