|Meroe - 'Sick Society' (Record Jet)|
|Written by Ross Welford|
|Monday, 25 February 2013 04:00|
If you love '80s rock with a bit of '70s thrown on for good measure then Meroe will be right up your street as they've plundered every band going: Scorpions crossed with Journey, mixed with Rainbow and Bon Jovi.....you get the picture.
Having said that, 'Wild Temptation' starts us off with the band sounding like 'Smokin' In The Boys Room' Crue...and that happens a lot during the listening of this album - faint whiffs of "this reminds me of such and such a song."
'Children Of The Innocence' comes on like Dio-lite, 'Let It Roll' could be early Bon Jovi again with a Scorpions sting in the tail and then we get to 'Last Days In Paradise' where they seemed to have taken four Iron Maiden songs and blended them into one which results in a surprisingly decent effort. 'Never Let You Go' also has a slight Maiden slant but is probably more akin to Scorpions for the majority of the song.
'Here In My Heart' goes pure '80s soft lighting and mellow, the likes of which Journey, Survivor or even Starship were churning out back in the early eighties. Add to all of this a whiff of Van Halen and Randy Rhoads style guitar work and you get the feel of what this Munich based band are all about.
Original? No. Heard better? Yes. Will you turn it off? Doubtful...and that is their big asset. It may be average but it's a good average of decent songs and of a great music past.