Rostock : Broad Wings Over Berlin

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For those who don't know, Rostock are a band put together by Man roadie and some time guitarist Roger Hoodless, along with sons Glenn on drums and Scott on guitar, plus Laurence Roberts on bass. I've seen them at least a couple of occasions at Conventions, and I believe they do the odd gig off their own bat as well.

As you might guess from the line up and album title, the band's roots are placed firmly in a heavy rock school, with definite leanings towards heavy metal. This is reinforced by the cover, which has echoes of early Blue Oyster Cult. Glittering Lights sets the tone of precise guitar driven music, with plenty of space for soloing, and liberal doses of wah wah. The album keeps up this tone, though Tomorrow Tonight, with some accoustic backing, is a concerted effort to break out of the stereotype.

See You, See Me is a longer workout, the most obviously Man influenced track when it gets down to a long instrumental section, which, let's face it, owes more than a little to Never Say Nups from Back Into The Future. I'm sure the band don't mind. Billy is another concerted effort to escape the metal strait jacket and write a more mainstream song. The title track is musically probably the pick of the album, though the vocal sections are the song's weak point. Memories is a riff I definitely recall hearing the band do live, so they presumably like it, but it's a bit too obviously metal for me.

I don't know how much time they get to rehearse, but the playing is technically fine - it was recorded in less than a week, so they clearly all know their way around their instruments. The casual listener could certainly take this as being from a pro outfit from a technical perspective; you can't really fault the soloing, or any of the playing. The weak points are easily identifiable as the vocals and some of the material, but what the hell, there are plenty of bands around you could say that about. There just might be a future in the business for some of these guys.

Originally issued in 1997.

Catalogue number ROS CD01-0397

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