Tuesday 14 May 2019

Album Review: A NEW REVENGE - Enemies & Lovers

A New Revenge - Enemies & Lovers

01. The Distance Between
02. The Way
03. Never Let You Go
04. Glorious
05. The Eyes
06. Fallen
07. Only The Pretty Ones
08. Enemies & Lovers
09. Here's To Us
10. Scars

A New Revenge was formerly 'Project Rock' and 'Rockstar'. This supergroup features Tim 'Ripper' Owens (ex-Judas Priest) on vocals, guitarist Keri Kelli (Slash's Snakepit, Vince Neil, Alice Cooper), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot) and drummer James Kottak (Scorpions, Kingdome Come).

Enemies & Lovers is a fairly straight forward Hard Rock album, with a healthy splash of Traditional Heavy Metal. There are countless bands out there in this genre, but what makes A New Revenge stand-out from the masses is Tim's voice. I loved Judas Priest's Jugulator album, and that record made me realise just how ridiculously talented he is. It almost seems a shame that he's been living this life as a hired gun playing for Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Dio Disciples, when the guy deserves to be an A-list Rock star in his own right.  

A New Revenge is a step towards that, but with all of the members being in so many different bands/projects, this one will obviously be on the back-burner in no time at all. Even Rudy Sarzo was too busy to be in the music videos, so Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Last In Line) is in them instead. That supports my theory that this record was knocked together by a few 'known names' to make a little money while they are between bigger gigs with other bands.

The Distance Between is a great opener, a real driving Rock song with a big chorus. Never Let You Go sounds like The Wildhearts at their most commercial. These Eyes is my favourite as it has the DNA of classic Judas Priest running through it and delivers a bit more Metal than the other tracks.

I also really like the anthemic Fallen, the Alice Cooper flavoured Only The Pretty Ones, and the dramatic closer Scars.

Enemies & Lovers is a better album than I initially thought it would be. In fact, it's very good indeed, mostly thanks to Tim. Whether this band has any kind of future, or will be continually too low down on their lists of priorities to make another record, remains to be seen.


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