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SACRED HEART Lay It On The Line (2003)

UK based Sacred Heart have just released this, their self-financed debut album and it carries on in the fine tradition of UK melodic hard rock bands like FM, post-1987 Whitesnake, Pride, Lost Weekend and Magnum.

Vocalist/guitarist Paul Stead sure knows how to pen a catchy riff as can be heard on any of the rockers on here. Take ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Away’ with its massive chorus (tinge of Kiss in there) and awesome guitar riff underpinned by some fine drumming. With a bigger production budget this tune, along with the title track, could get some serious airplay.

The good thing about Sacred Heart is that you can hear lots of influences but the band manage to create their own sound and style as well. For that ‘lighter in the air’ power ballad moment you have ‘The Last Goodbye’ - easily as good as any ballad penned by, say, Ten. For a curveball the band close the album with the acoustic ‘Forever’ - a fine tune and one which appeal to Magnum fans.

Good to see a band that isn’t afraid to stick musically by what they love, even if it isn’t flavour of the month. Live the band can cut it as well and backed with these songs could see them get the success they deserve. Definitely a band worth checking out and keeping an eye on how they develop in the future.


Review by Jason Ritchie



***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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