Warp Drive-Something To Believe In (2011)
1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Party In The Streets
2. Something To Believe In
3. Fightin’ Boyz
4. Hearts Done Time
5. Let The Good Times Roll
6. Lay Me Down
7. Only Memories
8. Black Mama
9. We Are Our Only Hope
10. Louie’s Demise
11. Fools Of Faith (bonus track)
12. Closest Thing To Heaven (2011 version) (bonus track)
Like some of you my record collection holds a copy of “Gimme Gimme”, Warp Drive’s 1989 Link Company debut, and for some reason I get drawn to it a couple of times a year to give it a spin. Now to be honest if it hadn’t been for mister Kelv Hellrazer’s numerous positive comments on this album in the pages of Metal Forces I probably would have missed out on it.
But I’m glad I didn’t cause not only does the disc contain all the elements that make melodic hard rock such a pleasure to listen to, like killer axe work and big choruses, the Mark Woerpel led mob weren’t afraid to come up with tracks that were a bit left of the beaten path. A fine example is the debut’s opening cut “Bang The Drum”, a slow burning, seductive little number that seems like an odd choice to open an album with but at the same time makes the listener curious for what’s next.
On their newest offering, which was actually recorded in the early 90s but got shelved due to a drastic change in the musical climate, they once more use this tactic to great effect although it must be said that “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party In The Streets” is anything but a slow burner. The song (originally recorded by Axe with whom mister Woerpel has more than a passing connection) is a melodic rock monster of the highest order and the amount of energy Mark and C° have injected into it is quite amazing. What a great way to kick things into gear.
Up next is the “Something To Believe” on which the band pulls out the acoustic and slide guitar and wanders into Tangier-like territory. You know, the kind of track that would fit perfectly on the soundtrack to let’s say “Young Guns”.
A heavy kicking rhythym section drives “Fightin’ Boyz” that has a funky feeling running through it while “Hearts Done Time” along with “Only Memories” are the album’s 2 power ballads. Not the sugar coated, syrupy stuff but ballads with balls.
“Let The Good Times Roll” could well be the follow-up to Firehouse’s “Rock On The Radio” as the track has the same feel and lyrical message.
On “Lay Me Down” Warp Drive respectfully tip their hat to both Ratt and Dokken and a bit furhter down the line both Mark and Steve get the chance to display just how well they master their six string on the totally instrumental “Black Mamba” which served as the combo’s show opener for many years.
“We Are Our Only Hope” is as the booklet says a straight ahead rocker and the original album’s real final cut as “Louie’s Demise” is a compilation of vocal tracks from both CD’s and keyboard sounds used as another opener for the band’s live shows.
As a bonus we get 2 songs recorded last year by Mister Woerpel and former drummer Brian B. Reidinger but they don’t come anywhere close to matching the quality of any of the other tunes as they sound quite modern and mechanic at times.
Overall however “Something To Believe In” is a great melodic hard rock disc not only worth hearing but most definitely worth adding to your collection. It comes dressed as a fine digi pack with a booklet containing lyrics and liner notes and is blessed with an ear pleasing production job. (PS)
Last Updated (Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:44)