SACRED HEART Lay It On The Line (2003)
UK based Sacred Heart have just released this, their self-financed debut
album and it carries on in the fine tradition of UK melodic hard rock bands
like FM, post-1987 Whitesnake, Pride, Lost Weekend and Magnum.
Vocalist/guitarist Paul Stead sure knows how to pen a catchy riff as can be
heard on any of the rockers on here. Take ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Away’ with its
massive chorus (tinge of Kiss in there) and awesome guitar riff underpinned
by some fine drumming. With a bigger production budget this tune, along with
the title track, could get some serious airplay.
The good thing about Sacred Heart is that you can hear lots of influences but the band manage to create
their own sound and style as well. For that ‘lighter in the air’ power
ballad moment you have ‘The Last Goodbye’ - easily as good as any ballad
penned by, say, Ten. For a curveball the band close the album with the
acoustic ‘Forever’ - a fine tune and one which appeal to Magnum fans.
Good to see a band that isn’t afraid to stick musically by what they
love, even if it isn’t flavour of the month. Live the band can cut it as
well and backed with these songs could see them get the success they
deserve. Definitely a band worth checking out and keeping an eye on how they
develop in the future.
Review by Jason Ritchie