Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
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Gallery By TESS
Fans of hard rock from all over have been keenly anticipating this night for a long while and for a range of extremely exciting reasons, not least of which is the return of the string shredding maestro himself. For we the fan faithful assembled at Margaret Court Arena, the presence of Slash is worth the ticket price alone but so much more is placed upon the table of hard rock heaven and we seated ready at the banquet await serving of pure delight.
Our smorgasbord of incredible offerings this evening is liberally seasoned with an array of items worthy of celebration and certainly the cause of many months and for some lifetimes of eager anticipation. I am by no means alone in yearning to hear the golden voice of Myles Kennedy since his last visit with Alter Bridge but also following the release of his long-awaited solo album Year Of The Tiger last year. An evening of listening to Myles sing is rock joy for all those who have experienced his unique and magnificent style and his work with Slash over the years has enhanced his appeal significantly with opportunities for style exploration and dare I allege a few prompts from Saul himself to engage unfamiliar territory head on. Myles was, in fact, hesitant to join the Slash entourage initially but following a few no-shows and some enriching discussions with Slash, Myles took to the mic on a more permanent basis and contributed to the Slash debut album and has featured on three more since, namely Apocalyptic Love in 2012, World on Fire in 2014 and the latest magnum opus Living the Dream in 2018. The unique style and appeal of Myles Kennedy are two of many reasons that he is widely regarded as a musical magician. For me, he has stamped his signature as one of the greatest musicians and rock vocalists of all time and to witness his prowess in bewildered awe once again, is a privilege indeed.
Another reason for keen anticipation and rejoicing tonight is the aforementioned fact that the 2018 Living the Dream album is just so astonishingly magnificent and to think that we will be treated to some of the tracks from that very collection tonight is quite overwhelming. Many of us in Australia tonight are very thankful to TEG Dainty for arranging an Australian visit so soon after the release of this incredible album.
Further grounds for merriment is the return of The Conspirators themselves namely (in no particular order goddammit) Todd Kearns, Frank Sidoris and Brent Fitz.
Todd ‘Dammit’ Kearns is a multitalented musician who hails from Saskatchewan, Canada originally and established his flamboyance, musical skill and technical prowess as a singer, guitarist, writer and producer over many years and a plethora of quality ventures. His distinguished list of achievements includes work with Age Of Electric, Brent Muscat’s Faster Pussycat, Sin City Sinners, Toque with bandmate Brent Fitz and a myriad of collaborations along with brilliant solo work such as Go Time which demands attention in their own right. Watch him once on stage and you will understand my unreserved enthusiasm to see him perform again.
My enthusiasm extends to the great Las Vegas native Frank Sidoris who formally kicked off his career as a blisteringly brilliant guitarist with The Cab until taking on rhythm guitar duties with Slash and The Conspirators in 2012. His powerful skill as a support to the master need only be summed up in one utterance I heard during a discussion among fans some years ago namely “is he great? He was chosen by Slash and now plays at the right hand of THE guitar god”. Nuff said methinks.
Now all of these musicians are utterly astounding and worth every cent to see solo, but with Brent Fitz at the kit, The Conspirators are complete and the excitement is ready to erupt into celebration. Brent, like Todd, is also from Canada and started out in earnest at the age of 15 with New Alliance and progressed to Seventh Heaven and Shake Naked, but when he struck a Union with heavy hitters John Corabi, Bruce Kulick, and Jamie Hunting, Brent’s exhaustive list of ‘big name’ collaborations really took shape. To say ‘he has shared the stage with them all’ seems to lack sufficient reverence for such a distinguished musical career, but what is due him is the awe of we who know what he can play, how he can play them and how incredibly outstanding a musician he is.
Oh, and a dude called Slash is playing too.
Now if you thought that such a list of reasons for unharnessed glee could not grow any larger we have further special reason to celebrate because supporting on both the NZ and Australia shows are the incredibly talented, monumentally dynamic and amazingly appealing band Devilskin from New Zealand. Consisting of Jennie Skulander, The Nail, Paul Martin and Nic Martin. The elder metal statesmen of this magnificent band from across the ditch are Paul (bass) and Nail (lead guitar) are adorned with red beards for ease of identification (and I believe in homage to ‘Dimbag’ Darryl Abbott) and Nic at the kit is Paul’s son making this quite the family affair, but don’t let that mask the reality that this hard-hitting foursome are a formidable, capable and thoroughly captivating metal force.
