STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 175393-28316 LABEL: Roxx FORMAT: CD EP
Reviewed by Paul S Ganney
This five-track EP from the re-formed and re-energised melodic/blues-rock band comes a mere 26 years since they came to rock fans' attention with their Elefante brothers produced self-titled gem. Now emerging with a new lead vocalist, (the original, Larry Worley, contributes guitar and backing vocals) Fear Not have changed their sound a bit - it's more '90s rock and the guitar tones do match that feeling: crunchy, powerful and with screaming solos. It's all incredibly solid, consistently so, and 'For The Wounded Heart' will certainly appeal to long-in-tooth fans of bands such as Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult and Bon Jovi. There's a mix of in-your-face rock ("Don't Want None"), power almost-ballads ("Carry Me" - this song providing the strongest faith-based lyric) and blues-based riffs ("Love Is Alright"). It's very good and probably shouldn't be judged against their former work - I just hope it's not 26 years before their next one.
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