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The Poodles - Metal Will Stand Tall
Band:
The Poodles
Label:
Lionheart Records
Album:
Metal Will Stand Tall
Release:
2006
Genre:
Metal
Reviewer:
Rating:
4.5 stars
Site:

Last year, the hidden gem (which I rated the best band of 2005 in my year in review) was a band out of Sweden called CrashdiËt. Since the passing of the late great Dave Lepard, I’ve been in search of this year’s undiscovered jewel, and I think I have found it.

In one word, they are amazing! The Poodles are another Swedish project fronted by Jakob Samuel, who in essence has a remarkable sound similar to Mark Slaughter. This is a band that has power in their music without overshadowing the vocals in the least.

The CD starts off with a melodic hard rock track called “Echoes from the Past” that has all the markings of the best Rick Sanford and Legs Diamond tracks you can find. Opening the door of diversity, The Poodles bounce right back with “Metal Will Stand Tall” which is an unusual mixture of Slaughter, Skid Row and Manowar. It will bring out the vessels in your neck and the screaming guitar riffs by Pontus Norgren add a higher level of excitement that just oozes success. One of the best tracks out of all the shredding tunes is “Shadows”; Norgren kicks it up a notch on this heart-beating heavy ballad and turns it into a magnificent guitar melody.

These boys are looking to make an immediate impact and are shooting for the stars. I see no reason why they shouldn’t because this album is fantastic. Do you remember the early stages of Skid Row, and how quickly they moved to the top of the charts? Well, The Poodles have that exact same electricity. Song after song, it just gets better and better. These boys can play, they can write, they have the look and the songs have big arena-style hooks. Did I mention they will be stars? There’s no way to give you a highlight song, there are just too many great tunes to be heard on “Metal Will Stand Tall.” Listen for yourself!


Band Lineup:
  • Jakob Samuel - Vocals
  • Christian Lundqvist - Drums
  • Pontus Egberg - Bass
  • Pontus Norgren - Guitar
Track Listing:
  1. Echoes From The Past
  2. Metal Will Stand Tall
  3. Night of Passion
  4. Song For You
  5. Shadows
  6. Lie To Me
  7. Rockstar
  8. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
  9. Don't Give Up On Love
  10. Number One
  11. Kingdom Of Heaven
  12. Crying  

 

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