'Here We Stand' contains eleven British hard rock tunes wrapped
in pop/radio friendly velvet paper such as bands like Bullet For
My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend and My Chemical Romance.
New Device is the band's name. The group was formed in
London in 2007 and released their debut album 'Takin' Over' the
year after. Five long years have passed and 'Here We Stand' is
the difficult follow-up album. The album do not challenge my
technical musical nerves or so, but it has big doses of positive
energy in the songs, which I find very pleasant and they also
have an extremely talented vocalist.
The album kicks my butt immediately with the brilliant and
groovy title track 'Here We Stand' with strong vocal performance
and heavy riffs. The up-tempo song 'Away From Here' has more
cheerful surface and shinier guitar chords. 'On Your Knees' is a
half progressive rock song with darker attitude than the
previous songs and is one of the better songs on the album.
They camouflage the beginning of 'Do or Die' as a peaceful and
sleepy ballad, but turning it into a blazing song with dazzling
guitars and a high energetic finish. 'Feel the Wrath' is a party
song with a high speed tempo and has a high testosterone chorus.
If I compare this album with 'Takin' over' it's hard to tell the
difference. A mix of calm and elegant rock ballads with clear
beautiful vocals, the mid-tempo progressive songs with more
aggressive singing and the high octane full-speed tracks is very
appealing even for an old conservative rock head like me. 'Save
Your Life' is another dazzling track with superb guitars and
shimmering vocals, and it is another song I have to mention.
In 'Waiting for a Deadman' they really hit the right buttons and
it is a power track in my taste. 'Wreckage of Me' is also a big
song with brilliant vocals and heavy guitars and solid support
from the rhythm section.
I found a few songs that didn't take hold on my soul or got into
my thick head, but if you already are fan of New Device or likes
modern hard rock, then this is absolutely something you need to