I've been doing this gig for almost ten years, and not until now have I crossed paths with Finland's Reckless Love. They've been going strong since 2001, when the New Wave of Scandinavian Sleaze Metal was beginning to reach it's first crest. However, Recklesss Love took nearly nine years to produce their first album. Now, in 2016 the deliver their fourth album, InVader, and it's pretty darn terrific.
While nobody likes to categorized or pigeon-holed, Reckless Love easily fits into classic Eighties melodic hard rock genre, of the Sunset Strip glam and sleaze variety. Actually, the like to refer to themselves as the "kings of merry metal." They're all about the party, the booze, and the chicks. Yup. It's 1987 deja vu all over again. But the Reckless Lovers write some quality rock n roll tunes. Damn catchy rock n roll tunes. Even tossing in some Eighties AOR. The songs within abound with melody, harmony, and groove. The riffs are sharp and smart, the lead solos blazing. The bass and drums form a commanding rhythm section, sweet and steady. And vocalist Olli Herman has the proper punk sneer and swagger in his delivery. Put him in a pair of sunglasses and he becomes a young David Lee Roth.
To mention just a few songs. For pure rockers, radio-friendly and arena ready, We Are The Weekend, Hands, Destiny, and Keep It Up All Night keep the groove going, the leads flying. Something with a more metal edge come with Let's Get Cracking and Bullettime, the latter song where the groove gets a jolt of speed. Speaking of that sleaze swagger, there's Pretty Boy Swagger. It some how reminds me of what the Bee Gees might have sounded like if the would have decided to stop being pussies, bail on disco, and drop into the Whiskey in 1985. Then there's a few songs that don't quiet fit the pattern. Both Scandinavian Girls and more so Child Of The Sun add some synths for some psuedo-new wave pop rock, kind like Mister Mister meets glam rock. It's probably fair to say that there's not a single bad song on this album. What's that old saying, yeah, "All killer and no filler." That basically applies to Reckless Love's InVader. Get it. Easily recommended.
It's probably fair to say that there's not a single bad song on this album. What's that old saying, yeah, "All killer and no filler." That basically applies to Reckless Love's InVader. Get it. Easily recommended.
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