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D-Wall... admit it, it ain't the snappiest band name you've ever heard, but that's where the negativity ends. A Female-Fronted outfit from Hannover, Germany, they formed in 1999 and released a demo shortly after, but it wasn't until 2007 that their debut album 'Godfood' surfaced.

Another Def Leppard-ish period of time has passed before this sophomore release 'Black Tree' has arrived. The debut featured a male vocalist but for this release current singer Sandra Barclay, who originally joined in 2005 as a backing singer, has been elevated to lead vocalist when their original singer left in 2010.

While being a thoroughly contemporary-sounding Hard Rock/Metal outfit with some big melodies to boot, there are definite similarities to some of the more Classic artists. Apparently they have previously included covers by the likes of Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and Iron Maiden in their live sets, though it's only the latter's influence that can really be heard, especially during in the rousing opener 'Stronger' and the galloping 'Caught In The Flames'.

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Though decidedly riff-driven, the likes of 'Trapped Underground', 'Skin On Skin', 'Grab The Lead' and 'F.O.C.' represent where their strengths lie thanks to the melodies, though several spins are certainly required before they really filter through. The title track 'Black Tree' is a modern take on Grunge, while the acoustic-based ballad 'Killing Time' demonstrates D-Wall's softer side.

My quest for a Female-Fronted Contemporary Rock band that can attempt to rival the mighty Halestorm still goes on, but 'Black Tree' is still worth a listen.

Ant Heeks

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