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Love And War: Edge Of The World
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Love And War: Edge Of The World

Melodic Heavy Metal Rock

While Houston's Love And War was formed in 2000, the roots of the band go back even further. Guitarist John Adams and vocalist Jeff Vandenberghe have been friends and songwriting partners since 1982 and their band Lestat. When they gathered to start writing again, the songs they created encouraged them to form a new band, Love And War, which also features drummer Donnie Bragg and bassist Ray Soliz. They dropped their debut album, Up The Annie, in 2012. Eight years later, Love And War returns with their second long player, Edge Of The World.

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Now these fellows are no youngsters, and the context of their musical influences and experience dates nearly 40 years ago. So you kinda know what you're going to get. Love And War delivers classic Eighties melodic hard rock, with a definite metal edge, and powered by roaring riffs, feisty solos, pounding drums, rhythmic bass, and assertive, yet clean, vocals.

As for the tunes, Edge Of The World is a rather well-rounded album. You'll hear some fast paced, and catchy, heavy rockers with Start Believing (a favorite), We All Fall Down, Edge Of The World, and Psycho Ride, all of which have Love And War's trademark tough riffage and heavy drumming. With Strange Kind Of Medicine, the band drops in some Texas down and dirty groove, complete with slide guitar (or perhaps a Dobro) and harmonica. Other songs like Final Destination and South Side Johnny seemed simply hard and heavy, without reaching the catchy rock rhythm and groove of something like Start Believing. They're fine, but I couldn't connect with them. Nevertheless, for classic metal-fused melodic hard rock, Love And War's Edge Of The World delivers the goods, and fans of the same should get this album. Recommended.

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For classic metal-fused melodic hard rock, Love And War's Edge Of The World delivers the goods, and fans of the same should get this album. Recommended.

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