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If I ask all bands out there one thing is please don’t list a throwaway few seconds of music or noise as a track on your album. Back in the old days they called tracks like that ‘intros’ or used a “/” – I mean you’re not going to be happy going to a cashpoint and entering $10 and getting $9.30 are you? And now for the review…


First track ‘Too hot for Radio’ is as subtle as a 10 foot neon layer cake of keys and guitar and while at a cursory glance you could easily label a band like Desyre ‘Hair Metal’ and have done with it there’s actually far more of a debt to NWOBHM and the unsubtle keyboards and synths employed in the early eighties than to the sticky sugar of bands like Poison. The single ‘Party Song’ that follows at times reminds you of the Pomp rock of bands like Angel. It’s one of the biggest sonic surprises of the year to think people dare actually make music like this anymore, not only that the dare call it ‘Party Song’!
Now you may like the bands of recent years that have strong Glam elements from the Metal of The Poodles, the melody of Wig Wam or the Europop of Reckless Love, but Desyre, despite having a name that sounds like the most lightweight of all, has some real interesting moves. They don’t always hit it off of course but they are at least prepared to try and mix it up.  Occasionally it falls flat or plays too safe like on the by-numbers ‘Dangerous Desire’ (why not Desyre?) which just sounds like good Reckless Love.


Elsewhere on the album there are a few lows – ‘Mystery Eyes’ does little, but ‘Beyond the Horizon’ is better and more rounded. But they are outweighed by the highs like ‘The Magic of Your Kingdom’ which again has those retro keys but this time a really solid hook. Energy abounds on our favourite ‘War of Stars’ which has all of the elements lined up – big keys, big guitars, ‘Pomp’ up to ten and a scattering of cheese. The last three tracks ‘Protector’; ‘First Blood’ and ‘Follow Me’ aren’t bad either and seem to more cohesively work that NWOBHM meets POMP ROCK template.


This may not blow you away but it’s a little different and whilst some reviews I’m sure will cite bands like Crue or Poison I hear very little of that here. I’d be more inclined to say Angel meets Dragonforce meets NWOBHM. Nice work!

CD available here.



Mark Diggins