SECOND RATE ANGELS - II
Review by Sloof
Second Rate Angels burst onto the scene in winter 2011, rapidly carving a path through the UK, with their intense Rock/Metal sound; wowing crowds with their high octane shows. Hailing from the north of London, the band have already landed supports with the likes of Breed 77, Zico Chain, Bull Riff Stampede and Exhumer, performing at venues including The 02 academy Islington, The Garage and Camden Underworld. I was at the latter location last year, and believe me the place, venue and location are just top notch! If you’re planning a trip to London, don’t forget to take the underground to Camden as you will love it! They performed at Bloodstock Festival 2013, and were subsequently featured with high acclaim in magazines such as Metal Hammer, Big Cheese, and Powerplay… Where is Kerrang! by the way?
Their debut EP, "The Lost Days" was released in the summer of 2014, and included the single "Dragged Out", the video for which has surpassed 10,000 hits on YouTube. With a line-up change in late 2014, new guitarist Jeremy Pringsheim, and the band have been nailing performances, and conjuring refreshing new sounds in the lead up to recording their 2016 release. The four piece are primed and stepping up to deliver their sound across the U.K and Europe.
To tell things in a short way: it’s worth the money! Opener ‘Godspeed’ has very nice guitars and vocals that are above the average! ‘2 In 24’ continues with the same passion and dedication and the pace is even increasing. Nice rhythm section and interesting vocals create a song that even deserves airplay on national Rock radio stations! It has a heavy layer but at the same time, they manage to get a melodic twist in the song, which I appreciate a lot! ‘Born Idle’ opens totally diverse with a certain atmosphere where the total-sound is important. It’s all very modest, the guitars and bass introduce us to the voice of Dave Gobran and the song is bursting out into a nice arrangement.
Second Rate Angels is a band that has a lot of potential, and I simply love their way of composing. The heaviness is present all the time, there is a lot of attention for the chorus lines and the vocals of Dave have a very good reach and sound. This is a band that needs to release a full length album as four songs are not enough to satisfy my hunger. The arrangements and sound is fresh and innovative! Now, I have an idea what this band is about, and I wonder if they are able to succeed to entertain the people for a trip of 1 hour. The 15 minutes that I just heard are a very good appetizer, but I want a whole dish! The release date for “II” is set for February 26th. 2016. Order and additional info at: http://www.secondrateangels.com/
My rating: 85 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish