Vega - 2010 - Kiss Of Life
1. Into The Wild
2. Kiss Of Life
3. One Of A Kind
4. Staring At The Sun
5. Too Young For Wings
8. Hearts Of Glass
9. Stay With Me
11. What It Takes
Kiss Of Life (HQ video)
Vega, featuring former Kick vocalist Nick Workman and the successful and respected songwriting partnership of Tom and James Martin (House Of Lords, Ted Poley of Danger Danger, Khymera, Sunstorm to name but a few) are about to take the Melodic Rock world by storm.
Their debut album Kiss Of Life features 12 rock songs which mix classic Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, with a pinch of U2 and Journey.
Tom and James met Nick 10 years ago when Kick was supporting Thunder on the first of their farewell tours. In the time that followed, the guys had always wanted to work with Nick, and opportunity came knocking in May 2009.
The two brothers and drummer Dan Chantrey met Nick for a second time at a UK rock festival. Conversations about movies and music finally moved on to the all important question... "When are we going to work together?".
The answer ended up being the next day, and Vega was born.
The chemistry between the guys was obvious and two brothers became four!
Vega wrote 25 songs in the coming months and chose the best for recording. No expense was spared, a top UK recording studio was booked and John Greatwood, a producer with numerous UK and European top 10 albums and singles, was on board.
Dennis Ward stepped up to the plate to put the final touches to the album, mastering it in his studio in Germany.
The disc opens with “Into The Wild”, a real upbeat driving melodic rocker which has fantastic hook-laden guitar work, insanely catchy keyboards and a huge singalong chorus. There’s a great driving guitar riff throughout the song, giving it its' fantastic energy.
“Kiss Of Life” truly sounds like a Kiss of Life to a genre in bad need of freshening up before the old guard gets too stale. It’s a rockin’ beast of a song with some soaring vocals from Nick just proving what a strong singer he is. The chorus is out of this world and is a catchy as hell singalong, and the keyboards on it are orgasmic.
“One Of A Kind” is a real smack in the face and howling wake-up call to your auditory system, telling it it’s time to move, it’s time to ROCK! Full of lovely pomp-fueled keyboards.
“Staring At The Sun” is beyond awesome, with a the delicious keyboard hook on the verses and a marvellous chorus. Drummer Dan Chantrey also shines here, giving the song some real punch.
“Too Young For Wings” is a stripped down emotive ballad with some beautiful intricate guitar work and great sweeping atmospheric keys.
“Headlights” has a bittersweet feel to it, especially in the fantastic opening guitar part. This song is an AOR classic, one of the more traditional sounding songs on the album, a song that bands like Journey would kill for.
“Hearts Of Glass”: they should have opened the album with this song, a real full force rocker with an anthemic, fist-pumping shout-it-out-loud chorus.
“Stay With Me” is another song like a modern Journey. It has an insanely beautiful and melodic chorus and again Nick’s vocals are in top form! Those keyboard flourishes are again absolutely insane and the driving guitars give the song a fantastic energy and impact.
“Wonderland” has a dark vibe to it - a great moody melodic rock masterpiece with some great guitar licks.
Power ballad “What It Takes” has some great keyboards, atmospheric and beautiful, with amazing vocals, which see Nick excelling again! There’s a killer guitar solo on here too, not to mention how lyrically great the song is!
“S.O.S” is a true melodic rock anthem with a driving up-beat, featuring a soaring singalong chorus and a monster melodic guitar solo.
A fantastic closer to quite possibly the greatest album of this year.
I can’t rant and praise this band enough, this is quite simply a stunning album, filled with infectious melodic rock goodness. 12 songs that form the anthems of the next generation of melodic rockers across the globe.
The Martin brothers have delighted the genre writing for other artists on some of the best songs of the past 5 years: Khymera, Danny Vaughn, Joe Lynn Turner’s Sunstorm, Issa, House Of Lords, Ted Poley, Los Angeles, Harry Hess’ First Signal... the list is endless.
Now it’s time for them to rock the world.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 December 2010 09:12)