Mayburn - 'No Horizon' Hot

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An entertaining and uplifting album.

If we were to assume the role of Gordon Ramsay (no relation by the way) and describe this second album from Viennese five-piece Mayburn as a culinary dish, we'd list the ingredients thusly; a large helping of early Alter Bridge, thick slices of Metallica, a sprinkling of Shinedown, a dash of Disturbed and delicate pinches of Judas Priest. All of which makes for a tasty, if unoriginal, stew of traditional and contemporary Hard Rock and Metal.

These guys describe themselves as performing Powerrock, a term that's both deliberately and unintentionally appropriate. On the literal front, the band – who are experienced musicians from the worlds of Rock, Metal, Crossover and Experimental music – make a well written and performed racket that is indeed powerful and undeniably Rocks.
'Surrendering' boasts a barrage of Metal riffs, interesting instrumental passages, tastefully propulsive blast beats and epitomises the fist-pumping, outsider spirit Mayburn like to express through big hooks and call-to-arms lyrics. The more you listen to this record, the more infectious and empowering the choruses of 'Rising Tide', 'Relieve' and 'Hear Me Calling (Let It Fade)' become.

This ensemble are impressive and showcase their chops on the excellent 'Out Of Sight'. Its dancing-on-hot-coals groove is funky and heavy, but the instrumental break in the middle – where the band slow down and speed up in thrilling fashion – exhibits a flair for dynamism and simmering Progressive touches.

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On the flip side, the rather uninformative Powerrock tag also mirrors the group's lack of genuine character. They may draw from Classic Rock and Metal, Nu-Metal and Post-Grunge, but where wide ranging touchstones usually aid the development of a band's sound, it's difficult to discern Mayburn's identity as they never transcend their obvious influences.

This is particularly true of singer Peter Janda. He offers a nice variety of clean, melodic post-millennial emoting, staccato Metal edginess and haunting Baritone crooning, but you keep thinking "he sounds like Brent Smith, Mark Tremonti, David Draiman and another guy I can't quite think of...." so much that it prevents both him and the band from feeling like their own entity.

Regardless, this is still an entertaining and uplifting album and, although a bit faceless, anyone who feels AB have become too heavy and overly Progressive should get a kick out of its angsty anthems and bruised, beaten but determined sentiments.

Simon Ramsey

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