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Metal Will Stand Tall
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The Poodles is a new band consisting of a bunch of familiar and experienced musicians like Jacob (Talisman, The Ring, Midnight Sun etc), Kicken (Raw, Peter and The Chiefs), Pontus (Great King Rat, Talisman, The Ring, Zan Clan etc), and Pontus (Lion’s Share, Zan Clan etc). The album was released in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />
Even if the album has its heavier and darker moments, I’d say that the main part of METAL WILL STAND TALL is a feast of light melodic hard rock and melodic rock with keyboards used in moderation. Therefore, no real metal is on this album so the title is somewhat misleading. The only thing I have to object against is the many musical styles the album has; it’s a very scattered album music-wise, and it’s a little hard to figure out to which area of rock/metal fan this album appeals.
The 12 tracks on the album were written by Tommy Denander, Matti Alfonzetti, Marcel Jacob, and Jonas Reingold. There are two covers included as well: the Ultravox cover “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” and the re-arranged song “Metal Will Stand Tall” that Jacob Samuel originally sang with his former act Midnight Sun. Because of the strong songwriters, the material is extremely solid. Jacob Samuel is an excellent singer and his voice certainly fits well with this kind of music. The musicians are the cream of the Swedish music elite crop, and they sure know how to handle their instruments.
My absolute favorite tracks are “Echoes from the Past”, “Metal Will Stand Tall”, “Lie to Me”, “Don’t Give Up on Love”, “Number One”, and “
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Overall, I do like this album, but it would be nice to hear a little harder and rawer stuff from The Poodles on their next album. Next time it would be nice if the band writes their material on their own, because I know everyone in the band can write good music.
Jacob Samuel – lead vocals
Kicken – drums
More Info about the Band
Echoes from The Past
Metal Will Stand Tall
Night of Passion
Song for You
Lie To Me
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Don’t Give Up On Love