As proceedings commence with Devilskin I am witness to history repeating as the crowd assembled are left mouth agape in awe of this sensational band exactly as was the case with every other Australian show I have seen them perform. Devilskin knocked the sock off of Halestorm crowds all over Australia in 2017 and here we go again. Its become quite the game for me to watch the crowd react to this awesome outfit. Jennie possesses the ability to vocalise between the polar extremes of an angelic voice from aloft to the demonic howls of a tormented soul, slightly south of said angel. Nail carries each note and every riff with tremendous skill and often instrumentally entwines with Paul in carrying a hugely appealing cohesive metal sound, all to the skillful beat of Nic at the kit. Nic has long shuffled off the youthful ‘son of Paul’ persona and is a powerhouse drummer with his own style and percussive prowess. As they roll through the hits from their awesome albums Be Like The River and We Rise, along with a few new offerings the raw power of this four creates yet another group of bewildered onlookers who have become fervent admirers of such a brilliant heavy metal band. Every time, every show, 100 percent offered and not an ounce left in reserve. Devilskin thrill each and every time. Tonight is no different. I remember Lzzy Hale rocking side stage to Devilskin in Melbourne in 2017 and I would not be the slightest bit surprised if Slash was doing the same during this blistering set. A thoroughly sensational opener worthy of stand-alone accolades and cries of “headline us Devilskin and make it soon”. Brilliant.
But now to the long-awaited main event and no matter the passage of time, opportunities to speak with these living legends in interview or encounters in person, nothing seems to ever dilute the raw thrill and bursting chest excitement as Slash, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators take to the stage.
Launching straight into The Call Of The Wild could not be more fitting nor thrilling. As the first offering on Living The Dream, this is the perfect beginning to the show and reality sets in that they are finally here and right before us.
Halo follows as track two and immediately it is apparent that we will be encountering a mix of tracks from the Slash catalog to fuel a thoroughly amazing show.
As the fog of wonderment fades and one incapable of considering what makes this band so very special. As one gapes in amazement at the incredible skill of Slash, the tremendous vocal talent of Myles, the rhythmic bass mastery of Todd, the pounding drum excellence of Brent and Frank holding firm in phenomenally tremendous style on rhythm guitar you realise what must surely be at the heart of the pulsing and productive rock monolith. The tremendous wealth of rock experience that each band member brings to this equation must surely explain why everything they touch turns to gold. These people live, breathe and perform everything that is great about hard rock music and really, a modern-day master and living legend in Slash would settle for nothing less than the very best. That is exhaustive evident here tonight. Each element of raw talent working together as a rock collective hive of brilliance. Coincidentally and at that moment I find myself lucky enough to be near some newcomers to the Slash live in concert experience and I realise just how many have come to see the master at work for the very first time. Loud, excited, even violent exclamations of adoration for the bands’ performance, all in the moderately fruity Aussie vernacular are a joy to behold. Neither should you hold back. The assembly of rock royalty before us providing practiced, polished performance and turned up to eleven is the stuff of legend.
Long held fan favourites prompt thrilled screams of approval for an adoring crowd. This band sure know exactly how to keep a pulse of energy through a live performance to the point where even the crowd will be thoroughly spent by the finale.
I find myself contemplating the tremendous myriad of influences and collaborations that have helped forge the music presented by this awesome outfit. We’re All Gonna Die from Slash’s solo debut I leave me expecting Iggy Pop to blast onto the stage but then a sadness passes over me that Doctor Alibi from the same album will never again prompt gravelly brilliance of Lemmy Kilmister.
The thrilling hits keep rolling through like a freight…no… Nightrain! Well, its mandatory at a Slash gig anyway and it pumps the crowd up like always. A very different atmosphere to the bands’ last appearance in Melbourne at Festival Hall during Soundwave sideshows in 2015 but no less a thrilling experience. Every inch of Margaret Court arena is a writhing celebration of rock.
Todd’s backing vocals on Halo are tremendous and Slash just keeps proving with every note that he is a living guitar god whose excellence and inventiveness keeps getting better with every day that passes.
