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SCREAM ARENA ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

SCREAM ARENA - SCREAM ARENA

MIGHTY MUSIC

APRIL 7 2014

 

 

From the first track ‘Born Ready’ you learn a few things about the UK’s Scream Arena; firstly that they are capable of producing some decent Hard Rock, secondly like so many UK bands they look towards the US with various Americanisms creeping into the lyrics. When you look a little deeper you find that they are also a band not afraid to speak their mind, with frontman Andy Paul noting on the bio: "We are so tired of Smiths retreads and rewatered workings of The Clash being sold to us as the future of rock music". To also include a pop at the UK’s Metal scene in the bio: “Scream Arena is a response to both the fey indie bands masquerading as "rock bands" in Britain and the studied off the shelf misery of so many metal bands championed by the fashion conscious.” Is perhaps even braver but refreshing even if it means little to listeners in other parts of the world who perhaps have more all-encompassing scenes.

 

Setting yourself up like that you better be able to stick your head above the parapet and take criticism and that’s where the Paul Sabu produced band is a little hot and cold. Tracks like ‘Price of Love’ are solid enough songs but there’s seemingly a lack of a real killer instinct here and a lack of that one tune that can turn a good album into a great one. Don’t get us wrong we like this album very much and tracks like ‘Forever’, the biggest and most melodic song here, are great. It’s not a track that stands  alone either with ‘Racing to the End of Night’ a great mid-tempo story about the nature of modern ‘fame’.     

 

There are plenty of other tracks that should turn your head too: ‘Another Night in London Town’ is the sort of melodic mid-tempo rocker that sets this band aside from the pack with an almost early Collective Soul vibe without the overt Southern twist. It’s the kind of song I can see leading these guys somewhere.   You’ll also find here the four songs from the band’s debut ‘House of Pain’ EP and these songs contain some of the best moments: ‘Goodnight LA’ is a great song and ‘Somewhere’ not far behind. The cover of Elvis’ ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ is also individual enough to make you take notice.   

 

On to watch, and I hear they put on a great live show too.

 

 

by Jo Rockpit

 

SCREAM ARENA ALBUM REVIEW 2014