Shotgun Alley - 2012 - Dying to survive
01 - Back In Style
02 - Youth United
03 - Run
04 - No!
05 - Closer
06 - Test Of Time
07 - Escape
08 - Gunshot
09 - Breathing
10 - Explode
Sad news !!!!!!!!!
Shotgun Alley, one of the best, new promising Melodic Rock AOR bands has parted ways.
In fact, they were more than a promise, as their two previous albums were rated - specially the self-titled debut - amongst the Top-10 of the year.
The band from New Zealand have been working in L.A. on new material for the last 6-8 months and they figure that instead of locking away all the songs, all of them should be in hands of the fans.
So as a parting gift, Shotgun Alley's new and last album "Dying To Survive" will be available (only for their website registered members) for free download, for a limited time.
This final album retains all the elements of the band but now even more Melodic Rock / AOR oriented.
"Back In Style", a tune with a feverish pulse accompanied by raging guitars and dynamic keyboards.
"Youth United" showcases the band's bold, glossy AOR-vibe and that energizing spark. Strong guitars and a juicy, harmonized sing-along chorus.
Pure Melodic Rock arrives with the bouncy "Run"
"NO!" makes you ask why this band called its quits. This is a fantastic, killer radio-ready melodic rocker with a monster rhythm and a top class chorus that H.E.A.T would have love to put out.
The album also has some beautiful power ballads like the midtempo "Closer" adorned with keys and clean guitars ala Def Leppard...
"Breathing" shows off the band's softer side with pianos and acoustic guitars.
But there's also more rocking stuff to enjoy from this great band that never (at least that's my oppinion) included a single filler in their CD's.
The fast and fiery "Escape" rocks with some scorching hot guitars, and "Gunshot" is a total pumpin' anthemic track that comes on very strong and won't let you go.
For the end we the have the groovy, semi-midtempo "Explode" with plenty of hymn-like backing vocals.
After listening to "Dying To Survive" it's easy to feel sad and disappointed that a band that had this much talent and radiated this much positive energy desided to split up ?
Statement of the band can be read at their website or facebook !!
Shotgun Alley were great, and "Dying To Survive" is a clear example of this.
A terrific melodius yet punchy collection of Melodic Rock AOR songs to die for.
We will miss you guys.
Mark Falcon - Vocals
Jimmy Wong - Keyboards
Josh Grant Betty - Bass
Bahador Borhani - Guitar
Davie Love - Guitar
Karl Woodhams - Drums