New Device debuts with a Blues-infused Hard Rock album that gives bands such as Guns N Roses or Aerosmith a run for their money. On vocals is Daniel Leigh, owner of a really great voice, perfect for this kind of music. He sounds a lot like Jean Beauvoir, of Crown Of Thorns fame. While I’m making an indirect reference to the line-up, Ryan Richards, of Funeral For A Friend, has lent his name and drumming skills to New Device for the recording of this album. Though don’t expect to hear the same stuff Mr Richards normally does with his main band.
These tracks are what may be termed radio-friendly but they’re clearly written by someone with a knack of writing good songs – songs that have both grit and melody. This gives the band a strong potential to grow further and wider. Upbeat songs such as ‘Never Say Never’ and ‘On Fire’ are great fun but ‘Moth To The Flame’ proves that the band can also do decent power ballads.“Takin’ Over” can hardly be described as an innovative Metal release. It’s not innovative. And it’s definitely not Metal. It’s just a dozen tracks waiting to be enjoyed.