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Reckless Love – InVader

album by:
Reckless Love
Version:
Audio CD
Price:
£9.99

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Rating:
4
On February 26, 2016
Last modified:March 4, 2016

Summary:

Reckless Love's latest release 'InVader' contains anthems, ballads, salsa, jungle and a whole host of different elements. It's consistent with their 2013 album 'Spirit' and the whole spirit of Reckless Love which is fun and entertainment. Should appeal to fans of flamboyant glam rock bands like Crashdiet, Ratt and Van Halen,

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Reckless Love are a Finnish Glam Rock band who, these days, perform their own music and songs, after initially starting out as Reckless Life, a Guns N’ Roses tribute. They release their fouth album InVader via Spinefarm records on 4th March 2016. The album has been produced by Ilkka Wirtanen.

Drummer Hessu Maxx had this to say:

“Our latest album “InVader” sends a fresh breeze from Finland to all over the world in March 2016. We took our time with this album and it was worth it. ‘InVader’ is our boldest and most versatile album so far. We recorded these killer songs, we found the sound and it’s all there. There is nothing to add. We really nailed it this time. We are really looking forward to getting back on the road because that is where we belong. You’re going to see and hear this merry metal four piece even stronger than before.”

InVader is the follow up to their 2013 studio album Spirit, which I remember well as it was my very first album review see here! I actually thought this album was similar in terms of quality and style. Whilst it contains anthems, ballads, salsa, jungle and a whole host of different elements it’s fairly consistent with Spirit and the whole spirit of Reckless Love which is fun and entertainment.

Opening track We Are The Weekend has a bit of a royal fanfare start before the chugging beat leads into something with a bit of an I Love Rock n Roll by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts vibe. The fanfare leads nicely into a song which could be an anthem for Reckless Love fans and that’s Hands. With it’s jungle beat and chants of ‘Let me see your hands’ I can see this one being a popular one at live shows and I thought it had the spirit of Night On Fire from their album Spirit mixed with a bit of Duck Sauce, (chewed up by) the Big Bad Wolf a great fun track which I can imagine Olli running across the stage, and throwing a few scissor kicks to, whilst encouranging everyone to raise their hands! Monster about plastic surgery and botox, couldn’t by any stretch be called a grunge song, but some of the riffage did put me in mind of Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, add in some screaming riffs and a military drum beat and you come out with a Monster of a song!

I wasn’t too keen on Child Of The Sun it’s more like a summer pop anthem and one I’d skip. Luckily the next song Bullettime picked up tempo, with it’s soaring riffage it has a more David Lee Roth Yankee Rose vibe. I’ll stay with David Lee Roth for the next song Scandinavian Girls think of California Girls but I thought the guitar solo, about two minutes in, had a Scottish feel and could just as easily and seemlessly have been played on the bagpipes! Pretty Boy Swagger with it’s autobiographical name, adds a bit of rap into the mix at the beginning of the song. Rock It reminds me of Crashdiet’s Breaking The Chains although that may be because the lyrics include the line and ‘These are the chains that I wanna break’ and Olli did front Crashdiet for a time. Destiny put me in mind of Ratt’s Round and Round mixed with Bon Jovi’s I’ll Sleep When I’m DeadI’m taking the next two tracks out of turn Keep It Up All Night an upbeat party song, should transfer well to the stage and ends the album on a high note. I saved Let’s Get Cracking until the end as this is my favourite track with it’s MSG Armed and Ready riffage meets Prince’s (Symbol – whatever!) Let’s Go Crazy screams.

There’s nothing too deep and meaningful in the lyrics which cover such topics as the weekend, Miss Plastic Fantastic (Monster), Scandinavian Girls and with the last two songs titled Let’s Get Cracking and Keep It Up All Night! Just the thought of cracking anything with Reckless Love and them keeping anything up all night makes me feel a little giddy and faint! Ooh er!

Where Reckless Love really shine is on the stage and I’m looking forward to seeing a few of these new tracks live next month.

Highlight Track: Let’s Get Cracking

Track List:

1: We Are The Weekend
2: Hands
3: Monster
4: Child Of The Sun
5: Bullettime
6: Scandinavian Girls
7: Pretty Boy Swagger
8: Rock It
9: Destiny
10: Let’s Get Cracking
11: Keep It Up All Night

Band Members:

Olli Herman//Vocals
Pepe//Guitar
Jalle Verne//Bass
Hessu Maxx//Drums

 

On the live front, Reckless Love will be returning to the UK in March, with Spinefarm label-mates Santa Cruz guesting on all dates. After the first seven shows, the tour heads off into Europe before culminating at the end of the month at the Scala theatre in London.

UK Tour Dates:

04 March – Thekla, Bristol

05 March – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

06 March – Key Club, Leeds

07 March – O2 Academy2, Newcastle

09 March – Cathouse, Glasgow

10 March – Gorilla, Manchester

12 March – Rock City, Nottingham

31 March – Scala, London

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RecklessLove
Twitter: https://twitter.com/recklesslovecom
Website: http://www.recklesslove.com/

Reckless Love's latest release 'InVader' contains anthems, ballads, salsa, jungle and a whole host of different elements. It's consistent with their 2013 album 'Spirit' and the whole spirit of Reckless Love which is fun and entertainment. Should appeal to fans of flamboyant glam rock bands like Crashdiet, Ratt and Van Halen,

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!