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Now or Never
Company: Mighty Music
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Now or Never are a noteworthy European hybrid of mid-tier stars that found fame and minimum wage with prior acts. Kenn Jackson (Bass) and Ricky Marx (Guitars) were both in Denmark's Pretty Maids, Fabian Ranzoni (Drums) was in Swiss act Sultan and Joe Amore (Vocalist) was in the French power metal band Nightmare. Together the band formed in 2012 and released their debut, 'Now or Never' a year later. 2016 sees the group build on the success of the debut with more power and polish with the aptly titled sophomore effort 'II'. While it's easy to say this is yet another robust European platter of power metal, the album is more hard rock oriented than anything else. Cuts like "Revolution" sounds like an AOR rocker while "King for a Day" is a jagged start-stop rhythm that isn't a far cry from Jorn's solo efforts. "Feel Alive" should fuel the frenzied pantheon of moshers while "Til the End of Time" is a keyboard laden ballad that sketches prog-rock. It's all neatly packaged in glorious artwork from the talented Stan Decker (Killers, Allen-Lande, Masterplan).
Build on the success of the debut with more power and polish
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