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Now or Never
II
Type: CD
Company: Mighty Music
Release: 2016
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 7/5/2016
Build on the success of the debut with more power and polish
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).
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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