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Well worth a listen.

Formed in Munich in the year 2000, Meroe were basically built around the duo of vocalist Oliver Monroe and guitarist Alex K. They have now been augmented by bass player Peter and drummer Andy Lorenz, but neither have yet been acknowledged with a photo on the band’s website.

The band cite their sound as eighties style Heavy Rock with influences from Bon Jovi, Kiss and Van Halen, but I’m finding that there’s more of a nineties European feel – think Gotthard, Casanova and Bonfire, with the latter influence also down to the similarity of Oliver Monroe’s voice to Claus Lessmann’s, while it’s Andy K’s neat riffs and shredding solos that dominate the album throughout.

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It’s a largely up-tempo affair, with only one ballad (the piano-led ‘Kissin’ A Dream Goodbye’) that initially didn’t grab me down to the rather formulaic arrangements and lyrics on opener ‘Wild Temptation’ and ‘Let It Rock’, but once you hear the more mature sounding ‘Children Of The Innocence’, ‘Never Let You Go’ and ‘Last Days In Paradise’ you see (hear?) the album in a different light – but the Bonfire influence rears its head again on the latter, as it’s very close in style to Lessmann and Co’s ‘Under Blue Skies’, possibly too close for some.

Elsewhere though, ‘Here In My Heart’, ‘Sweet Sister’ and ‘Canadian Lady’ are more commercial sounding, while ‘Let The Eyes Do The Talking’ is a fiery rocker. In a month that is so chock-full of excellent releases, I honestly couldn’t say that you should definitely be spending your hard-earned cash on this album, but if you have a little spare left over after the more essential purchases, this is actually well worth a listen.

Ant Heeks

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