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Ann My Guard can be proud of their first real album.

Ann My Guard are a Female-Fronted four-piece Rock/Metal band from Hungary and 'Innocence Descent' is their first full-length release following the 'Cinderella Syndrome' EP in 2010 and 'Doll Metal' EP in 2011.

I'm reliably informed the creation process took six years and during that time a sizeable following has slowly been amassed in their home country. Enlisting the services of Gabor Vari is also something of a coup as he is regarded as the most renowned producer in Hungary and he has given the music a great big budget feel.

Composed of members Eszter Anna Baumann-Toth (vocals, bass), Krisztian Varga (guitar), Tagscherer Istvan (guitar) and Joci Vadasz (drums), AMG are a self proclaimed Doll Metal band (whatever that means) and the sound is primarily Gothic/Pop with a hint of Metal. A harder edged Paramore or Avril Lavigne would probably be a good reference but on the whole AMG have a strong identity of their own.

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'Innocence...' contains thirteen tracks but 'Enchant', 'Hollow Red' and 'HKA Bitch' are essentially short intro/bridging pieces. The mood throughout the album is slightly downbeat and if I'm honest a few of the songs are too similar in structure and pacing. Toth's vocals have an ethereal quality, on top of some crunching riffs and hard-hitting musical passages, but I'm left thinking she could push herself further to garner more distinction. 'Ivory Ballad' and 'My Lullaby' carry the greatest commercial appeal but I'm pushed to single out any tracks for individual mention.

Ann My Guard can be proud of their first real album but I can't see 'Innocence Descent' raising the band's profile too much. There is certainly enough in place to make the next release interesting and if they can build on the promise shown here, then we may be talking about something special.

Dave Bott

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