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Review: No Bros – 'Metal Marines'

Sometimes it’s the totally unknown albums that land in your lap that provide the biggest thrill. Albums that you might not have heard of, from bands that you were totally unfamiliar with. ‘Hidden gems’, I believe the correct term is. As soon as I noticed the mention of Deep Purple in the press blurb for Austrian rock band No Bros latest release, I was intrigued. A few clicks of the mouse later, I was checking them out on YouTube, and I was hooked. It turns out that No Bros have been gracing stages with their brand of guitar and hammond organ driven rock for 40 years now. T’s amazing that such a band can bypass you for that amount of time, and it proves that the internet is useful for something other than porn and cute cat videos.

No Bros make no excuses, they are heavily influenced by the guitar and hammond duelling that made Deep Purple famous, and like Purple they rely on just the one guitarist to provide the spark for the others to build upon. ‘Legends Of The Eighties’ opens the album, and sets the stall out from the off. Klaus Schubert starts to wail on guitar, before the Hammond comes in, and the band are off down a musical path inspired by Perfect Strangers era Deep Purple. Vocalist Freddy Gigele has an incredibly strong voice that echoes Ian Gillan himself, without bordering on imitation.

‘Back Again’ is shorter and punchier, with Schubert’s guitar playing pushed very much to the front. Perfect classic rock, that still sounds relevant in 2015. ‘Devil With An Angels Face’ is a crunchy modern day 4 minute slice of hard rock that features some sweet riffing, and gets the head bopping. There are some slower moments on ‘Metal Marines’, with ‘Dark Chamber’ and ‘Find Myself’ particularly impressive, but it’s when No Bros crank it up that the album really takes off. ‘Written In Fire’ is massive! The keyboard work from Andy J Brunner is stunning, and compliments Schubert’s guitar playing perfectly. This must be a monster live. ‘Dance Of The Black Tattoo’ is another gem that features some more top quality playing from Schubert, and with the average length of each song at 5 minutes it gives the band time to stretch out and flex their musical muscles.Track 9 on the album cunningly titled… ‘Song Number Nine’, is all about Brunner and the Hammond, just smouldering away in the background over an almighty jam from Schubert and the other band members.The album closes with the 6 minute ‘In The Shadow Of The Galley’,which tips it’s hat to the magical, monstrous jams that Deep Purple indulged in during the classic MK11 line up. Use the classic live album ‘Made In Japan’ as a guide, to give you an idea what this sounds like.

‘Metal Marines’ is out now through Pure Rock Records and if 60 minutes of rock in the vein of Deep Purple and Magnum floats your boat, then check the band out on

www.purerock-records.com

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Review: David Stott

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