Rising from the ashes
- I have to admit to being pleasantly taken by surprise Read more @ rocktopia.co.uk/.
- I could to listen to over and over again without ever getting bored ... Read more.
- Welcome back! Review by Brutiful Entertainment Home Of Brutiful Metal Radio.
- After 30-plus years, Weapon (UK) returns to the scene older and wiser. Read more at Hardrockhaven.net
- A solid, mature album by a band who have grown up and taken in rock music and all it's influences, what they have created is a brilliant 'Classic Rock' album. Read more ...
- Oh my god, just come to our hands, the album "Rising From The Ashes"! The first new Weapon (Uk) in almost 34 years! Absolutely a masterpiece of Hard N' Heavy, NWOBHM. Love It! Carlos Santos Read more ...
- First listen over and I'm very impressed! There are a couple of instant classics on there right away, especially 'Ride The Mariah' and 'Alamein'. The production is fantastic, the songs are great, the band sound superb, the vocals are spot on, especially the harmonies, all in all it's a cracking melodic metal album. I guess I'm redoing my playlist for this week's show! Even the cover and packaging are great, excellent booklet too. You guys have much to be proud of with this one! Campbell Stewart 'Fatmans Rock Show.
- ..because these four guys shoot from the hip. Read more ...
- Another great, well written, review of the album. This time by Rys Miller. However there is a slight 'error' regarding the track 'Bloodsoaked Rock' It was never released as a single however we did post a video with the chorus changed to 'Swedenrock' in honour of one of Europe's biggest rock festivals. I would also like to add that it was NOT to advertise an appearance by Weapon (uk) Read more ...
- Those of us of a certain vintage are old enough to remember the NWOBHM movement when it first came about. A review from Metaltalk.
- You can't keep a good band down: issuu.com
- The sound is simply a heavy rocking awesome grittiness: musicpress.wix.com.
- From Greece: Rockmachine.
- All in all a very sound package: Truemetallives.
- Weapon UK come back cocked and loaded with a hard hitting comeback album!: Planetmosh.
- The singer has an a clear melodic voice with a nice mid range tone: Ultimate Metal Forum
- And another great review from one is from the Nov/Dec' edition of Fireworks - The Melodic Rock Magazine.
- Rich, melodic and catchy: Rockpages.
- You can't keep a good band down: Belfast Metalheads Reunited.
- Powerful, melodic, crystal-clear vocals and great backing vocals, accompanied by "dirty" guitars and an amazing solo! Read more.
- Another great review from the FFM-ROCK website:
For 34 years has it been quiet with Weapon UK, whose debut single "It's a Mad,Mad World" appeared in 1980. So far the band, after a demo in 1981, a contribution to the compilation "Set the Stage alight"published in 2003 and a further single released in 2011 hasn't quite got the long overdue debut (album) together. This has now happened!
"Rising from the Ashes" is the title of this twelve-tracker, whose opening track, "Ride the Mariah" catchily enters the ear. WEAPON UK with their unorthodox mix remind sometimes of Saracen or Praying Mantis but despite such, at times loose comparisons, have enough Independence to retain their individual character. Refreshing Rock-fodder of a melodic flavour is plentiful on the recently released debut Album. This UK based four piece does the business with crackers like "Burning Skies", fat, stomping grooves like "Wonderland" or the dynamically charged "Celebration Time" which is full of drive. Even the thought provoking, balladesque, turning emotional "Alamein" is not, in the slightest, kitschy or pretentious. The band has invested for too much of their lifeblood for that. Tracks like "Fountain of Paradise" convince with powerful riffs, cool grooves, virtuous solos and a very natural, not over-produced drum sound.
It is through screamer Danny Hynes' flexible voice and the gripping lead efforts of Jeff Summers that the material of "Rising From The Ashes" gets its appeal. A solid foundation is provided by the dependable rhythm section of Ian Sweeting behind drums and cymbals and PJ Philipps on four strings. The pleasure with which the whole band delivers its debut is obvious.
This is classic melodic hard rock, and in spite of the surprising modern clear-sound production throughout retains a good measure of punch. Committed shred-lovers amongst the NWOBHM fans will find this album less attractive. Those who can rise above this however will realise that Weapon UK, in places, even has a slight American touch and are quite capable of writing great songs that, maintained in the classical style, fulfil the criteria of the perceived self-judgement. An album one should listen to before blindly buying. 7 out of 10.
Weapon UK would like to thank Thomas Liedtke for English translation.
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