Racing Mars - 'Measure Of Decay' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     March 04, 2018    
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There is enough drive and energy present to impress all Melodic Rock lovers.

Racing Mars hail from the SW of England and were formed in 2014, although guitarist Andy Newey and bass player Chris Finn started playing and writing together in Bristol-based Cyan during the mid-nineties. Each member of the band cites different styles of musical interests and their influences are varied; they encompass Goth/Sleaze Rock from the likes of The Cult, through to NWOBHM bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. The album contains ten tracks of driving Melodic Rock with some nice riffing and lead guitar.

The album opens with 'Rise And Fall' which starts with a simple lone guitar riff that slowly builds and introduces the core song melody before the drums break in for the main body of the song. There's a real U2 feel with the sound and structure of the song. 'This Ain't Hollywood' follows and keeps the momentum going with its very simple yet annoyingly catchy guitar refrain that I still find myself humming or whistling. The vocals sound very Michael Stipe-like which give the song a REM vibe and it's a similar case with 'Through The Veil'. 'Masquerade' reminds me very much of Diamond Head with some good bass work going on in the background.

'Truth' opens with a Mick Jones type riff and has a nice bass part in the middle instrumental section. 'Tomorrow's Moon' slows things down a bit through the opening section, but builds up to the chorus with another simple but catchy guitar refrain – I can see the crowd joining in during live shows. 'Passages' and 'Gold Against The Grey' are both good Melodic Rockers. 'Kings And Queens' opens with a driving bass intro and returns to that U2-ish sound, while closer 'Brooklyn Road' is a mid-paced rocker that reminds me of The Hooters.

This is a release that should appeal most to fans of bands like The Cult, The Alarm, U2 and REM, but there is enough drive and energy present to impress all Melodic Rock lovers. My highlights for this release would be '...Hollywood' and '...Fall' as both songs fit well with the vocals, got my feet tapping and had me reaching for the replay button.

Chris Mee

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