With each album, Vega hits the ball out of the park. Their latest and fourth album, Who We Are is no exception. As with 2014's Stereo Messiah, I can say at the start, without hesitation: Buy this album. You will not be disappointed in the least. It's all good.
Cutting to the chase then, Who We Are is equal parts musical manifesto, resume, and definition. Vega is AOR melodic hard rock in the best and finest tradition, born in the Eighties, then transported to and revitalized for the 21st century. These guys live and breath this stuff. Cut an artery and they bleed this music.
I'm not sure which elements of the Vega sound I like best, because they're all good and vital. Perhaps it's the vocals and vocal harmonies: lush, sweet, melodic. Nick Workman has an amazing voice. Or maybe the twin guitar harmony that also helps to spin the melody. Then there's those big guitar solos that pepper each song like Cajun hot sauce. Or maybe it's simply that, Vega's natural knack for infectious melody in each arrangement. But then there's the abundance of groove which can hook these things together.
Melody + Harmony + Groove = AOR accessibility and good times. Every song seems built to rock and tear down an arena. Every song has the inherent ability to charm your ears and draw you in. Ear candy as it were.
Alright. So I'm a fan. But, honestly, Vega does not disappoint. They are the real AOR melodic rock deal. Probably not just on their A-game, but at the top of their game. Everybody else is either playing catch up or chasing their own tails. Yeah, Vega and Who Were Are is that good. Exceedingly recommended.
Addendum: All the songs here are great, but my top picks are: If Not You, Explode, Every Little Monster, and the amazing twins Ignite and Saving Grace.
Vega does not disappoint. They are the real AOR melodic rock deal. Probably not just on their A-game, but at the top of their game. Everybody else is either playing catch up or chasing their own tails. Yeah, Vega and Who Were Are is that good. Exceedingly 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 ]