Reckless Love, Voltrage and Powerstone@Diezie's, Roeselare-26/10/12
Not only was tonight the first Sleazenation organised event after a few months of silence, it might also turn out to be the last in a line of glam and sleaze related concerts at least for the time being.
So we prepared ourselves for a night of fun in the company of Voltrage and Reckless Love. But first we had to endure Powerstone...
Powerstone are a local act who bring a mixture of classic heavy metal and Euro styled power metal. Not exactly the styles of music that get the blood of yours truly pumping but as always I try to face the challenge open minded or in this case half open minded. But what hit my ear drums during the band's time on stage was anything but pleasing. The quintet produced a lot of noise and weren't able to hold my attention for long. Some members of the crowd did like what they heard though and so after each song the band got their round of applause. I however was happy to see them leave the stage and make place for the next act on the bill.
And that act was none other then Belgium's premier sleaze rockers Voltrage. Earlier this year they still went under the name of Crazy D Nasty and played a fine gig as support to Crashdiët at Antwerp's Trix concert club. The name change hasn't brought any line-up alterations with it and song wise they still cranck out the tunes they created under their old band name. Tracks that were aired included “Booze & Blues (Love Takes Two”), “Hard To Resist”, “Rock 'N Roll Dance”, “Wrecking Balls” and a cover of the AC/DC chestnut “Whole Lotta Rosie”. Both musically and visually Voltrage harks back to the days when LA was the rock 'n roll capital of the world. Their music shows influences from AC/DC, Junkyard, Great White and a host of other hair metal kings but the act they reminded me the most of is Odin. The band had brought a bunch of hardcore followers with them, including a number of scantily clad young ladies, who reacted enthusiastically
during and after each song. Personally I was also pleased with the band's performance but I can imagine they're not everyone's cup of tea especially vocalist Rem Dust's high pitched screams could be described as an acquired taste but on the other hand they fit the music perfectly.
Closing act of tonight's bill were Finnish rockers Reckless Love whose tour in support of their second release”Animal Attraction” was on its final legs. Star of the band is no doubt singer Olli Herman who has obviously read the David Lee Roth handbook on being a great frontman with much attention. From the smile on his face to his high kicks and twirling on stage, he did his utmost best to pay tribute to Diamond Dave. But truth has to be told, Olli is a far better vocalist than mister Roth. His voice was truly in great shape.
That being said doesn't mean that the 3 other members of Reckless Love are merely a back-up band for Olli. On the contrary they are all talented musicians especially guitarist Pepe who along with mister Herman has a hand in all of the songs written by the band so far. He is also the author of a brand new track called “Push” which can be found on the band's brand new EP (which is unfortunately currently only available in the UK and the foursome's homeland). In spite of the fact that just about everyone in the audience hadn't heard this track before, it was met with cheers and rightfully so cause it sounded most excellent to these ears.
On record the band's sound borders on that fine line between pop and melodic rock with the emphasis on infectious melodies and hooks rather than on loud guitars and a thunderous rhythm section, and live they faithfully stuck to this formula.
Their set list was well balanced and included an almost equal share of tunes from both the selftitled debut and sophomore effort “Animal Attraction”. Some of the songs passed in review are “On The Radio”, “Coconuts”, “Beautiful Bomb”, “Hot”, “Animal Attraction”, “Badass” , “Romance” and “Born To Break Your Heart”.
I couldn't help but notice that part of the crowd had left the building when it was time for Reckless Love to do their thing but those who had missed out on a fine performance by an act that I would love to see again in the near future.
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