Now that the new year is well and truly underway and all the turkey has been scoffed, it’s as good a time as any to top up the biscuit cheese with last year’s “Spirit” from Finland’s answer to Poison and Tigertailz, Reckless Love.
From opening track ‘Night on Fire’, there is no question over what you are listening to – you want deep meaningful lyrics? Crazy time signature changes? Big fat chugging riffs? I strongly advise going to listen to something else then, as Reckless Love like to plug in, turn it up and party like it’s 1999. That’s not to say there’s nothing to like here, the boys are clearly having fun and I can only imagine the shit eating grins the band cause at festivals, but maybe we should limit it to the 30 – 40 minute sets.
‘I Love Heavy Metal’ is both the greatest and worst song on the album, with its chant-tastic chorus of those simple 4 words, but at the end of the day is essentially a list, albeit one set to music.
‘Favourite Flavor’ (sic) sees Olli Herman wax lyrical about he just wants to eat you, eat you, eat you, what with you being his flavour of the week and all, while ‘Edge of Our Dreams’ wouldn’t sound out of place on a Def Leppard album.
It isn’t until ‘Metal Ass’ though, that you get any indication the band can actually play, with some great footwork by drummer Hessu Maxx, all good will though goes straight out the window with piss poor power ballad ‘Hot Rain’.
There are other bands doing this same genre a little better, if I had to pick between the two I genuinely think I would rather listen to Black Veil Brides, at least Andy Biersack actually appears to have something to say, but if you like your glam with no shame then you should give this record a spin, if nothing else it is the rock and roll equivalent of a gateway drug for kids that haven’t got into rock yet.