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Artist: Harem Scarem
Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Frontiers Music srl.
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Review by: Madz Lenthall
Roaring out of Canada in the late 1980’s, Harem Scarem are certainly not new-comers to the world of melodic hard rock. The band took a couple of breaks during their long career, but have just released their latest album United, the second record since their comeback in 2013.
11 killer tracks, featuring the oh so distinctive voice of Harry Hess, and the signature hypnotic guitars of Pete Lesperance, this album is an awesome representation of the Harem Scarem we have grown to love.
The album opens with a bang, with the trio of United, Here Today Gone Tomorrow (reminds me of Tyketto’s Rescue Me at times) and Gravity. Each of the tracks have giant, catchy choruses, the vocal harmonies creating a real treat for the ears. Another track of great interest has to be the insanely catchy Sinking Ship, which has had great airplay on ARFM’s Steve Price Rock Show here in the UK. The song is very reminiscent of Def Leppard at times – great touch!
Hess’ impressive vocals are beautifully showcased on the ballad, One Of Life’s Mysteries, as he soars from high to low. The record features backing vocals from original drummer, Darren Smith, Jeff Scott Soto, Pete Newdeck, Jeff Dalziel and Alessandro Del Vecchio. This glorious blend of voices creates the harmonies that are woven into the whole album.
Harry Hess has worked with many other artists, so it is no surprise that along with great tracks and performances, this record sounds top notch. It’s a great production, being crystal clear and allowing the whole band to shine. For me it seems the perfect length too at just 45 minutes, making you want to listen to it over and over. United is right up there with Harem Scarem’s best work. Recommended.
Harry Hess lead vocals, guitar
Pete Lesperance lead guitar
Stan Miczek bass guitar
Darren Smith background vocals
Creighton Doane drums