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Kreek: Kreek

(Melodic) Heavy Rock
4.5/5.0

Shortly after he left English rock band Bigfoot in 2019, vocalist Antony Ellis formed a new band, namely Kreek. His new band features UK musicians Nick Clarke (guitar), Lee Andrews (bass), and Seb Sweet (drums). Ellis and Kreek's debut album reunites the artist with Frontiers Music who published Bigfoot's self-titled long player in 2017.

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Kreek finds Ellis keeping to his melodic heavy rock roots, with his fine songwriting and strong, versatile vocals. Yet, besides his range, the strength of his vocal style is in his ability to both lead and carry song melody and harmony. While the song arrangements are characterized by strong riffs and a thick rhythm section, they also abound in melody, vocal harmony, rock rhythm and groove, catchy refrains, and blistering guitar solos. Heavy yes, but Ellis' voice keeps the music solidly bound to harmony, melody, and groove.

As for the songs, the album is largely solid across the grooves with few skips or hiccups. Yet I found myself partial to those songs that were heavy, but, as mentioned previously, moved with definite rock rhythm and groove, vocal harmony, and ripping guitar solos. These would include Missiles, One Voice, Man On My Shoulder, and especially Meet Your Maker. There are some subtleties to be found. Down N Dirty is slow grooving, perhaps with a latent blues feeling underneath. Get Up moves by the tandem rhythm and groove of riffs and rhythm section. It's an upbeat tune wherein I can see the audience pumping their fists while bobbing their heads with the beat. You're Own Your Own offers a steady, heavy, again nearly blues groove with a lead guitar line lilting along throughout. The song also finds Ellis at his most soulful and passionate. At The Bottom Of Hell, the song begins with sharp riffs and guitar intro before the vocals join into promote the song melody and harmony. The same continues to move the song in a steady fashion, yet allowing it to rise with expanding rhythm and groove until the guitar solo erupts. Fine music. All in all, Kreek's debut album is quite revealing and entertaining, spot on melodic hard rock led by Antony Ellis' fine vocal talent. Very recommended. Get it.




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Kreek's debut album is quite revealing and entertaining, spot on melodic hard rock led by Antony Ellis' fine vocal talent. Very recommended. Get it.

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