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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!!!
Hartmann burst on to the hard rock scene in
2005 with their well received debut album 'Out In The Cold', since then the band
have worked tirelessly releasing an impressive 6 albums consisting of 1 live
and 5 studio albums the last being 2016’s 'Shadows And Silhouettes'.When not in the studio the band were busy
building an impressive touring resume playing with the likes of
Toto,Y&Tand House Of Lords.
Jumping forward to 2018 and Hartmann are
getting ready to unleash their latest album 'Hands On The Wheel'.
In my opinion 'Hands on The Wheel' is for the
most part an excellent album but I felt that there was something missing. 'Don’t
Want Back Down' is an excellent opener
and sets the tone for the majority of the album, 'Your Best Excuse' and 'Cold As
Stone' are solid rock anthems that will have you reaching for the volume and
introducing your neighboursto the band.
'Simple Man' is an extremely well put together track and the opening actually
sent shivers down my spine. 'Last Plane Out' will transport you back in time to
the late 80’s early 90’s when poodle perms and leather trousers were all the
The next track however is where things seem to go south, 'Soulmates' is a
song that when played live will have lighters in the air but I found it
extremely dull and sleep inducing however hearing the opening of 'The Harder
They Come' soon pulled me out of the stupor, it’s the type of track that makes
you sit up and start pumping your fist in time, 'Dream World' carries on in the
same vein and will have you screaming 'Dream World' at the top of your lungs. 'I
Remember' and 'Lost In Translation' were decent enough tracks however they just don’t
belong on this album, listening to them actually made me think of Queensryche’s
Empire. 'The Sky Is Falling' is a typical power ballad with a steady build up
before the soaring vocals and would have been an excellent closer to this album
but sadly that was left to 'Heart Of Gold', just like 'Soulmates', 'Heart Of Gold' is
a lighter waving ballad but just like 'Soulmates' I found it extremely boring.
'Hands On The Wheel' gets a solid 7/10 it’s a
good album just not as good as their earlier material.