When a discussion arises on who the current heavyweights of the melodic hard rock scene are, the list of names being bantered about cannot avoid a mention of Harem Scarem. And certainly for good reason. After a five year hiatus, in 2013 the band reunited to re-record from scratch their milestone release “Mood Swings.” Since then, Harem Scarem have consistently released high quality studio albums, with “Thirteen” and “United” being shining examples of the band showcasing their amazing trademark sound. At the same time, these albums offered a stylistic progression which makes Harem Scarem a band to point to for the evolution of the genre.
The new record, “Change The World” is a logical next step for Harem Scarem. While it isn’t a million miles from where “United” left off, it still shows a band at the top of their game. A cohesive unit still able to deliver a power-rock-packed punch, swaggering riffs, and hooks to die for. Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance without a doubt show the world that their partnership still works.
“We really only have one goal when we start working on a record and that is to try and write the best songs we can,” says Pete Lesperance, “In the beginning, Harry and I work individually on parts and than bring them together to see if we have a good starting point for some songs. I think we’ve finally found our stride (I should hope so after 30 years of being a band) and we just try to keep ourselves happy musically, but deliver something that we feel the fans will like!”
With the addition of Mike Vassos on bass, Harem Scarem are returning and ready to dominate.
1. Change The World 2. Aftershock 3. Searching For Meaning 4. The Death Of Me 5. Mother Of Invention 6. No Man’s Land 7. In The Unknown 8. Riot In My Head 9. No Me Without You 10. Fire & Gasoline 11. Swallowed By The Machine
Harry Hess: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards Pete Lesperance: Guitars Creighton Doane: Drums Mike Vassos: Bass Darren Smith: Backing Vocals
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 28 @ The Edge – Ajax Ontario (CA) May 29 @ The Red Dog – Peterborough Ontario (CA) May 31 @ The Rockpile – Toronto Ontario (CA) June 5 @ Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg (SE) June 6 @ Gruner Baum – Dessau (DE) June 7 @ Cacaofabriek – Helmond (NL) June 11 @ MS Connexion – Mannheim (DE) June 12 @ Musigburg – Aarburg (CH) Nov 29 @ Heat Festival – Ludwigsburg (DE)
Here is my list of Top 10 Melodic Rock/Metal/AOR Albums of 2017. This list does not reflect the other members of Power Of Prog or its followers. Hopefully you will discover that quality rock still exists. This is a first in a three part series of Top 10 of 2017 lists. The other two lists will be Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal.
1. Coldspell – A New World Arise
Label – Escape-music ltd. UK
Band Members Niclas Swedentorp – Lead Vocals Michael Larsson – Guitars Chris Goldsmith – Bass Perra Johansson – Drums Matti Eklund – Additional Keyboards
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