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I really quite enjoyed this album.

This CD immediately brought to mind The New Wave of British Heavy Metal that I so fondly remember from my younger days.

The band came together when school friends Walt Kosar and James Collins met at school, they spent time in various high school bands and shared their appreciation of bands like Rush and Iron Maiden. Time passed and the guys lost touch until 2008 when they tracked down one another by internet including bass player Nolan Ayers and decided to put together this CD adding new songs with old favourites.

First track ‘Curtains’ could easily have been something Praying Mantis might have released and it has a fine mix of melody and attitude; in all a winning formula.

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Anvil’s ‘March of the Crabs’ riff is stolen for ‘Boundaries’ which has more than a sniff of early Iron Maiden, but when its delivered this well you cannot help but smile to yourself. The Iron Maiden analogy continues with ‘DFM’ before we touch on the sound from the first Def Leppard record! ‘Coalition’ seems to be something of a homage to that early 80s era… and ’Blackened Walls of Freedom’ could be mistaken for Demon with some fine twin guitar work and it becomes apparent that one could just make comparisons to every band from that era as Careless seem so heavily influenced by that period that they are not capable of their own true identity. It is not until ‘The Gods Themselves’ that we have a more individualistic and convincing delivery of a song not influenced by the past.

To summarise, I really quite enjoyed this album and its approach to past glories and I have to confess that not too many acts can pull off this sound with any conviction quite as well as Careless have managed to do here.

Ray Paul

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