Power of Metal.dk Review

Audrey Horne
Pure Heavy
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 29 September, 2014
Playing time: 42:20

This Norwegian band originally formed in the late 2002 was under my radar until I review their latest album 'Youngblood' 2013. Since that day am I a big fan of this interesting project. Their driven classic hard rock with similarities to bands like: UFO, Molly Hatchet, Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple is obvious, but I believe Thin Lizzy is one of their biggest paragons. 'Wolf in my Heart' kicks off the album and it sounds like Led Zeppelin and Ozzy made an album together. Ultra strong guitars and powerful vocals overwhelms me instantly in the first spin of the album and 'Wolf in my Heart' is one of the strongest hard rock songs I've heard this year.

Because the vocalist Toschie sings like the young Ozzy Osbourne did in the golden 70's. This exciting side project of Ice Dale (Enslaved) and Thomas Tofthagen (Sahg) is both an massive and classy rock n roll bulldozer. Slick guitars and a steady rhythm section creates a solid foundation through the album and top tracks like 'Holy Roller', 'Volcano Girl' and 'Tales from the Crypt' are truly a stack of full blooded hard rock tunes. One of the best songs is 'Out of the City' with a big bucket of old 'Thin Lizzy' swings and very charming, catchy guitar riffs. One of the shortest ballads I've heard is their gentle song 'Diamond'. In the beginning of 'Into the Wild' they just explode with testosterone energy and deliver some classic hard rocking loops. Another shiny track is 'Gravity', which is one of the slower songs and it sounds like Ozzy is fronting Black Star Riders with Tommy Iommi on guitar.

'High and Dry' isn't a cover of Def Leppard's old hit song from the 80's. No, this sounds more like an older Iron Maiden song. Get the album 'Killers' in the head in an gentler pace, but with same amazing guitars and drumming. 'Waiting for the Night' is also a fat groovy rock tune with stunning guitar work and fantastic vocals. The closing song 'Boy Wonder' is one of the most elaborate and well-written songs on the entire album. One of my absolute favorite songs on "Pure Heavy".

The title reflects what this album contains. Pure and heavy rock n roll, which is totally timeless and yet modern at the same time. Norway is much more than fjords and cod fishing! Sure, they have Jorn Lande, Turbonegro, TNT and a pile of black metal bands, but Audrey Horne is my favorite band from Norway. A very, very nice piece of art!

Line up:
Toschie - Vocal
Ice Dale - Guitar
Thomas Tofthagen - Guitar
Kjetil Greve - Drums
Espen Lien - Bass

01. Wolf in my Heart
Holy Roller
Out of the City
Volcano Girl
Tales from the Crypt
Into the Wild
09. High and Dry
10. Waiting for the Night
11. Boy Wonder
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 9 October, 2014
Website: www.audreyhornemusic.com