Section A - ‘Wall Of Silence’ (Mausoleum Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 25 January 2016 03:20

sectionAcoverFor those unfamiliar with the name, Section A is the brainchild of Danish guitar virtuoso (and multi-instrumentalist) Torben Enevoldsen, who decided that, after two solo instrumental albums in the late 1990s, he needed to stretch his musical muscles within a band format and therefore teamed up with 220 Volt/Lion’s Share vocalist Andy Engberg and Vanden Plas drummer Andreas Lill for the release of 2003’s ‘A Seventh Sign’.


Now, 12 years and several line-up changes (the band, at least for recording purposes, now features Nicklas Sonne on vocal duties and Enevoldsen’s Acacia Avenue/Fatal Force bandmate Dennis Hansen behind the kit, with Julien Spreutels guesting on keyboards) later, the project has released its fourth album.


The result is a more than decent, solid melodic hard rock album which is more than capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with many other such offerings in this particular genre. The individual performances are highly impressive. Sonne has a beautifully melodic voice, yet is more than capable of adding that extra grunt when and where needed, while Enevoldsen is a hugely under-rated exponent of his instrument, capable of switching from soaring solos to fierce shredding and dirty crunchy staccatos quicker than many guitarists can change effects pedals. Hansen is solid and tight, while Spreutels’ adds his own sweeping, melodic interjections on guest forays to the forefront of the sound (the guitarist plays the majority of the keyboards nestling gently in the background).


The songs, in turn, are well-crafted. Enevoldsen (who also does all the writing as well as the bass work) takes no chances with the basic formulae, but instead concentrates on the solidity of the format, building atmospherics with aplomb, combining massive melodies with catchy hooks and punchy rhythms while not being afraid to unleash a fiery solo here and ease off the pedal there, resulting in a fluidity and organic feel to each track, and the album as a whole.


Section A may be essentially a solo side project by a highly talented muso who recruits additional players to bring his vision to life, but that does not prevent ‘Wall Of Silence’ sounding like an entirely homogenous entity rather than a vainglorious vanity settler: far from it.