Power of Metal.dk Review

Loud 'n' Clear
Playing with Thunder
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 2012
Playing time: 34:30

Sometimes we receive a little cautious mail with a small wish that if we could listen to their album a door will open into a ear fest. I was really surprised that a band from Israel had such love for the old catchy 80s century hard rock. Loud n' Clear was formed in 2003 and had a apparently a 'hit single' in 2004 (Runaway). They divided a year after and reunited in 2011 with a few changes in the line-up.

The first song 'New Solution' is a party track with splendid guitars and high pitch vocal. 'Hold on' is more in the classic hard rock theme and contains decent guitar riffs and is a rather anonymous song. The only thing that stands out is a dazzling guitar solo. In 'Rise' the guitars are stiffer and the tone heavier and the vocals are stronger. 'Without You' is a down-tempo song and is rescued by the two eminent guitarists Amir Eldor and Tommy Foxx, they are the reason why I took the time and listen to the whole song. In the next song the tempo is up and 'Poison Love' is a song in the middle of the score scale. The glam metal song 'Breathe' is another song that the two guitarists lifts from a pale song to a pretty strong track.

The have the old "hit song" Runaway as the closing track on the album and excuse me, but I've never heard the song before and is an OK track. Nowadays, I'm not sure if it would even be released as a single... They have better songs in their portfolio; 'Playing with Thunder'.

My overall impression: it is noticeable that they are a little rusty, but they have some cool seasonings that make this album worth looking for. Especially if you like strong guitar playing and catchy melodies from the sweet 80's.

Line up:
Rikki Reckless - Vocals
Amir Eldor - Guitar
Roman Chase - Bass
Tommy Foxx - Guitar
Ralph Huber - Drums

01. New Solution
Hold On
Without You
Poison Love
Runaway (Bonus Track)
Label: Independent
Distribution: Independent
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 11 March, 2013
Website: www.facebook.com/LOUDNCLEARBAND