Audrey Horne, Youngblood, 2013

Audrey Horne - YoungbloodYES! A new Audrey Horne album is always such  a pleasure. Find two other albums here on the blog as well. The Norwegians around singer Toschie never fall short of delivering a damn fine slab of hard rocking riffs, melodic choruses and grooves that keep your neck muscles in shape. And this time it seems they are even more focused on delivering hard hitting songs straight to our home stereo. That is, album openers Redemption Blues and Straight Into Your Grave must rank among the most forward rocking songs they have ever done. And I like it! But in the case of Audrey Horne, that is pretty much a given.

Title track Youngblood has a great chorus, but the way it is somewhat reminiscent of Thin Lizzy is what brings the greatest surprise. It is in no way some carbon copy, but what a song! There Goes A Lady on the other hand, seems more influenced by Blackmore´s guitar wizardry. Keyboards are there, but mostly in the background. Although in Show And Tell they even have a solo spot. Sometimes the hammond pops up a bit more, adding that extra sizzle.

Another thing that is worth mentioning is the booklet. On one side it looks a bit like a B-movie poster for some horror movie. The side with the lyrics has some extra drawings and features the band members. Really cool! Such a great band deserves the biggest possible audience. So be sure to go check them out!

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Audrey Horne, Same, 2010

audrey horne - stThis is the third album by hard rocking outfit Audrey Horne. Earlier I reviewed their debut here. Must dig out their second as well, as that is also a clear winner…
They claim this is their best to date and I tend to agree. Though their second is a hard one to beat.

Because of a more diverse sound (besides organ, now also mellotron peeps through), even more melody and more change of tempo between songs, I think this always important third release is the winner by some points.

If you heard the band before, you already know what to do. For those who are unfamiliar with Audrey Horne´s music, let me try to paint you a picture: this is hard rock with guts, but highly melodic as well. In fact most songs have a haunting quality that is very hard to resist. It´s got groove in abundance.
The lead vocals are cleverly accompanied by backing vocals thus adding to the melodic impressions. The vocals are a strong force, though not necessarily sounding typical hard rock, but more alternative instead. As this sets them a little apart, I think it is a bonus!
Another welcome feature is the use of Hammond to colour the sound. People who read my reviews regularly know that is a point scorer.
And last but not least, their songs are vary varied, they do not shy away from a little trickery here or there, so are able to keep things fresh.
So if hard rock does it for you, buy this! Yeah, that simple.

Personal play tips: too hard to choose.

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Audrey Horne, No Hay Banda, 2004

Audrey Horne - No Hay BandaThis is the second disk I bought from this band, but it is acuallty their debut release. As I was blown away by their follow up, I was very curious to find out how I would like this CD.

Put simply, it is very recognizable the same band. But after a few spins I feel this is a somewhat lesser album. Just minor mind you! The reason for this is hard to explain. I feel it is mostly because the vocals sound less clear on this album.

Nevertheless, all the trademarks that made me like ” Le Fol” are present here: loud guitars, melodic vocals with a haunting quality, groove and especially, the terrific use of keyboards. A lot of strings, mellotron (like) and organ here. Jummie!

I feel the kind of music this band makes is timeless. I mean, it is heavy music, with sometimes a lot of agression. But because of the melodies it never gets old. The clever use of vocal harmonics only adds to this. My winamp player has a hard time labelling this: post grunge alternative? Dunno, but I like it! I also bought their recent output, so watch out for that in a few weeks!

Personal play tips: Deathhorse, Blackhearted Visions, Bleed.

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