Six years ago they broke up. Last year they got back together, and re-recorded their popular album Mood Swings as Mood Swings II. Then they the hit the road for some festivals and tour dates much to the delight of fans. Then somebody in the band said, "Holy shit! They still like us. Maybe we should record some new material." I'm not sure about that last part, but the long serving AOR melodic hard rock Harem Scarem is back with their thirteenth album, and not sparing any creativity they have named it ... wait for it ... Thirteen.
On the first pass, my impression was that this has to be one of the band's heavier albums. There's a real sharp edge from the start, notably from guitar riffage, but also the bottom end. Additionally, vocalist Harry Hess seems more raw than usual, especially when he's reaching higher. But generally, he's steady as usual. Also as usual, Harem Scarem wraps everything in their crafty and catchy melody, harmony, and groove. Some of the heaviest stuff comes at the start with Garden of Eden and Live It. But others songs, while heavy, bump up the groove and melody for that catchy AOR, like All I Need or Troubled Times. They go for optimistic arena anthem with Never Say Never, with it's sharp guitar line and Hess' emotional vocals. And there's a ballad with Whatever It Takes, which is also the lightest of all the songs. In other words, and basically, Thirteen is classic Harem Scarem, and fans will eat this up. Recommended.
Basically, Thirteen is classic Harem Scarem, possibly a bit heavier melodic hard rock, but fans will eat this up. Recommended.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]