Genre: Hard Rock / Heavy Metal
Metal Traveller Rating: (4/5 - Very good)
Two years have passed since The Poodles released their previous album, Performocracy, back in 2011. Tour De Force, the fifth album by The Poodles, has finally hit the stores, and that’s great news!
Catchy songs and melodies that got stuck in the head for the rest of the day ... That's what The Poodles have prepared for us!
The first tune is Misery Loves Company, and is perfect to get into the mood. It starts with some drums that let a good guitar riff in. A catchy chorus comes next and when the solo arrives, we’re already charmed by this song.
Some would say that it's been heard before, but there’s no doubt that it sounds good. The Poodles music style stands somewhere between Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, and their sense of melody is their greatest strength.
This record has no shortage in tunes that can be easily remembered. Shut Up! and Miracle are definitely the best examples, but there's also Kings & Fools, which is a hymn to sing along, in concert or at home!
40 Days and 40 Nights sounds very commercial. It is a little bit beyond the limit, almost kitsch. That said, it certainly will be a great moment during their live performances!
Leaving The Past To Pass is a beautiful ballad that includes a cello and some orchestrations. This is the kind of song on which fans show up their lighters (or cell phones?). You even can expect one or two groupies scream before fainting.
But don’t worry, there are also good traditional Heavy Metal songs, and Going Down would be the best one in this style.
Viva Democracy is a very heavy song, quite unusual for The Poodles. The music goes with the lyrics, which criticize politics.
There's also Only Just Begun, which is the darkest song of the record. Here, I think it lacks some strength and it seems that the melody of the chorus and the verse do not fit well together.
The CD version contains an interesting bonus track called En För Alla För En. With drum machines and keyboards along with electric guitars and singing in Swedish, one can be somewhat disoriented.
This is the official song of the Swedish Ice Hockey Team during the 2013 World Cup of this discipline, to be held in Stockholm.
For the Swedes, this is how they support their team. For everyone else, it reminds us that The Poodles come from the same country as ABBA.
Overall, Tour De Force is a great album full of potential "hits".
If what you want is the Heavy Metal with catchy tunes, then you've come to the right place!
The Poodles Line-up:
Jakob Samuelsson – Vocals
Henrik Bergqvist – Guitars
Pontus Egberg – Bass
Christian Lundqvist – Drums
01. Misery Loves Company
02. Shut Up!
03. Happily Ever After
04. Viva Democracy
05. Going Down
06. Leaving The Past To Pass
07. 40 Days And 40 Nights
08. Kings & Fools
Now Is The Time
Only Just Begun
En För Alla För En (Bonus Track) Black Sabbath Cover
11. Running Wild Judas Priest Cover