Released: 2004, Nuclear Blast / Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
In the beginning Evidence One was started just for fun by Frontlines bandleader Robby Böbel and the frontman of Domain, Carsten Lizard. Their debut from 2002 CRITICIZE THE TRUTH got really good reviews by both national and international press and before they knew it they were invited as support to the legendary Saxon on their European tour. After that tour they played at several festivals like Gods of AOR (located in England) where they were the first German band to ever play there. They also played the Earthshaker festival and the famous Wacken Open Air. At the beginning of 2004 they signed on to the brilliant label Nuclear Blast and the guy who recommended this band to Nuclear Blast was none other than the famous Matt Sinner.
Now it’s time to follow up the debut with a new album. Böbel and Lizard have brought along Hutch Bauer from Frontline on bass, Wolfgang Schimmer on second guitar and Rami Ali (Justice, Lex) on drums. From 20 new songs they picked out 10 to be featured on this album. I don’t know who’s written the music or lyrics nor where they recorded the album.
To quote the info note: “The band have succeeded where so many already have failed, starting of as a hard rock band, turning into a metal act combining melody and heaviness into one, without disappointing their fans of their first album and opening themselves for new ones”. I haven’t heard the debut so I can’t confirm the truth in that.
Böbel sure is skilled on in his work and he together with Schimmer have some really sharp guitar duels going on just like it was during the 1980’s. Lizard has a very broad vocal range and his voice fits brilliantly in this kind of music. Bauer and Ali contribute with a very stable rhythm section.
I haven't got the name of the person who produced the album, but whoever it is this person has done a terrific job. The album sounds heavy yet melodic. Lizard takes a big place in the mix and Böbel gets the chance to dazzle and amaze you with his brilliant guitarplay.
The whole album feels OK, I think. The songs are of a high standard and all the material is of a high class. Böbel and Lizard take the music to another dimension with their efforts. Altogether the music is a strong combination between heavy music and strong melodies and even the cover-work looks quite nice. If you’re into well played somewhat melodic hard rock influenced by the 80s this is definitely worth checking out. The info note calls this a “masterpiece, built around majestic guitar work, divine vocals, heaviness and melody”. That’s something I really can agree with.
Killer tracks are “Moonsigh”, “Virus In My Veins”, “Tattooed Heart”, “When The Thunder Hits The Ground” and “Anything I Need To Know”, but all the songs are really good.