Power of Metal.dk Review

Rise Up
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Release date: 22 February , 2013
Playing time: 49:37

This is probably the album that I longed the most for this cold winter. When some of my favourite musicians in 'Work of Art' and Esclipse together with the powerhouse vocalist in 'Talisman' Jeff Scott Soto is back with W.E.T and with their following album 'Rise Up' to the self titled album from 2009. And I am very excited and have extremely high expectations to another marvelous piece of art. Is it in parity to the previous disc??

The debut album was one of 2009's top discs in the AOR/melodic rock genre. 'Rise Up' managed to fulfil my high wishes and actually lift them even higher in the melodic rock heaven. They have planed off some of the softer AOR style from the last disc. With a stiffer and tougher guitar tone, stronger choruses and yet it is so melodic, that the hair on my arms rises! I must say that it sounds fucking magical.

A great production and a sound image, which is flawless don’t surprise me at all because Erik Mårtensson wouldn't release anything half-done. Erik Martensson (Eclipse) and Robert Säll (Work of Art) seem to have unlimited songs in their brains archives because they can conjure up these twelve songs even though they are also writing songs for their own bands. This time Soto contributes with the lyrics on the songs compared to the previous album, where Erik and Robert did all the writing. It feels as if Jeff Scott Soto is highly motivated and he pours all his heart and soul into this disc. I have listened to it several times over and over again and I can't find any that annoys me or anything at all to criticize. Even the cover is among the nicest I've seen, so this will be one of the highest ratings I've ever given an album.

If you are a fan of black, trash metal or just hate melodic rock with splendid vocals and a crystal clear production, this is absolutely nothing for you!. For me, this is the angelic music and celestial tones. AOR music in a leather package.

'Walk Away' is starting the album off and what a killer track! This is such a song Journey has been longing for and hasn't found for quite some time. There are no plans to press the skip button! Never! 'Learn to Live Again' is a bright and happy song with so much positive energy and when Jeff and Erik mix their awesome voices, it sounds just marvellous. The title song is not one of my personal favourites, but Erik is playing some amazing guitar riffs and with Jeff's strong voice, this is still a quite nice track anyway. 'Love Heals' is a melodic ballad with big emotions and Jeff has the opportunity to go all the way. A bombastic and powerful ballad with a dazzling guitar playing, which grows with every spin.

'What You Want' is a reminiscent of the big songs from the 80's groups like Styx, Night Ranger, Journey, Boston and ToTo. The catchy track 'Bad Boy' is a up-tempo song with big sing-a-long-inducing and a great guitar solo within. 'On the Run' begins with snarling riffs that quickly evolves into an melodic and very tasteful song with big, strong choruses.

'Broken Wings' starts off with a different rhythm than the earlier songs and it is a melodic gem. Track ten is the mega monster track on 'Rise Up'; 'Shot' has both the raw power and the sublime elegant finesse at the same time. Melodic as hell and with a nuclear bomb guitar solo in the middle. This is the reason why we all listen to hard rock. 'Still Believe in Us' is an atmospheric song with growing intensity and it's very powerful.

The album ends with 'Still Unbroken', driven melody and at the same time an incredibly atmospheric track that closes a disc that will get a stamp from me: 'Masterpiece'.

And the answer of my own question is; Well... It's a great follow-up album and I must admit that I can't decide which one of the discs is the best one. It depends of my personal mood; today 'Rise Up' is at the top of my list.

W.E.T Line up:
Jeff Scott Soto: Lead Vocals
Erik Mårtensson: Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocals
Robert Säll: Keyboards, Guitars
Robban Bäck: Drums
Magnus Henriksson: Guitars

01. Walk Away
Learn to Live Again
Rise Up
Love Heals
What You Want
The Moment
Bad Boy
On The Run
Broken Wings
Still Believe In Us
12. Still Unbroken
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 93/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 11 February, 2013
Website: www.facebook.com/WET Info - W E T - Rise Up