REDRUM – Victims Of Our Circumstances
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 02-04-2013
The best way to make an impact in the melodic hard rock scene when you hail from Greece is to hire one of the stronger singers in the business- no matter where he or she lives. In the case of sextet Redrum, that means reaching out to ex-Jaded Heart/ Letter X vocalist Michael Bormann and capturing his smooth, bluesy tone and multi-octave range to front a killer set of 80’s oriented material. This second album "Victims of Our Circumstances" contains 11 songs (plus intro) that would fit quite nicely for those who miss Bon Jovi, UFO, and believe it or not, Michael’s work in Jaded Heart.
The slow, slinky bass lines from Alex Kidd give way to a thick, dual bluesy hard rock guitar-oriented arrangement as Athan Kazakis and Panos Baxevanis hone in on a classic hook for "Scream". "You Can’t Buy No Hero" resonates with a commercial sheen, the keyboard notes from Marco Grasshoff giving the arrangement an obvious Autograph meets Bon Jovi element- Michael easily capturing the love story lyrics and employing a number of panning harmonies to allure the listener with a fuller, arena-oriented sound.
Over the course of this 53 minute album you’ll get more dramatic moments, as I love the driving Whitesnake meets early Ozzy riffing for "Tear Down the Walls" as well as their killer rendition of the John Farnham song "You’re The Voice" that closes the album- very emotional and keeping with the spirit of the track.
6 years between albums, "Victims of Our Circumstances" is one of those records that both genders should enjoy and will hit many a playlist for the melodic hard rock community.