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Archange – ‘Flashback’

posted 30 Oct 2017, 08:10 by Paul Woodward

(Mighty Music)

Review by Woody

Archange may be a new band, but these French musicians are very experienced and it shows in the classy and professional performances on their debut album ‘Flash Back’. The album title is actually quite apt as this album sounds like it stepped right out of 1986, it’s very retro and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way because I genuinely believe fans of eighties melodic hard rock will be won over by this album.

I found the songs hit me instantly and tickled all those sweet spots quickly and effectively. It may seem a little superficial and perhaps may not have longevity, but it is great party rock which will give retro melodic hard rock fans instant gratification. It would have sat very well in this genre’s heyday scene, they haven’t reinvented the wheel here, nor do I think that was there intention. It’s just really enjoyable and I can’t help but feel these songs getting under my skin and making me smile effortlessly.

There is a strong Americanised flavour to their songs and the album is chock full of rock anthems, huge choruses and infectious guitar riffs. The songs have a great energy and it’s clear to me these songs would go down insanely well in the live arena! Some of these songs definitely fit the bill for the ‘Stadium Rock’ tag.

Lyrically it can be cliched and travel down very well-worn roads, but that is not something that is unusual for this style of rock so I can’t knock them for that. Anyone who has ever studied Scorpions lyrics can see how lyrics don’t always dampen a bands appeal and there is certainly nothing here that could be accused of been that bad!

The Scorpions flavour mainly emanates from the similarity between vocalist Dan Pallas and Scorp’s warbler Klaus Meine. It’s not a carbon copy similarity but one where I feel fans of Meine’s will be drawn to these songs. There are some infectious and energetic guitar riffs from Laurent Rabatel and he provides some brash riffs and melodic solo’s that are quite exciting and pleasing!

Fans of traditional melodic hard rock will love this unashamedly eighties flavoured record. Take a touch of the Scorpions, a dash of Ratt and throw in some chunky guitar riffs and rock anthem choruses and out pops Archange – full bloodied eighties melodic hard rock!

Track Listing: Walk All Over You / Live Forever / Gimme Your Love / Rock Don’t Stop / She’s Electric / Machine Gun / Don’t Turn Your Back / The Ride / Flashback / Around The World

Album Rating: 8/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Live Forever