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Headrush

Headrush

Review by Greg Olma

I read on the web that this band is a “power metal band from Italy”. That statement shows how the internet can be a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. It is good because it can open your band to a much wider audience but it can be also be bad because of statements like the one I read. If I was not really a power metal fan, I would never go further into discovering this band. And that would be a shame because Headrush is not really power metal. They don’t have any of those Dungeon & Dragon themes or that galloping double bass. I would categorize this is more of a hard edged Dokken. The playing is very George Lynch style but that could be due to the fact that Alex DeRosso (guitars) had a small stint in Dokken. It is obvious that some of that melody has rubbed off and helped create the great set of tunes on offer here. The vocals are exceptional also. I find it refreshing that new bands still have the desire to sing songs instead of spitting or growling them out. If you were looking for a Rhapsody type band, this is not for you. However, if you are looking for a great melodic rock CD full of catchy tunes performed well, then do yourself a favor and pick this up. You won’t be disappointed.

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Track by Track Review
My World
This is more rock than metal but it really sets the mood for the entire album. It’s extremely melodic and catchy without being wimpy in a Styx ballad way. The vocals are great and I’m glad to see that not everyone is conforming to the new “cookie monster” style of singing.
Not Just Anyone
Continuing on from the first track, this cut is very similar in structure but is a little bit more metal. It contains all the good parts of “My World” and adds a few different elements to make it more hard edged. Alex DeRosso slips in a really nice guitar solo.
Fooled Myself Again
This piece starts off sounding a bit like Rush but then switches gears and slips into Dokken mode. There are some modern riffing moments added to give this a more contemporary sound. DeRosso really shines on this track.
Ordinary Man
Of all the pieces so far, this is the most metal. It is a fast paced rocker that reminds me of Dokken’s “Kiss Of Death.” The vocalist has a really good unique voice and he even sings in a Don Dokken style (which is a good thing). He really makes his mark on this cut, although he does sound great throughout the record.
All In A Crime
Weird sound effects start off this tune. This is probably where the tag of “power metal” came from. It contains parts that are that style but most of the song sounds like the rockin’ side of Dokken.
What's Yours Is Mine
This is the first chink in the armor. It’s not really catchy and is least memorable tune on the CD. Even though I don’t really care for the track, it really isn’t that bad. It’s just that the band has set the bar so high with the previous cuts that this one fall short.
Catch 22
DeRosso riffs it up with some modern sounding guitar tones. The band redeem themselves by returning to that catchy melodic style that has made the beginning of this album such a winner. The few modern touches prove that you can take the good elements of “80’s melodic rock” and add a few new things to make it sound current.
Silence
This heavy power ballad starts off like Triumph’s “Lay It On The Line.” I have to use the term power ballad because there are parts that are heavy but overall this is a ballad that ends heavy.
Young
I could swear that it was George Lynch playing this tune. It has that great 80’s metal sound and again there is a catchy chorus. These guys seem to be able to write memorable riffs and melodies in their sleep.
Change My Life
Some heavy riffing starts off this piece that becomes a melodic rocker as it moves on. The chorus is different from the other tracks and that makes a nice change even though it is pretty late in the game (we are almost at the end of the album).
Get Off the Dime
The beginning of this track reminds me of the Scorpion’s “Holiday.” Once that brief part is over, it kicks into a nice little rocker. The guitar tones are very similar to the ones in the first song. This would have been a great cut to finish the album on. It would have brought things back full circle.
'Til I Know
This is the only real ballad on the CD. It only has guitar and vocals and although it is a good track, it should not be the last song. I would have put this somewhere in the middle and ended the record on “Get Off My Dime.” 
 
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