|Shylock - 'Walking Tall' (AOR Heaven)|
|Written by Jim Rowland|
|Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:30|
Despite the fact that melodic metal merchants Shylock have been going for over ten years now, and this new album 'Walking Tall' is their sixth, I must confess to not really being aware of them up until this point.
On listening to the album, I'm not in the least bit surprised to find out they hail from Germany, as I've never heard a band sound so much like the kings of teutonic melodic metal, Scorpions.
Shylock are apparently also well known for being big football fans in their native Germany, and they certainly hit the back of the net with the hat trick of scorchers opening the album. The anthemic title track, 'Walking Tall', kicks the album off in fine style and pretty much sets the scene for what is to follow – huge catchy choruses, punchy and crunchy riffs and classy lead guitar work.
These guys don't just have rock in their blood, it's in their DNA, according to the brilliantly titled 'Rock DNA', another scorching slice of Scorpions-esque melodic metal, and 'I Can't Wait Now' shows this band have big choruses in abundance, further illustrated by the classy 'Bridges' and the pop-metal stylings of 'Taken It Too Far'.
The album does lose a bit of steam as you get a bit further in and things begin to get a tad samey, with 'Right Now Or Never' and 'Away From Here' veering loosely in a Def Leppard direction. All in all though, if you're a fan of up-tempo, punchy melodic metal in the vein of the Scorpions, there's just about enough on 'Walking Tall' to rock you like a hurricane.