Originally written for Valkyrian Music.
As many shades as glam & sleaze music can take, one can only go too far without stepping out of character and keeping the outcome fresh at the same time. But six albums later, CRASHDÏET still nail it.
“Together Whatever” has the carefree rhythm and triumphant message of a rock anthem – the same formula they’ve used in the past with “Riot In Everyone” or “Generation Wild”, and yet sounds so state-of-the-art.
I’ve once said something about CRASHDÏET taking in the traits of the golden ages of glam rock and making them their own in the present day, and “Shine On” is the epitome of such statement – a tribute to the eighties, the electronic undertones and the defiant chanting finishing a true earworm with class.
The beginning of “Dead Crusade” is a dead ringer (no pun intended) of “Anarchy”, true, but it soon evolves to something more seductive, something you’d want to sway to instead of acting up. In fact, the melodies of this album are the richest (so far) in their discography – no, I don’t mean just the weeping of the acoustic guitar in “I Can’t Move On (Without You)” but, for instance, every catchy bit of “Darker Minds” or “We Die Hard”. The same fiery songwriting but a more elaborate, more mature result. The older, the wiser?
And speaking of wise… to say I’m not the biggest fan of STEEL PANHER is an understatement, but I acknowledge the legends they’ve become, and if the Swedes needed a somewhat-husky-sexy voice to contrast with Gabriel’s bright pitch in the pulsing “Powerline”, Michael Starr was definitely the smartest move.
Wherever Dave Lepard’s soul may be, I’m sure it’s proud.
Label: Dïet Records
Producer: A.W. Nine
- Together Whatever
- Shine On
- No Man’s Land
- Darker Minds
- Dead Crusade
- Powerline (feat. Michael Starr)
- Resurrection Of The Damned
- We Die Hard
- Shell Shock
- I Can’t Move On (Without You)