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The Brink: Nowhere To Run
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The Brink: Nowhere To Run

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.5/5.0

Making a name for themselves in their native England is upstart rockers The Brink. Their musical work ethic has produced two EPs and headlining shows in London, Manchester, Newcastle, among other sites around the island. Lately, in the Fall of 2018 they joined The Departed for a UK tour. Now the band returns with their first long player Nowhere To Run for the Frontiers Music label.

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Perhaps the best way to describe The Brink is classic melodic hard rock meets the enthusiasm and energy of modern alternative rock. The band begins easily from the former's foundation in melody and harmony, rhythm and groove while adding big vocal arrangements, infectious refrains, and blazing guitar work. To the latter influence, there's no mistaking the prominence and sharpness of the twin guitar riffs, the assertive, yet emotional and melodic, lead vocals, and the abundant amount of boundless enthusiasm that pushes every song along. Frankly, if you can't dig the energy and excitement that The Brink generates, you need to check yourself for a pulse.

So on to some song highlights then. Highlights because with Nowhere To Run you get a lot of tunes, 14 songs with one bonus track clocking at nearly 60 minutes. You'll find the boundless Brink energy with sharp guitar rockers like Little Janie, Break These Chains, Don't Count Me Out with its brisk guitar intro, and Now Way Back. While most songs hit that radio friendly three to four minute range, you'll find The Brink ripping it up with the fast and wiry tune, Said And Done. Some more dialed back AOR temperament comes with Never Again and Nothing To Fear, yet that alt rock freshness still rises in both. Ballads both assertive and emotional arrive with Wish and Save Goodbye, where the latter gets a softer acoustic turn in the bonus track. All in all, The Brink delivers a solid album of melodic hard rock in a modern alt rock wrapper. Recommended.


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With Nowhere To Run, The Brink delivers a solid album of melodic hard rock in a modern alt rock wrapper. Recommended.

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