2007 release from Nuclear Blast.
Steve Lee – Vocals. Leo Leoni – Guitar. Freddy Scherer – Guitar. Marc Lynn – Bass. Hena Habegger – Drums, percussions.
Artist Location: Lugano, Switzerland.
4.5 out of 5 stars rating.
Reviewed by David.
- Master Of Illusion.
- Gone Too Far.
- Domino Effect.
- The Call.
- The Oscar Goes To…
- The Cruiser (Judgement Day).
- Heal Me.
- Letter To A Friend.
- Tomorrow’s Just Begun.
- Come Alive.
- Bad To The Bone.
- Where Is The Love When It’s Gone.
- Can’t Be The Real Thing (Bonus).
- Anytime, Anywhere (Bonus).
- El Traidor (Bonus).
- Lift U Up (Bonus).
- Tu Pasion (Bonus).
Swiss band Gotthard were on quite a roll when they released this album back in 2007. Having such superb albums under their belts already like 2001’s ‘Homerun’, the outstanding 2005 ‘Lipservice’ album and the phenomenal 2006 ‘Made In Switzerland’ album, which happens to be one of the best live albums ever made.
A huge band in their homeland, almost every album Gotthard has released has gone to number 1 in the Swiss album charts. Take a listen to their music and you will understand why. Songs like ‘Master Of Illusion’, ‘Gone Too Far’ and the title track, ‘Domino Effect’, get this album started right and there is no denying that these guys know how to write some catchy as hell melodies.
The album continues on strongly with one of my favorites, ‘Falling’, a beautiful ballad that is a great showcase for singer Steve Lee’s amazing voice. ‘The Call’ is an excellent mid-tempo song and leads us into three more rockers, ‘The Oscar Goes Too…’, ‘The Cruiser (Judgement Day)’ and ‘Heal Me’, before slowing it down just a small bit for another great track and another of my favorites, ‘Letter To A Friend’. Following in the same vein, ‘Tomorrow’s Just Begun’ is a fantastic track that gets us up to a terrific song, ‘Come Alive’, and right back into the rockers. ‘Bad To The Bone’ and ‘Now’ finish out the rock tracks and the album ends on another beautiful song, ‘Where Is The Love When It’s Gone’. The special edition of the album includes another five tracks that are worth the money if you find it.
Their strongest album in my opinion, though ‘Lipservice’ is a very close second, ‘Domino Effect’ is full of the band’s trademark sound of hook filled melodies, wonderful vocals and killer musicianship. There really isn’t a weak track present on this disc and as with most of the band’s albums, there are plenty of truly outstanding tracks as I have covered.
The tragic death of Steve Lee in 2010 rocked the melodic rock music world and left a massive hole in the genre. While we still miss him, the gift of his incredible voice and his music, he left behind a legacy of music that will stand the test of time. A legacy that speaks for itself of the phenomenal artist this man was. Check out the band’s catalogue of music. While there are certainly some albums that are better than others, you really can’t go wrong with any of the band’s records.
The band itself has continued onwards after Lee’s passing, procuring a new vocalist, Nic Maeder, and have released two albums with him thus far, 2012’s ‘Firebirth’ and 2014’s ‘Bang!’.
A highly recommended album, and band in general, for fans of the genre, catchy songs and outstanding music in general. There is no going wrong with this one and you owe it to yourself to check this band out if you have never heard them before.
Master Of Illusion.
Gone Too Far.
The Oscar Goes To…
Letter To A Friend.