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Friday, February 5, 2016

Aunt Mary - New Dawn- New Release review

I just received the newest release (February 12, 2016), New Dawn, from Aunt Mary and it's bursting with energy. Opening with guns blazing on Slave Parade, Bjorn Kristiansen (guitars), Ketil Stensvik (drums), Bent O. Bodal (bass) and Henning Ramseth (keys) march ahead with the finesse of a 2 ton giant and Glenn Lyse has the mic for lead vocals. That's an opener. Unconditional Love has a much smoother and melodic Bryan Adams like feel with an eye toward radio play with a cool, funky bass lines. Hopelessly Lost takes a more straight ahead approach with it's blend of metal and Aerosmith with driving rhythms and slick guitar riffs. With a softer, ballad style, Happily Ever After, has an metal base with soaring guitar riffs, but with Roger Waters styling. Interesting mix. G Flat Ford is one of my favorite tracks with it's irregular rhythm and driving bass/drum combo juxtaposed against echoed vocals and synthesized guitars. Very cool! I Was Born To Ride On The Wrong Side takes a hard step toward metal but not abandoning it's rock feel so let's say Motorhead. Solid as a rock! Open Your Eyes is a quiet yet strong vocal ballad with clean acoustic riffs balanced on a ray of keyboards. Slowly building with layers, this track has oomph. Blind has a really nice swagger with particularly strong bass lead. Melodic vocals by Lyse, Bodal and Stensvik give the track it's radio edge. An extended yet understated guitar solo gives it a nice edge. Been There Done That has a cool blues rock feel with grinding bass riffs and the bluesiest guitar riffs on the release. It's poppy funk rhythm make it appealing across multiple genres. Soldadera has a minor feel and with it's broad orchestral feel makes it almost movie soundtrack like. Clean keyboard work by Ramseth and spanish guitar work by Kristiansen give it a very distinctive feel. Wrapping the release is Don't Keep Me Waiting, a bright rocker with light handed guitar riffs, snappy drumming and a driving bass line. Excellent closer.

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