2018 release from Massacre Records.
Johan Fahlberg – Vocals. Peter Ostros – Guitar. Masahiro Eto – Guitar. Michael Mueller – Bass. Bodo Stricker – Drums.
Artist location: Germany. Sweden.
4.5 out of 5 stars rating.
Reviewed by David.
- The Enemy.
- Set Free.
- Scream Of Anger.
- Tears Of Our World.
- One World.
- Story Of My Life.
- Coming Home.
- Conspiracy Of Science.
- Final Moment.
- Black Days.
- Flying High.
Johan Fahlberg, Peter Ostros, Masahrio Eto, Michael Mueller and Bodo Stricker, this combination of talent is behind some of the most consistent melodic metal albums we see.
Now anytime a band changes vocalists there is going to be an outcry from some folks. When a band changes not only vocalists but styles as well, then some people are just not ever going to accept it, regardless of how good the music is.
Such is the case with Jaded Heart. For years this German band was known for their strong melodic rock albums and then something happened and we found ourselves with a new singer…and a new style. Gone was the melodic rock sound we had become accustomed to since their debut in 1994 and in was melodic metal and a hardly recognizable band musically.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this band’s back catalogue and they gave us some truly excellent melodic rock over the years, but don’t miss out on what they are doing now, and have been doing since 2005!
Now if the heavier side of the music is not your thing then okay, I can understand that, but, like with fellow German rockers Bonfire, don’t make the mistake of dismissing this band simply because they sound different. Since my friend, powerhouse vocalist Johan Fahlberg, came into the fold, they are, and with the exception of 2009’s ‘Perfect Insanity’ (which I personally did not care much for), have always been since his entrance, an extremely strong force to be reckoned with in the melodic metal genre. And for the record, Fahlberg has now been with the band longer then any previous vocalist.
From their incredible debut with Fahlberg on 2005’s ‘Helluva Time’, to my personal favorite of 2012’s ‘Common Destiny’ to this new record, the band has continually proven that they can write some damn fine metal and Johan just sounds amazing on every single thing he does.
From the heavy opening of the terrific ‘Wasteland’, to my absolute favorite track in the kick ass ‘Coming Home’ (what a great chorus! and my god, I love his voice), the band, as I said earlier, shows that they are one of the most consistent melodic metal bands out there, period.
It is so great to hear Fahlberg bringing back some of those high notes, and let me tell you, he hits some ungodly ones on this one. Just take a listen to the hard hitting ‘One World’ and you will hear what I mean.
I understand the metal turn these guys took may not be a fit for everyone, but if you enjoy some melodic metal at its absolute best then look no further, Jaded Heart knows how to deliver and they prove it over and over here.
I love these guys!
If you have liked the band’s last few albums then you will not be disappointed with this one. More of the same great stuff.
Metal fans take notice, this is one for you. It’s loud, it’s heavy and it is bad ass. Basically everything you would expect from this band now. And if you like things even heavier then check out Johan’s other band Denied and their latest release, ‘Freedom Of Speech’.
‘Tears Of Our World’.