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Listeners wanting a sturdy Heavy Metal album may find this one lacking.

Quite where you've been is not apparent but you've clearly hit a spot of trouble and Revolver Avenue are here to 'Bring You Back To Life'.

Hard Rock with one eye on the Modern Metal scene, this Norwegian quartet has splashes of Span and Heaven's Basement with the heavier side of Black Stone Cherry that manifests itself in punchy, riff-heavy guitars and big gang vocals that back up Jarvid Børge Gjetøy's lead and the hugely catchy melodies and choruses.

The title track is by far the outstanding choice. Great verse, excellent bridge and a stirring chorus, and yet the problem with it is one that plagues the whole album. Each track dishes out slithers of interesting song-writing and the occasional great guitar riff but as a whole those tracks get lost in a scrapbook of ideas and half-finished thoughts. It's all mostly middle of the road, which is not always a bad thing, but RA show nothing that really stands out or grabs you by the throat. 'Bridges Burn' and 'Lost, Never Found' do a passable Puddle Of Mudd impression but it all sounds like it's been done before... and better.

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The real burst of light here is the outstanding guitar playing of Knut Roald Ugelstad; rich, with just enough showmanship behind it, his solos are sometimes breathtaking. 'This Is Your War' sizzles with his understated fret-board fire while 'Those Days' coolly aches with heartbreak.

'Bring You Back To Life' will not light up your music collection. As a broadly Metal-based collection of songs it could draw in those whom share a passing interest in the genre, but listeners wanting a sturdy Heavy Metal album may find this one lacking.

Dan Bond

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