New Jerusalem - New Jerusalem

Wednesday 1st October 1997
New Jerusalem - New Jerusalem
New Jerusalem - New Jerusalem

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12340-13785
LABEL: Bulletproof D3007

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

If you are a fan of '70s rock then this album will put you in rock heaven! Imagine a Christian band that slips into the melting pot the sounds of Purple, AC/DC and Led Zep and comes out with a hard and heavy rock sound matched by straight ahead lyrics. Powerful? You bet! Andrew Lee Olsen's gritty vocal wail is somewhere between Bon Scott and Robert Plant and Thurane Aung Khin's confident riffy guitar swagger makes this independent release kick dirt in the faces of some of the other young rock pretenders that are releasing debuts right now! From the opening AC/DC-style rifferama of "Living In The Light" this quickly hooks you. Shh! "Judgement Day" even has a Zep instrumental steal with Thurane doing a passable Jimmy Page! (See if you can name that tune rock fans!) Joking aside, this is a killer set proving the band's versatility with the mellower "Foundation" and the epic "A Melody, A Symphony, A Song" but The Riff rules once more on "Sincerely" and "Forgiven". If you're a bit bored with that alternative rock thing, then return to the real thing! Already proving a popular live draw in the USA, it can't be long before a major label picks up on the potential contained here. With a big budget, it's scary to think what these boys might be capable of doing!

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