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VEGA STEREO MESSIAH REVIEW 2014

 

VEGA - STEREO MESSIAH

FRONTIERS RECORDS

OCTOBER 17 2014

 

 

Three albums in and Vega has delivered what must surely be their best album yet. Whilst many bands in the melodic genre struggle to capture the essence of former glories there are some who just seem to go from strength to strength.

 

UK band Vega is certainly top of that elite pile and this year’s ‘Stereo Messiah’ should surely be the album to bring them a wider audience. If you like your melodic rock slick with a definite modern sensibility and production but still with the great songs and melody you would be doing yourself a disservice by not stopping for a listen.

 

The album is nicely split between fist-pumping melodic anthems and more reflective numbers and shows an equal mastery of both ends of the scale. On one hand you have the bluster of the title track, ‘Neon Heart’ (which almost has a Magnum-like thrust); ‘With Both Hands’ (swamped in keys with an almost laid back U2 plays Melodic Rock groove); and ‘The Wild the Weird and the Wonderful’ which has a light an airy pop feel as it soars.

 

On the other hand you have the cool beauty of the simple ballad ‘Tears Never Dry’; the wonderful ‘The Ballad of the Broken Hearted’; and the powerful chorus that cuts through the mid-tempo ‘Gonna Need Some Love Tonight’.

 

The best of all though might just falls between the two with the wonderful, atmospheric genius of ‘The Fall’ maybe just falling short of our favourite ‘All or Nothing’ which really says it all about how good this band are and can be. Def Leppard fans also get a nice treat as Joe duets with Nick Workman on ’10 X Bigger than Love’ = just the sort of song modern day Leppard would kill for.

 

Don’t let this one slip by unnoticed – it is one of the best melodic releases of 2014 so far.   

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

VEGA STEREO MESSIAH REVIEW 2014