SONS OF SOUNDS - S.O.S. (7 Hard /New Music Distribution)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Iíve been talking about this German band before. I canít say they impressed me with their demo but they werenít bad either. This is an album from 2012 and meanwhile this formation found a label to support them. Always nice when a label supports a band, gives them the chance to sign a contract but not any label is quite fair. I donít know how it is about 7 Hard, I suppose it belongs to the majority of good labels and at least they offered us a good looking promo. Thatís at least the first step forward the band took, although they offered one of the best looking demos I ever received.
Musical wise this trio goes further into the direction I met them at first. With further I also mean that the band develops into a better, read more professional, direction. The music is more melodic, singer Roman does much more with his voice. He screams high at some points and he sings higher notes, tries to sound much more harmonious. He did a good job although I doubt the easiness for him using these vocal lines. The link with old school Metal is more clear on this record and I need to say nothing declares this is a German band. These brothers became more skilled when I compare their debut, dated 2008 and this album.
The music is more varied and hard hitting arrangements are still the brand of the band. No exaggeration in anything, just good Metal with a less Rockín Roll sound as before but still without tracks that grabs the listener by the throat. Yet I canít say the band didnít work hard on their song writing, these songs need time and when youíll take a good listen you will discover some great ideas. The last track, with Sandra Starke on vocals, is another proof of it. Great song! The band offers a wide bunch of songs, is very varied in what they are offering the listeners. The link with NWOBHM and even US Metal meanwhile became more obvious, listen for example to ďSpirit Of TimeĒ. I hear good played guitars but as almost in any trio band it is hard to keep bass guitar and leads in a perfect balance. Fans of traditional Metal will at least discover a True band with Sons Of Sounds, a bunch of guys who still play Metal for pleasure, because of the soul of the genre.
ďS.O.S.Ē is another step forward in the career of these lads. I suppose this brotherhood will not allow a second guitar player in the band, what might keep them on a hold. I donít know that much trio bands that are able to overwhelm the audience and although this is a good band they donít succeed in that goal. Yet is an enjoyable album. Check http://www.sonsofsounds.com .
My Points: 85 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic OnesÖ a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish