Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CD REVIEW: UNITED by Harem Scarem

UNITED by Harem Scarem
(Frontier Records)

Harem Scarem return with their anticipated latest release, 'United', serving up 11 songs all powered by that Harem Scarem sound courtesy of Harry Hess (lead vocals, keyboards), Pete Lesperance (guitars, bass, keyboards), long-time drummer Creighton Doane, and backing vocals from original drunmer Darren Smith. So, is the new album as great as 'Mood Swings' or on par with 'Weight Of The World? No, but it is quintissential Harem Scarem. 'United', showcases what a powerful and tight unit this band truly is. Harry Hess, sounds better than ever. Pete Lesperance, what a underrated guitarist, his playing shines holding nothing back delivering unique riffs and solos that bleed virtuosity on every track. Highlights include the massive chorus hook and killer solo of opening title track, "Here Today Gone Tomorrow", "Gravity", the lead off single, "Sinking Ships", the amazing "One Of Life's Mysteries" " that features a huge vocal chorus by Harry Hess. Other favorites include, "Bite The Bullet" and "Heaven And Earth". 'United'  is definitely a quality album that is essential for all Harem Scarem fans. It simply has everything that melodic rock fans want: catchy choruses, giant melody, and powerful and amazing guitar riffs. This album will easily slide into your electronic device of choice, and no doubt stay there for weeks.
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

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