Starlight is always a significant highlight as the track that started it all for Slash and Myles. The track was written by the pair for the debut album, sung by Myles on that esteemed collection and marking the genesis of this brilliant collaboration. This is, of course, the perfect moment for illuminated iPhones and, believe it or not, some old school cigarette lighters. Ever the dedicated professional, Myles thumps his chest correcting the occasional hoarse note back into order. We later discover that he has been ill and wasn’t sure if he could perform but delighted the Melbourne audience with the reassurance that the crowd energy kept him firing. And who could ever allege that Myles is capable of a bum note. The man is an incredible vocalist and even Slash uttered: “I only play guitar, this guy fucken’ sings”. After band intros and Brent’s ‘crazy drum shit’, a bra is thrown to the stage in obvious fan appreciation for the support? Anyway, the roadie was loathed to pick it up as it was unceremoniously kicked to stage left.
As the band ignite the World Of Fire and retire from their last set track, and despite a mammoth and thoroughly captivating performance the crowd loudly demands an encore from this thrilling group.
Thankfully they oblige with a fitting encore of Avalon from World On Fire followed by the haunting and epic Anastasia from Apocalyptic Love and alas that brings about the end of another monumentally phenomenal concert of epic proportions.
The one key element that separates a show from Slash, Myles Kennedy, Todd Kearns, Frank Sidoris and Brent Fitz from any other, for me at least is the overwhelming feeling that you are aching for it to start all over again. One could watch each of these artists performing on their own for hours and still be amazed by their incredible talent but them all together is life changing. It’s a little unfair to go to a gig following this and then have those others compete for your choice of year topping show. Or lifetime favourite for that matter.
At least we have the chance to jump a Perth bound plane to see them one last time before they bless other regions of the world with their musical master. But then the wait begins. The longing for Slash, Myles and the Conspirators to return and thrill us all over again so completely with utterly brilliant performances and the most sensational of hard rock music.
The last wait was four years and tonight made every second so very worthwhile. Somehow together the group seems even more thrilling than ever before. Yet the feeling of bewildered bliss has you wondering….could they return later this year, made next or perhaps the year after because you can’t wait for their return and witness it all over again. Then you realise how few bands leave you feeling as such and hope abounds for a speedy return.
Thank you, Slash. Thank you, Myles. Todd, Brent and Frank, You have done it again. Your skill, your soaring performances and your determination to utterly thrill. The show of a lifetime and fond hard rockin’ memories abound forever. A treasured benchmark in our very existence. How many are capable of this? Thank you TEG dainty.
Review Contributed by Casper
DEVILSKIN have just recently been announced as support band for Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy) & the Conspirators on their upcoming tour of Australia. Casper recently had a great chat with Jennie Skulander about what’s in store from DEVILSKIN!
DEVILSKIN are a phenomenon in their native New Zealand, their Platinum selling debut album WE RISE entered the NZ national album charts at Number 1 and stayed in the top 40 for over 54 weeks! The band exploded onto the NZ rock scene with the infectious Little Pills and Never See The Lightsingles and was followed by the Number 1 airplay song Start A Revolution.
WE RISE was released on July 11, 2014, and went straight to the top of the charts remaining as the #1 Album and #1 Kiwi Artist Album for 3 weeks and achieving Gold sales after only 2 weeks. The album was certified PLATINUM in February 2015. In November 2014 the band released Live At The Powerstation DVD/CD. In 2017 DEVILSKIN hit Australian shores in support of Halestorm (who supported DEVILSKIN in NZ) and now the band is coming back to hit the arena stages of Australia in support of Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
DEVILSKIN replicated their debut album success by debuting their second studio album BE LIKE THE RIVERat Number 1 on the New Zealand Album charts. BLTR has subsequently achieved GOLD sales certification and they celebrated by supporting American rock legends, DISTURBED and playing in front of an 11,000 sold out crowd at Auckland’s Vector Arena. The band has also actively toured the UK, Europe and the U.S. highlighted by an appearance at Download UK in 2017.
In October 2018 DEVILSKIN supported Halestorm on 18 SOLD OUT gigs across Europe, 11 Countries, 18 cities, 18 sold out dates, driving a total of 14,000 miles! They then headlined their own UK tour 10 dates through the UK in November.
DEVILSKIN have earned a formidable reputation by earnestly demonstrating commitment to unpretentious musical values, writing songs that have depth and passion, and a relentless touring schedule. Their tactical instrumental attack is balanced by the seductive Jennie Skulander and her incredible voice that sweeps from whisper to roar, rips with power, drips with melody and captivates with sincerity.
