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Stands toe to toe with anything else in the genre in terms of dynamism and song-writing.

In 2013, Adam Gontier departed Three Days Grace to be replaced initially on tour by Matt Walst who was the singer in My Darkest Days and also the brother of TDG's bassist Brad. He went on to take the position within the band permanently. MDD, who had enjoyed success on the back of mega single 'Porn Star Dancing', had already suffered the setback of losing original guitarist Sal Costa who left to form Smashing Satellites and it sparked the end for the band. Drummer Doug Oliver now provides the back beat for Cold Creek County.

Bassist Brendan McMillan and keyboard player Reid Henry – the only two remaining members – decided that there was no point in twiddling their thumbs and waiting for the band to reform and so they combined forces to start fledging Modern Rock act Never Say Die. Often projects such as this turn out to be disappointing, with a change of direction far removed from what has gone before. NSD fortunately avoids those common pitfalls to offer an album that more than stands its ground against the cream of the active Modern Rock genre.

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Joined by Dane Hartsell (guitars and vocals) and drummer Mike Langford (Age Of Days), who also produces the album and counts Evans Blue as one of his production credits, Never Say Die comes over as a cross between MDD and TDG. Henry (now vocals and guitar) sings in remarkably similar way to Walst on those songs that sound like his former outfit; namely 'Automatic', 'Outside Looking In', the fantastic ballad 'Something Left To Save' and 'Rear View Mirror'. Of the heavier material, opener 'Since You've Gone Away', 'Numb' and 'Like A Nightmare' take the plaudits for forcefulness without losing sight of what makes Active Rock tick. Although Langford's production lacks the big budget a major label afforded to MDD, it stands toe to toe with anything else in the genre in terms of dynamism and song-writing.

Mike Newdeck

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