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W.E.T.: Earthrage
W.E.T. - Earthrage Music Review

W.E.T.: Earthrage

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

Of course, we know W.E.T. as Robert Sall (k) (the "W" from Work of Art), Erik Martensson (g,k,b,v) (the "E" from Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto (v) (the "T" from Talisman), with guitarist Magnus Henriksson and drummer Robban Back. This super group, as it were, arrives with their long awaited third album Earthrage.

W.E.T. Band Photo


Frankly, the album is everything we would expect from these talented musicians: pure AOR melodic hard rock with nuanced a metal edge at times. But that's the background of all the musicians. It's easy to say, every song here is pretty much killer with sweet melody and harmony, strong vocal arrangements, catchy refrains, killer guitar solos, and immense rhythm and groove. All these things come naturally and abundance in every arrangement. To be honest, I've never been much a fan of Jeff Scott Soto as vocalist when it comes to his solo stuff. But when he works with W.E.T., he really gels with and tunes into their sound.

At this point, the simple thing to say is, just buy the album and crank it up. You will dig it. But here's a few song highlights. For some metal-infused hard rockers listen for Watch The Fire, Dangerous, and Calling Your Name, all loaded with immense melody and groove. The AOR angle rises in the arena anthems I Don't Wanna Play That Game and The Burning Pain Of Love. The Neverending Retraceable Dream, led by a fantastic bass line, is notable example of W.E.T.'s tireless desire to deliver true rock groove in every song. A ballad comes with softer Heart Is On The Line, which thrills with a choral vocal arrangement and some killer guitar solos. Then there's the interesting Elegantly Wasted. Is it a ballad? An arena anthem? The title is enough to make you curious, and the chorus is catchy and memorable. Suffice to say, with Earthrage, W.E.T. hits another one out of the park. This is exceptional and premium AOR melodic hard rock. Get it. Quite recommended. - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

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The Bottom Line

With Earthrage, W.E.T. hits another one out of the park. This is exceptional and premium AOR melodic hard rock. Get it. Quite recommended.

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