Greek melodic rock bands
haven't flooded the market, so Redrum is a rare
little rock n' roll gem in the hard rock necklace.
The German vocal powerhouse and workaholic Michael
Bormann is singing in the band and together with
Redrums Athan "Lyssa"Kazakis and Panos Baxevanis have they
create a very mixed album with different shades of melodic hard
A very well produced album and in the first real
track 'Scream' Bormann's raspy and hoarse voice
spices a quite mediocre song up, and turns it into a powerful
mid-tempo hard rock tune. Redrum is playing in the
middle of the road and doesn't have an unique sound.
'You Can't Buy No Hero' is a song with no extra
material or so, a nice guitar solo is most memorable
thing on the track. Solid rock n' roll with the safety
belt on. In the Bon Jovi similar track 'Dust In Your
Eyes', which is one of my favourite tracks on
'Victims of Our Circumstances'. Here there is more soul
and heart and a excellent performance from Michael.
The emotionally 'Empty Promises' is an medium grilled
song of an OK level. The groovy song 'Pokerface' is
not a high lightning track, so the skip button is
pressed. 'Dirty White Boy' is a Def Leppard sounding
song with similar rhythms.
'Mother I'm Coming Home' is the strongest ballad on
the album with right presence in the vocals and the
typical 80's buttery and typical musical clichés.
'Tear Down the Walls' is an OK song, but doesn't make
the ground shake or so. The tenth song on the album
'Have A Nice Day' is a hot and smooth track with a
lot of American spiciness. The title track is also a song
with many groovy rhythms and is the best song
on the album.
The album ends with a cover of the 80's icon John
Farnham's hit 'You are the Voice'. Bormann's vocal is
amazingly similar to the original vocalist, so the cover
doesn't sound very different from the original
Overall Redrum is an interesting Greek/German
project and is worth checking out for most melodic
rock fans, who likes Bormann's vocals. Anyhow, I've had a
very nice time listening to this album.
Athan "Lyssa" Kazakis - Guitars
Panos Baxevanis - Guitars
Michael Bormann - Vocals
Marco Grasshoff - Keyboards
Alex Kidd - Bass
Thanos Sarketzis - Drums