Power of Metal.dk Review

220 Volt
Walking In Starlight
Rating
Style: Heavy Rock
Release date: 26 September, 2014
Playing time: 59:30
 


One of my first hard rock LP's I bought with my own money was my fellow countrymen in 220 Volt's debut album from 1983. The founders and original members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson still handle the guitars together with the drummer Peter Hermansson and they have recruited the strong vocalist Anders Engberg (ex-Therion, ex-Lions Share) to handle the job at the microphone. 220 Volt was founded back in 1979 and was among the top hard rock acts in Scandinavia during the middle of the 80's. The band then went on to release five albums between 1983-1988. A small reunion after the bands first split in -92 resulted in the album named 'Lethal Illusion' in 1997.

Together with Europe they managed to grab my interest with their debut albums. They are still my some of my all time favourite albums. The age of the members doesn't seem to be any problem after my spins of this new album 'Walking in Starlight'. The first half is extremely potent and they pile stiffer rock with a heavier touch than I first expected. The title track opens the album and 'Walking in Starlight' is a mid tempo track with Anders soaring vocals and very heavy guitars. Old fashion heavy metal is the label on 'System Overload' with nice groove and driven guitar riffs and a favourite of mine.

Throwback hard rock is what you get in the classic hard rocking track 'Broken Promises'. One of the best songs on the album is 'Alive' with stunning vocals and heavier drumming and razor sharp guitars. 'Blind' is also a song in the classic hard rock folder and has a solid, heavy groovy rhythm. The strong guitar fronted track 'Stranded' is one of my favourites and Anders is singing magnificent. In 'Get Me Out' the sound is harder and the guitars sharper. Sounds like an classic hard rock tune from the glory days of the 80's. does 220 volt delivering a stack of melodic hard rock tunes in 'The Waiting', 'Through the Wastelands' and 'Burning Heart', with flavors from bands like: Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Rainbow and Lion Share.

This album is packed with quite various rock hymns and 'Take a Good Look' is a bluesy rock song and 'One Good Reason' is a sleaze rock track with some slide guitars. The album ends with the calm 'Guiding Light' and 220 Volt has done a fantastic come back. A very nice disc. 

Line up:
Anders Engberg vocals
Thomas Drevin guitars
Mats Karlsson guitars
Peter Hermansson - drums


Tracklist
01. Walking in Starlight
02.
System Overload
03.
Broken Promises
04.
Alive
05.
Blind
06.
Stranded
07.
Get Me Out
08.
The Waiting
09.
Through the Wastelands
10.
Burning Heart
11.
Take a Good Look
12. One Good Reason
13. Guiding Light
Label: AOR Heaven
Distribution: AOR Heaven
Artwork rating: 88/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 21 September, 2014
Website: www.220volt.se