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The basic production captures the rawness of a young Hard Rock band finding their feet.

This young band from Nottingham have managed to create a sound all of their own. There's a distinct feeling that the members all have very different record collections, and having brought these influences together, have combined them to fashion something fresh.

The basic production captures the rawness of a young Hard Rock band finding their feet. Their sound is one of contradictions. Fancy Mr Big-like fret-board runs and Melodic Rock guitar, but without the vocal Melodic Rock hooks? Or maybe you would be interested in Modern Rock, but with old-school influences and classic Metal riffage, yet also including Alternative Metal vocals? You can find all that here.

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There's a great guitar tone from Justin Larner; you can feel the electricity sparking out of your speakers and it's the highlight factors of the album. Just listen to those guitars firing off on the opening song 'Won't Let It Go', while the bluesy stomp of 'Less You Know' has that Mr. Big or The Winery Dogs influence with some speedy fret-work. The groove-based 'No Friend Of Mine' comes on like a show tune, but one that's done in a Hard Rock style; the kind of trick Dave Lee Roth brought to the Van Halen sound. The title track offers up pure drum carnage and infectious high energy. The album is rounded out by 'Break My Fall', a slow track that speeds up in the middle before it gallops off like the Four Horseman out of the fires of NWOBHM.

Joe Hill's vocals are Modern Rock; he likes to sing straight then go high. I'm not sure he is the best fit for all the material, but by the same token, it's his voice that helps give the record its juxtaposition between Classic Rock and Modern Alternative Rock, so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt. It's good to hear the old sounds mixed together with a more modern approach... even it doesn't always work. Grand Ultra are rough around the edges, but there's potential.

Duncan Jamieson

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