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Hard Riot: The Blackened Heart

The Blackened Heart is the second album from German hard rockers and rollers Hard Riot and is a fast and furious slab of brash modern metal with enough melodic nods in the direction of the mainstream to suggest they are a band that could go on and enjoy some cross-over success. Formed back in 2006 the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Michael Gildner, guitarist Andreas Rockrohr, bassist Mario Kleindienst, and drummer Carmine Jaucci have come up with a well-crafted collection of (mostly) scorching hard rockers that draws favourable comparisons with the Southern Fried metal mash-up of Black Stone Cherry. This is particularly apparent on both 'Devil's BBQ' – complete with fiddles high in the mix– and lighters in the air ballad 'Count On Me' which provides the albums real stand out moment.

The main drawback here is the overbearing sense of familiarity that begins to creep in as the band moves through the likes of standard rock-by-numbers chuggers such as the mid-album trio of 'Not Alone', 'The Enemy Within' and 'Dirty Games', all three of which could be the fast forward filler on any Nickelback album. So there is a slight lack of consistency but nevertheless Hard Riot seem to be moving in the right direction and fans of either of the aforementioned would certainly be advised to give them a listen.

Track List:-
1. Blackout
2. Suicide Blues
3. Devil's BBQ
4. The End
5. Count On Me
6. Not Alone
7. The Enemy Within
8. Dirty Games
9. Last Goodbye
10. High Society Bitch
11. Hit The Ground

Added: July 14th 2014
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1393
Language: english

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