What's Up (re-release)
Anmeldt av Matt Coe(Yesterrock, 2012)
A Gothenburg, Sweden melodic hard rock group who tried to bring their music to the masses at a time in the late 80’s where heavier or image-oriented acts seemed to gain the lion’s share of fanfare and record sales. Much of this debut album evokes a feel that crosses early Europe with The Scorpions, as vocalist Roy El Hoshy seems very awkward with some of the proper English enunciation on tracks like “Fallen Angel” and “Surrender”, although the searing lead work from Lennart Widegren and Dick Bortner helps Boulevard save face musically.
Sometimes the rhythm sound has that early Hurricane meets Dokken feel on songs like the peppy “Heart Of A Stranger” or the swanky “Millions Of Faces”. Overall, “What’s Up” may have been lost in the cracks upon initial release, but I question whether it stands the test of time due to the sub-standard vocals. In melodic hard rock more than ever, beyond the songwriting the vocalist needs to be par excellence- and for Boulevard, it’s their weakest link.
Tread with cautious ears.
24.05.2013: ETERNAL OATH - Ghostlands
24.05.2013: MEAN STREAK - Trial By Fire
23.05.2013: CARDIANT - Verge
23.05.2013: MASADA - Suffer Mental Decay
22.05.2013: OPEN GRAVE - Fear
22.05.2013: LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE - Antiadore
21.05.2013: DEATH DEALER - War Master
21.05.2013: MACTÄTUS - Blot - Reissue
20.05.2013: CIRCLE OF SILENCE - The Rise of Resistance
20.05.2013: DARK MOOR - Ars Musica
19.05.2013: INQUESTED - Vulture Valley EP
19.05.2013: ZOM - Multiversal Holocaust
18.05.2013: CLAYMORDS - Scum of the Earth
18.05.2013: FREEDOM CALL - Ages of Light – 1998-2013
17.05.2013: ANCIIENTS - Heart Of Oak
17.05.2013: STARKILL - Fires Of Life
16.05.2013: ANGELS OF BABYLON - Thundergod
16.05.2013: IVANHOE - Systematrix
15.05.2013: G.O.R.E. - Stand up sexy Ladies, the Boogie band is here!
15.05.2013: INTEGRITY - Death after Death - rerelease