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JADED HEART FIGHT THE SYSTEM REVIEW 2014

 

JADED HEART - FIGHT THE SYSTEM

FASTBALL RECORDS

SEPTEMBER 26 2014

 

 

I think this makes it 11 studio albums for Germany’s Jaded Heart in 22 years, not bad going at all for a band which consistently manages to deliver the goods without breaking any of the rules…


If you like slick Hard Melodic Rock with Metal leanings then this is a band I’d be surprised if you hadn’t checked out yet.  And after last year’s ‘Live in Cologne’ package it’s great to see the band back so soon with new studio material – and what an album it is!


Opener ‘Schizophrenic’  has a huge synth hook amidst the guitars that really underlines the sound,  whilst ‘Control’ which features Masterplan vocalist Rick Altzi hits with Heavy Harmony – they are a great pair to open with and immediately put you in mind of a cross between present day Lillian Axe and Empire vintage Queensryche with the Melody amped up to 11. It’s a great sound that Jaded Heart has made their own over the years.


 This is a huge sounding record, full of fire and drive and despite you knowing it’s not in any way pushing any boundaries that is completely irrelevant here: these are a selection of damn fine Melodic songs that just make you feel good to be a Rock fan.


‘Not in a Million Years’ keeps up the quality and throws in the kitchen sink – it’s a song with everything thrown in and it’s mixed together beautifully and completely overdone! And that really is the key here - that Melodic core with plenty of variety: like the heavier ‘I Lost My Faith’; the 80’s Dokken like romp that is ‘Nightmare’s Over’; the epic ballad ‘Never Free’ or the Sleazy Sunset Strip vibe of ‘Till Death Do Us Part’.


Yes of course the rest of the album is just as good! ‘Terror In Me’ packs a real kick, whilst ‘Haunted’ does the same; but it’s perhaps ‘Crying’ that hits hardest of all and really stands out from the pack just a neck above the rest maybe, it’s a song you can’t get out of your head.


Closing with ‘In the Shadows’, we get the sort of fist-pumping closer that the album deserves. This is a great album even by Jaded Heart’s standards: it’s nothing you haven’t heard before but like we said that’s largely the point – music of great quality that is just so much damn good fun it’s irresistible.  

 

 

by Matt Rockpit

 

JADED HEART - FIGHT THE SYSTEM - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2014