THE STREET - THE DIVINE DEBAUCHERY
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METAL TO INFINITY
I know something about the US Metal scene but I have to admit I have never heard of The Street before. Very strange when I read this is their sixth(!) album. Next to this fact I've noticed they played with bands like Alice Cooper, Dokken, Metal Church and lots of other famous bands. Are they popular in the USA but unknown in Europe? This can be an enlightenment as I have knowledge of other bands who were destined to live with this kind of status. For Pop musicians it is a matter of breaking through in the States, in our time the opposite counts for the heavier kind of music and Europe is 'the place to be'.
I'm desperately searching for the reason why I'm so ignorant about this band but I can't find an answer. Not that The Street offers me the ultimate kick but they sound very professional and energetic. Let me say they're into some kind of bouncing Melodic Hard Rock, very much influenced by Traditional Rock and by the more harmonious Metal formations from the eighties. ''The Divine Debauchery'' owns plenty of good rhythms and I'm sure twenty years ago they would have received major interest by the music industry. The Street can be compared with bands like Bon Jovi in his old days, Guns' n Roses or Skid Row.
Rocking and Rolling on one side, acting with more straight forward Hard Rock songs (without keyboards!) on the other side are trademarks of the band. The tunes are very ear catching and it's clear all members are very gifted musicians. The songs are not always original but professionally and vigorous completed, in a way I'm sure this band must be outstanding on stage. Not for one moment I was bored by this disc. The guitar parts are pretty impressing and the way some emotional solos are played makes me astonished. The Street goes back to some roots we might have forgotten. Singer B. Arnold owns the perfect timbre for this kind of Heavy Rock, often he reminds me to a mix between Sebastian Bach and Bon Jovi. I hope this is a fantastic compliment for this man.
Songs like 'Devils Dilemma', 'Bitter', the Bon Jovi sounding 'Light Of Day' and 'Nemesis' (with an outstanding begin part) are good enough to me make me curious about their other albums. A good album that deserves a respectable report. My Points: 80/100 (review by Officer Nice)
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