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Strange Ang3ls - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

Strange Ang3ls

Strange Ang3ls
(Metal Heaven - 2011)

A scream is the first thing you hear, then keyboards which remind me of late 80's Pretty Maids... The intro is called Ang3ls (Help Us). Soon the opener Alone I Cry becomes a powerful melodic rocker. For his first solo album Pearce hired Göran Edman and John Payne, so you can expect high-class vocals. Musically the opener shows reminiscences to bands like M.ill.on and Jaded Heart.

More AOR-is is Shelter Me From The Rain. A memorable hook will make you sing along soon. Not a smash hit, but fun. Tell Me Why is taking you back into the 80's, a melancholy tune with a balladesque edge. The guitar play and the style of the song reminds me a bit of Cem Köksal / Joe Lynn Turner's cooperation. The instrumental Every Time It Rains kicks off with the sound of thunder, a prominent keyboard in the opening passage, but then the guitar takes over. The guitar sings, I'm not a huge fan of instrumental music, but I don't feel the urge to skip to the next track.

Back to the 80's with Strange Ang3ls. The title track is based on a heavy riffs, but the vocals are catchy and will make you sing along. With a cool video this would have made it into heavy rotation back then. One of my favorites is Save Your Prayers, even if I can't really say why...

Why many guitarist try to show off their skills and offer a lot of technical elements, David Mark Pearce is adding some emotional, song-supporting guitar play. The guitar partly becomes the counter part to the vocals, like using a second singer. A good example for the 'singing guitar' is Eden Is Burning.

Fans who love the Scandinavian melodic metal should check out the album of David Mark Pearce. But also fans of US rockers like Tyketto, Black 'n Blue, Valentine, etc. might fall for Strange Ang3ls...

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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