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Chase The Ace - Are You Ready?

posted 11 Sep 2013, 12:12 by Paul Woodward
(Z Records)

Review by Woody

Are You Ready is the debut album from Israeli rockers Chase the Ace and at fifteen tracks long definitely represents value for money. These young guys are far from inexperienced with a healthy back catalogue and profile in their native homeland with albums in Hebrew. This album though is not only their debut as Chase The Ace but also their first in the English language.

Its rambunctious fun filled rock n roll which displays its late eighties hair metal influences with pride. If you’re a fan of bands like Motley Crue, Poison and Guns and Roses this album is going to be right up your street. Whilst on the whole this owes a lot to the hair metal sound, Chase The Ace do show off other influences on a few tracks, most notably a very typical British seventies style classic rock feel on ‘Rock Bottom Rock N Roll’.

Are You Ready is all about ‘FUN’ tongue in cheek, taking nothing serious and just having a good time. This collection of songs is filled with a youthful zest that just makes you want to smile and dance. The Lyric’s are pretty damn awful though, part of me thinks it may be because English is not their first language but then again thinking about it hair metal bands weren’t exactly known to be lyrical geniuses back in the day, so it’s no surprise these guys write the way they do!

That said the album closer ‘Feel Like A Fool’ see’s them buck the trend and this emotive ballad actually has some heartfelt and non-cheesy lyrics. Although I love that ballad they really shine and excel when it’s all pounding energy and hair throwing rock n roll! ‘Tapped Out’, ‘Raise Your Glass’ and ‘The Cat Is On The Loose’ are all kick ass tracks that show that and also hint that Chase The Ace could be a killer live act if these tracks have half the bounce live as they do through my stereo speakers!

For me what makes them stand out from the crowd are the awesome guitar skills of Omer Schinder who lays out some killer hooks and licks which give the album its bombastic energy. It’s nice to hear the acoustic instrumental ‘Morning Wood’ which really highlights what a talent he is. Combined with Roi Vito Peleg’s rock star swaggering vocals and raspy rock n roll howls and snarls it makes Chase The Ace a truly exciting listen.

Are You Ready does have a few filler tracks but that doesn’t distract from what an exhilarating fun time album it is when you crank it up to neighbour annoying decibel levels! Well worth checking out if you are looking for something that you don’t have to think too much about and just wanna get your rock on!

Track Listing: Are You Ready / The Cat Is On The Loose / Rock Bottom Rock N Roll / Made Out Of Ice / Change My Ways / California / Dear Deamon / Raise Your Glass / Morning Wood / Tapped Out / Burned Me Down / Bring You Back / Take Me Home / We’re Taking Over / Feel Like A Fool

Album Rating: 8/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Made Out Of Ice

Track By Track:

It all kicks off with bombastic anthem ‘Are You Ready?’ a great opening cut with a fist raising rebel yell chorus. The energetic ‘The Cat Is On The Loose’ is a hook filled rocker with a cracking guitar riff. The old time boogie rock of ‘Rock Bottom Rock N Roll’ puts me in mind of a few old school UK classic rock acts, with that loose guitar riff and Roi’s bluesy vocal rasp.

I love ‘Made Out Of Ice’ but the lyrics are horrendously bad, it’s the energy and drive of the track though that really gets under your skin with its killer guitar hooks. Ballad ‘Change My Ways’ is a bit of a grower and has Beatle’s style melodies on the chorus. ‘California’ is a swaggering rocker with a harmony driven chorus.

‘Dear Deamon’ is an energetic rocker with an insistent chorus, a slightly darker edged song than everything else on offer here. ‘Raise Your Glass’ is a song that does exactly what it says on the tin, a good old drinking song! ‘Morning Wood’ is an acoustic instrumental with some spaghetti western ambience to it; it’s a nice relaxing interlude to the brash roar of the rest of the album.

‘Tapped Out’ is a fun energetic rocker with a big guitar riff, should be a good tune live. ‘Burned Me Down’ is a driven rocker and ‘Bring You Back’ is a moody sparse ballad.

‘Take Me Home’ is a good time up-beat rocker and ‘We’re Taking Over’ is a bombastic snarling rocker. ‘Feel Like A Fool’ shows a more credible side to the band lyrically with this emotional heartfelt ballad. A real stand out track with some beautiful guitar playing it’s one that has real stuck with me.