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This is a good Melodic Hard Rock album that's both enjoyable and quirky meaning it is a memorable offering.

Billed as four French guys who sold their souls to Rock 'n' Roll demons, this is the fourth album from Montpelier-based Highway. Having toured with the Michael Schenker Group, Gotthard, Crucified Barbara and Nashville Pussy, they now have a deal with an American label and have also been working with Brett Caldas-Lima, known for his work with Megadeth, therefore things seem to be cooking – having Jeff Scott Soto appear on one of the tracks cannot hurt either.

'Brotherhood' is a sing-along, chanting song with a good shredding solo and a track that will probably go over well live. The accented vocals mark it out as continental, but this never did German Metal any harm. 'Pole Dancing Song' brings to mind a European-sounding Airbourne with its driving Metal chorus as well as a bit of Angus Young boogie amid the shred.

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'Wake Up' is the track that features Soto and is more Nu-Metal in feel, although it has a traditional and slightly bluesy guitar solo, while 'Boogie Wave' has a swing to it and the feel of a holiday or drinking song. It's a varied album that ranges from straightforward Metal-like numbers such as 'Psycho-Lover', through to softer Rock 'n' Roll cuts like 'Knock It Off' and 'Separate Ways', and the odd track featuring acoustic, atmospheric touches like 'Concession Time' with good guitar throughout.

This is a good Melodic Hard Rock album that's both enjoyable and quirky (see the almost skiffle sounding 'Chemical Trip') meaning it is a memorable offering. If there's a criticism, it's that they don't have a signature sound of their own, but I certainly didn't regret the time spent getting to know its ins and outs.

Dawn Osborne

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