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A Road to Damascus In Retrospect Review 2014

 

A ROAD TO DAMASCUS - IN RETROSPECT

MIGHTY MUSIC

AUGUST 25 2014

 

 

I guess this is what Modern Melodic Rock sounds like…  Clean, quality melodies, great songs and yet somehow without the soul of what we used to know as Melodic Rock. Now on one level you cannot deny that Denmark’s ‘A Road to Damascus’ deliver the goods: this is damn fine modern melodic music maybe even slick pop-punk, but call it what you will it does lack any real emotional thrust, but hey as my Editor says, it doesn’t really need it and I entirely take his point, to a point…

 

One of our pet hates at the Rockpit has always been ‘padding’ and to be honest 20-odd seconds of ‘Untitled’ which is actually a direct lead into first track ‘All Said and Done’ is one of the most shameless examples I’ve ever heard – it is NOT a separate song in any way, shape or form….

 

Quickly putting that aside, the NINE tracks on the album start with a pretty similar pair of ‘All Said and Done’ and ‘Different Eyes’ which lay out the clean sound but are pretty indistinct from each other though certainly not unbecoming. If you like bands like ‘30 Seconds To Mars’ you will probably like this. ‘Turn of the Story’ starts out with a bit of texture but ends up sounding pretty similar. It’s one of those albums where you can honestly say if you like what you hear first up you’ll like the album.     

 

Top picks for us are ‘All said and done’ and the mellower ‘Home is Where My Heart Was’. These guys are nine tenths of the way to taking over the world, or at least the airwaves!

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

A Road to Damascus In Retrospect Review 2014