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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Thursday 23 March 2017

One Desire - ST Album Review

One Desire – ST

One Desire formed in 2012 when drummer Ossi Sivula started gathering musicians by leading a trail of M&Ms to his flat! It was not true. A couple of few years passed writing songs, making demos with different musicians with a view to writing music that would apparently change the world. I’m sure the lads over in Wyld Stallyns will have an opinion about that!!!In 2014 they recruited Jimmy Westerlund (Good Charlotte). After trying out various singers, Jimmy suggested they give his mate Andre Linman a go, and not long after One Direction, I mean One Desire was born. Soon after bassist Jonas Kuhlberg (Di’Anno, Cain’s Offering) completed the line up

I’m not sure who comes up with the pap for the press release, but World changing it aint. I’m sure the likes of The Beatles,  Elvis and FM might, but, OD, nah! But, its not a bad debut to be honest, in fact its one of the better ones.

You can tell that the songs have been honed over a long period of time, they bellow with melody, and strong vocal arrangement. Linman’s vocals are very clean and likeable and very easy on the ears.

‘Falling Apart’ is one of the finest ballads you’ll hear all year (until Moritz and BRS release albums this year). ‘ Love Injection’ (f’narr) takes me back to 80s song titles. ‘Straight Through The Heart’ is just a cracking little song, infectious to the core. The pink, fluffiness of AOR comes from songs like ‘Turn Back Time’, ‘Hurt’, ‘Apologise’ and ‘Whenever I’m Dreaming’.

All in all, One Desire have a debut to be very proud of. The whole album just flashes by quickly. Its chock full of good songs, and they have a very bright future.

Catch them on tour in April with Eclipse!

Score 8/10

One Desire are –
Jimmy Westerlund – Guitars
André Linman – vocals
Ossi Sivula – drums
Jonas Kuhlberg – bass

Tracklisting –
Love Injection
Turn Back Time
Straight Through The Heart
Whenever I’m Dreaming
Do You Believe
Buried Alive
This Is Where The Heartbreak Begins

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