GALLOWS POLE — This Is Rock (review)

GALLOWS POLE — This Is Rock album cover Album · 2019 · Hard Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Kev Rowland
It’s my own fault. When I was offered this album I remembered the name and checked my records, and yes I had reviewed the band some years previously so grabbed it. What I didn’t check was what I had said about their 2013 release ‘And Time Stood Still’, which is a shame as I finished the review with “The best part of this album is the artwork – don’t play it, just look at it”. Now, it must be said that this album is way better than that, without ever getting into the realms of being indispensable. This is melodic hard rock, often with both male and female vocals, which at times is hook-laden and makes me smile. The one major issue is that it is just so pedestrian, and often very one-sided in its approach. There is little in the way of energy, and songs often seem to run out of ideas as opposed to finishing with a bang.

It is hard to recommend this, but it is a very good example of this style of music, and if this is your thing then you will probably get a lot out of it, but I would personally listen to something which has passion, power and variety.
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