Guilty By Design

Jaded Heart

The in 1994 founded band Jaded Heart from Duisburg and Stockholm has developed itself into a German heavy metal / hard rock institution. They have toured Europe and played at many festivals. With “Guilty by Design” now the 12th studio album was released, which offers a mix of hard rock and metal again.

And already with the opener “No Reason” show the five, where to go. The song starts with twin guitar riffs and punchy drumming. Johan Fahlberg sings with a powerful, slightly rough-sounding voice. The chorus is catchy and invites you to sing along. And at the end there is a first filigree guitar solo. “Seven Gates Of Hell” is a true metal anthem that certainly will be celebrated live from the fans. Also “Remembering” is applied very anthemic, with beautiful melodies, the song moves in mid-tempo.

In “Salvation” first drums and guitars are banging from the headphones before the tempo is somewhat withdrawn while singing. Later, the melodic vocals are highlighted by double-bass. And the changes of tempo continue throughout the whole song. The guitar solo is, as with other songs, outstanding. While “No Waiting For Tomorrow” is a real headbanger there are quieter sounds to hear in “This Is The End”. In the final song of the regular CD “Torn And Scarred” Jaded Heart again rock out.

With “Guilty By Design” the German-Swedish Connection has raised the bar in the Hard Rock genre very high. Although you vainly search for a “real” ballad the album is varied from the first to the last minute and will not be boring even at repeated passes.

Official Video of “Rescue Me”: https://youtu.be/jMVhdm7Ndsg

Lineup:
Johan Fahlberg – Vocals
Peter Östros – Guitar
Michael “Muelli” Müller – Bass
Bodo Stricker – Drums
Masa Eto – Guitar

Label: Massacre Records
Out: 22.04.2016
Duration: 55:45

Track list:

  • No Reason
  • Godforsaken
  • Seven Gates Of Hell
  • Remembering
  • Rescue Me
  • Salvation
  • No Waiting For Tomorrow
  • Watching You Die
  • So Help Me God
  • Bullying Me
  • This Is The End
  • Torn And Scarred

Release date: 22-04-2016
Reviewer: Rainer Kerber
Score: 8

Rainer Kerber

This author is no longer associated with Metal On Loud Magazine.

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