The four-piece DEVILSKIN hail from Hamilton, New Zealand and comprise of the mesmerizing Jennie Skulander on vocals, the red bearded ‘evil twins’ Nail and Paul Martin on guitars and Nic Martin on Drums.
DEVILSKIN’s recently released a new song ENDO, which is a powerfully crafted and visceral masterpiece. Not only does it showcase vocalist Jennie Skulander’s incredible power, range and emotional depth but the lyrics are an honest and brutal narrative of her personal struggle with stage 4 endometriosis.
A poignant glimpse into the pain and distress that millions of women live with on a daily basis all over the world, the song ENDO is Jennie’s cathartic exorcism of her own personal demons. “Endo is based on my surgery for Stage 4 Endometriosis, something I was unaware I had. The lyric “Break the mass up” is about having an 11 cm cyst (Endometrioma) on my ovary removed. This disease affects so many women worldwide, I really think it’s time we talked openly about it.”
Sydney Monday 28
January – Qudos Bank Arena
Wednesday 30 January – Brisbane Convention Exhibition Centre
Melbourne Friday 1 February – Margaret Court Arena
Perth Sunday 3 February – RAC Arena
For More on DEVILSKIN
Grammy Award-winning, American rock guitarist SLASH and his band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators are thrilled to announce New Zealand rock royalty Devilskin as the support act for their January/February 2019 tour, playing Baypark Arena in Tauranga and Spark Arena, Auckland in New Zealand, and arenas throughout Australia in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
“Devilskin have conquered their home territory New Zealand. Now it’s the rest of the world’s turn to surrender” – METAL HAMMER
One of New Zealand’s most dominant live acts, Devilskin, have spent the last few months playing across 14 European countries on a sold-out tour with Halestorm, as well as headlining their own 10 date UK tour. It’s been a crazy two years since Devilskin played with Disturbed at Spark Arena in November to a full-house of 11,000 people on the release of their second album, which like their first, entered the NZ album chart at #1.
“Watch out for them conquering a continent near you soon!” – KERRANG!
Devilskin return to Australia for these prestigious arena support shows having converted a legion of new fans and hard-rocking friends all over Europe and the British Isles and their previous Australian tour in January 2017 where they performed with Halestorm on a 3-date sold out Australian tour.
Bassist and founding member of Devilskin Paul Martin says, “We are absolutely delighted that Slash has invited us to be special guests on the Australasian tour. We had so much fun on tour through Europe and we are really excited to be bringing our high powered show to our ardent Aussie and Kiwi friends. It’s going to be a great few weeks and we are all totally looking forward to catching up with Slash and crew again.”
Known for their blistering and intense live shows, watch Devilskin perform their stunning, explosive sets with Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators in January/February 2019.
The Australian Tour will support the release of Slash’s fourth solo album, Living The Dream released on Slash’s own label Snakepit Records in partnership with Sony Music Australia which debuted at #4 on the ARIA Album Chart.
Australian audiences have previously seen Slash Ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators live as part of Soundwave festival and also their own headline shows over the years. In 2017, Guns N’ Roses re-united and Slash joined Axl Rose and Duff McKagan for the ongoing “Not In This Lifetime Tour” which Billboard now ranks as the fourth-highest grossing tour of all time.
Slash has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s had 3 #2 Australian ARIA chart debuts and his first solo album, Slash (2010) is an ARIA Accredited Platinum album, while Apocalyptic Love (2012) is an ARIA Accredited Gold album.
Make sure you become part of the latest chapter in this band’s story when Slash Ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators grace a stage near you.
Tickets to Slash Ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators tour are on sale now from Ticketek.com.au
Tauranga Friday 25 January – Baypark Arena
Auckland Saturday 26 January – Spark Arena
Sydney Monday 28 January – Qudos Bank Arena
Brisbane Wednesday 30 January – Brisbane Convention Exhibition Centre
Melbourne Friday 1 February – Margaret Court Arena
Perth Sunday 3 February – RAC Arena
Review Contributed by Casper
What an interesting evening awaits at the Corner Hotel in Richmond for the first show of Halestorm’s Australian Tour. Interesting for many reasons but leading the charge is the fact that Halestorm have been eagerly awaited by those who saw them for the first time in December 2015 and those who heard about their magnificence after the fact. And the crowd here represent a 50/50 ratio if both.
