Gun Machine - 'Balls To The Wall'

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Gun Machine - 'Balls To The Wall'

There is a hell of a lot of potential in Gun Machine and they could become a really strong Hard Rock band.

After my first play through of the debut album from Gun Machine, I actually thought they were German, as there is some distinct Germanic, eighties Metal/Hard Rock influences in their music. Therefore, I was a little surprised to find out they are actually from Northern Spain. There are a few sounds and styles going on, but this is essentially a Hard Rock album. However, under the hood there are some flashes of Prog, traditional Classic Rock and even some NWOBHM, most notably in the heavy and, at times, fast-paced rhythm section.

I've found 'Balls To The Wall' a hard album to review because it's okay, a reasonably solid Hard Rock album, but it doesn't generate any strong feelings in me, positively or indeed negatively. These songs just don't make a big enough impression to make me want to listen to them again and again and although listening to the album has been pleasant enough, I can't see me listening to it now I've finished reviewing it.

Opener 'Bad Memories' kicks things off quite well and is quite promising, but it just doesn't kick in afterwards. There just aren't enough hooks or memorable choruses to help make the songs and the album "pop" or excite me. The dilemma is the songs aren't bad, I've heard far worse, but they just don't stick with me making this album at best just "alright". There are elements I like to what GM do; they are not afraid to mess about with their song structures and styles and they aren't afraid to throw in splashes of smooth melody occasionally. There is a lot of potential to what I'm hearing, and a production job that most bands would scream blue murder for really helps highlight what a good band with the right songs they could become. You can't knock the musician's abilities, as there's some great musicianship on show here. Vocalist Azpiroz has a great tone with nice bit of underlying power, with the right lyrics and melody it's a voice that could easily emote strongly.

They are already working on the follow-up album and I'll be really keen to hear and see if the bands song-writing has improved because there is a hell of a lot of potential in Gun Machine and they could become a really strong Hard Rock band.

Paul Woodward

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