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An inventive and interesting album, especially suited to fans of Symphonic Rock and perhaps even Power Metal.

'Degen' is an album brought to you by the guitarist of German Rock band, Three Wishes, featuring vocalist Sammy Barry, of the same band. Both musicians have their own independent projects, and this album sees Barry bring some growling oomph to Degen's playful guitar style.

Sound-wise, the album is quite similar to TW, though makes more use of Symphonic-style strings and is generally a little heavier too. 'Fallen' brings Evanescence to mind, but the album certainly has more diversity than that. 'No More Tomorrow' shows off what makes the album; uniting the sounds crammed into the tracks to make pacey, catchy songs. Highlights include 'She's Evil' – a deceptively honey-tongued track, similar to Mike Tramp, but with darker lyrics – and 'Break Me Down' which demonstrates how Degen is adept at driving the tracks with guitar, but without dominating them unnecessarily; a Funky bass line balances out the emphasis on strings and vocals.

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In one word the album is powerful. If not every track, at least every other one packs a punch with a jam-packed texture, rich in paces and rhythms. Melody isn't always a strong point; 'More Than You Can Take' and 'No Surrender' stick to a pretty vanilla tune but there are still tidy guitar solos and twinkling keyboards to enjoy. If anything, it might be good to hear Degen go more extreme on one sound, such as more power, to avoid landing in the middle-ground on some songs with a sound so busy it becomes a bit vapid.

'Degen' is an inventive and interesting album, especially suited to fans of Symphonic Rock and perhaps even Power Metal. But, if you like your senses to be tickled by a melting point of smoothly-produced sounds swirled into the form of rumbling tunes, then this is worth a shot.

Sophie Brownlee

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