Being admirers of Lzzy and Arejay back to their teen and ten-year-old beginnings respectively, we from STM were thrilled to see the level of enthusiasm awaiting Halestorm for only their second time in Melbourne.
But we are also keenly anticipating our first exposure to Devilskin playing live. Having listened to their recordings and uploads, but simultaneously hearing tales from across the ditch of ‘you haven’t heard them until you’ve seen them live’, we couldn’t wait to bear witness.
As Devilskin tuned into action, we finally had an understanding of what this exciting band were capable of. Paul Martin and Nail were as skillful and simultaneously brutal as promised from the country afar, we hereby dub “Land Of The Long Red Beard”. Relentless riffing from one side of the stage and pounding bass rhythm from the other, these rockers are as talented musically as they are animated.
Nic at the kit needs no frowns from the front, nor a paternal scanning to maintain his discipline. Being accomplished very young, Nic paves his own and the hold the band to the beat. I’m certain Paul is nothing more than proud to be playing along with his talented offspring.
And as for Jennie Skulander you may well inquire. What a dynamic delivery with a vocal capability surpassing all expectations. Dirty vocals to angelic offerings, she is all one can desire from a malevolent metal maiden, but so much more. Absolutely captivating and in perfect precision to highlight the integral components of the live show that is Devilskin. Sadly, a show that was over all too quickly. We cannot wait to see Devilskin performing live and hope they will not be strangers on the West Island. The highlights for yours truly was their performance of an obvious crowd favourite in Little Pills and a superbly performed Voices. Just astounding.
With a little adjustment and careful preparation, our ‘year and a bit’ long wait for Halestorm is over and how appreciative we are that they are back so quickly to the land of Oz.
As Lzzy took to the keyboard, a serene opener in God Bless The Beast was a welcome calm to a hot and heated venue. But with all blessed with the realisation that her voice was better than all ok. Arejay, Joe and Josh take to the stage with a warm, wailing welcome. Full steam ahead and into the Halestorm favorites of Apocalyptic, Mrs. Hyde, Love Bites and I Get Off. A dream realised to see Lzzy pounding out licks and lyrics as powerfully as ever before. And all performed just for me, surely, because she is a crowd engagement maestro. I know I wasn’t alone in feeling that sentiment. Rock Show was perfectly placed for those in the front row before small mid-set list adjustment most welcome in The Still Of The Night. Nil desperandum because we true Halestorm aficionados regularly toast the band with a Here’s To Us, but with slightly slurred vocal delivery.
A verbal description of parental support, coupled with maternal intent from Lzzy before weaving her beautiful voice through Dear Daughter. I little more Lzzy lead crowd persuasion and we are re-joined by the band for a timely rendition of I Like It Heavy. Fists to the sky and the throwing of horns brought the crowd to new heights of celebration before really testing Lzzy’s recently ill throat with I Am The Fire. In typical Halestorm fashion, Lzzy left nothing she had in reserve and gave all for an adoring audience. Mayhem was a most appropriate ending to a show and a crowd with no desire to finish. We had enjoyed the Arejay’s big stick display (no double entendre intended) along with his soaring 10-minute solo display. We enjoyed the bass brilliance of Josh who made the journey for us, probably with a longing desire to be on the home front instead watching a growing tum. We appreciate it very much, Josh. Joe Hottinger played and performed sensationally with not a lick out of place and, most remarkably, every note and every guitar highlight from each track recording, included perfectly for the live show. Very rare indeed. And our dearest Lzzy….just astonishing. How Halestorm aren’t booked for Rod Laver Arena remains a mystery to me, but if they will do us the honour yet again, there’s always next year. Thank you, Halestorm and thank you Devilskin. Performances like tonight are those difficult to bet on witnessing, but with Halestorm, and I now certain Devilskin, you’re safe in the knowledge that you’re in for a hell of a show. Travel safely dear friends.
DEVILSKIN – BE LIKE THE RIVER
Released: 11 November 2016
℗ 2016 Devilskin Ltd
Album Review Contributed by Lauren Carney
New Zealand Platinum metal band, Devilskin released their second studio album, Be Like The River in Australia on Friday, November 11th which land to the album.
