It only struck me today looking at the Kissin' Dynamite promotional band photos and because he changed his hair style. Lead vocalist Hannes Braun looks a lot like a young Bonnie Tyler. Remember her and her one hit wonder, Total Eclipse of the Heart? Seriously, look at this picture of Ms. Tyler from 1979. Then click to enlarge the photo below. Yeah. I know. And Braun has that same raspy vocal delivery. Creepy.
But I digress. Putting that trivial insight aside, Kissin' Dynamite arrives with their fourth long player, Megalomania, and just as the band members reach their twenties. It's the same same, but something different. At the foundation, KD still delivers melodic hard rock steeped in the Eighties sleaze tradition with some heavy metal edge. But the sound across the album has a more lush, dense feeling. And the smoothness of the vocals make one suspect there may be some serious autotuning going on here. Best degree of suspicion comes with DNA, Firelies, and Deadly. The latter a very catchy tune.
Then there's the small nuance of mettling with some modern music influences. Mostly I thought this in the opening track DNA. It has this bouncy synth thing going on throughout, only to be outwitted by the bouncy rock groove. Then there's perfectly aligned vocals again. Kissin' Dynamite sounds like melodic dance metal boy band, One Direction meets Wig Wam. But it's a darn catchy tune that could light up an arena. Perhaps that's the conclusion: the sound of these songs seem tuned for that large wall of speakers screaming rock goove that gets you jumping and pumping. I can see it happening in a show near you. But underneath it all, as mentioned earlier, is that fundamental mixture of melodic hard rock and metal, with groove and rambunctious lead guitars. Megalomania is poppy and accessible, melodic and groovy, but probably still heavy enough for the hard rock purists. It's definitely worth your time.
Megalomania is poppy and accessible, melodic and groovy, but probably still heavy enough for the hard rock purists.
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