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A tight, well-mixed Hard Rock album with a definite Metal spirit.

'Desert Wolf' is a howling headlong rush of thumping riffs and screeching solos and proof that the Dutch Rock scene is indeed in good working order, in case you were wondering. Orange Outlaw, a quartet formed in 2012, has packed as much guitar into their debut album as they can manage. Some of it's ferocious, some of it is melodic, and some of it just doesn't quite fit.

Tracks like 'Point Of No Return' and 'Getting Paranoid' stand out for their chunky, earthy bass riffs and flashes of infectious guitar. The album is about pace and over-accentuated guitars from start to finish. 'Nobody Wants Me Tonight' has a light, Country-like feel to it; this band isn't afraid to lean out the lines and really add some diversity to their record. Vocalist Sven Cornelissen especially seems to suit this lilting, melodic tone, closing the track out with some style.

'Mary Jeane' adds in a touch of the sex appeal of Glam. It's buzzing with beat and the vocals are stamped with attitude in a way that doesn't shine through elsewhere. The way guitarist Dirkjan de Wit cracks out pacey fillers during the verses really fits with OO's energetic approach. The heavier tracks have a tendency to overdo the guitar work; it bleeds out over the song and the main trajectory of the track gets lost in sidling up and down the finger-board. They're at their best when they're concise and thundering, and keep it catchy.

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'To Me You're Done' epitomises the punchy riff; it's strong and focused and gives the paired down verse something to contrast with. As usual, the guitar goes wandering but it's one of the tighter tracks of the album. Equally, 'Your Game Is Killing Me' works because it's one of the few tracks on the album less than four minutes. The headlong pace might be just as fast as the others but packed into those three and a half minutes, it has so much more purpose and urgency. Even the solo has a new ferocity about it.

Overall it's a tight, well-mixed Hard Rock album with a definite Metal spirit. Sometimes it feels like Orange Outlaw has found their sound but not quite their direction, something each song seems to try and explore. Some work, some don't.

Sophie Brownlee

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