In Australia it came in at #15 on the iTunes chart. It also reached the top spot at #1 with the Deluxe Version and again at #5 with the Standard in their home country of NZ. They recorded this album in Modern World Studios, Tetbury in the United Kingdom after their European Tour. 13 tracks of raw power, exploding riffs, bone chilling vocals with incredible beauty and melody that follows, bringing everything together that proves just how great this one is.
DevilSkin: A four piece band from Hamilton, New Zealand who formed in June 2010 and are a band who knows just what they want, filled with RAW determination and incredible talent. Australian fans won’t have to wait too long to see this band as they hit our east cost shores next year with Halestorm, grab tickets and see Devilskin in action doing what they do best.
Tuesday 10th January @ Corner Hotel | Melbourne
Wednesday 11th January @ Factory Theatre |
Sydney Thursday 12th January @ Triffid | Brisbane
The first track on this album is called, In Black. A great opening track that really helps set an incredible tone for the rest of this album, with heavy guitars and powerfully driven rhythms coming at you left, right and center, making this track a perfect introduction to an album of pure goodness.
Mountains is the second track on this album with a catchy beat and powerful vocals. This track is definatley one of the stand outs on this album for me, keeping you drawn in with each different level this track has to offer, it isn’t any wonder why this incredible album reached number 5 on our charts.
Pray is the 3rd track on this album. There is nothing I like more than the sweet sounds of an incredible riff at the start of a track and Pray has just that with uplifting beats to follow help carry this track even the entire way through. The vocals are incredibly strong making this track like a water dance with everyone in tune as one being the perfect example of what a good metal band is. The only other thing I can add to this track to sum up just how amazing it truly it really is WOW.
Voices in the 4th track and after the last 3 tracks we heard previously, this is one that is sure to be one of those fan favourites with a much softer intro. Jen with her beautiful powerful voice stand right out the entire way through the song which is filled with RAW emotion.
Believe in me after the last track, being one of the slower one’s, this jumps right into a faster beat which also helps this track to shine a lot more. It almost touches on being a ballad, it has the sensitivity but is always kept on the heavy side and just to back it up those screams are back bigger and even better than before.
FYI Is up next and is a one of those tracks that would be amazing to see live. Jen has that ability to make every track sound more and more powerful with her incredible vocals, and the screams in this track are so on point which only makes this one of the best on the album, not to mention the incredible riffs and beats to match, this album just keeps you wanting more from these NZ metalheads.
Bury me is the 7th song on this glorious album Nail and Paul’s work on this album is out of this world and it doesn’t fall short in this track either. If anything, I think it is safe to say it has only grown as we progress deeper into this album. The beats from those drums help to carry the track even more finishing with Jen’s powerful vocals.
House 13: I think this would have to be my favourite song on the album, partly because the name sounds cool and sounds like it’s a track that’s just come out of a horror movie, but also because those amazing riffs I can’t seem to get past and they seem to have taken me away in a far off place. With the only thing I’m holding onto being Jen’s voice.
With only 5 tracks left on this album we are left with track 9 Grave. The symphonic metal in this one is out of this world it really is one of those perfect examples of just who Devilskin are. Filled with sheer beauty and incredible powerful talent that makes us lucky we get to grace our ears with such an album.
Animal takes a few years into the past with a 70’s feel and a delicate bass intro that keeps that soft beat throughout the entire track. Bands who step away from the normal sound to bring us a work of art like this show us that it’s ok to mix it up. This track is for sure, one of those others I’d love to see played live.
If you didn’t buy the deluxe edition of this album, then I’m afraid Limbs will be your last track, but I promise you will not be let down. This Track is filled with plenty of great riffs, keyboards, dirty vocals and much more with Jens vocals on point like always.
Closer is the first of two for those of us that have the deluxe album. As this track opens, we are greeted with the most beautiful, elegant string section that I think we have heard on this album. Beautiful vocals match this track for a beautiful love song sung with nothing but pure emotion and heartfelt love the line “when you hold me that’s when I know that I am alive, there is a fire that burns inside” floods you with every emotion humanly possible and will be the track that will grab at many hearts having you run for that tissue box. This track is beautifully written in every way possible.
We are now up to that final track on this album, it has be nothing but explosions of awesomeness with each track being better and stronger with such RAW it has left a hole behind as I come to the fact it has ended
The final track is called We rise and what a track to end on. Take it all in as we hear those incredible riffs one last time and a slightly different screaming chorus than on other tracks. Before it takes a step back to a slower beat before coming back with a final few fast riffs.