Finally, Blessed By A Broken Heart have released another album. 2008’s ‘Pedal To The Metal’ lies panting on the floor from the amount of times that I’ve aurally raped it; with its glam metal cheesiness and immature breakdowns it really should be a guilty pleasure, but I don’t really give a fuck in saying how much I love it. ‘Feel The Power’ is BBABH‘s third full-length (although, I don’t really count 2004’s ‘All Is Fair In Love And War’, as it was before the style change away from pure metalcore). Tony Gambino and the lads have been teasing us since early November with a couple of tracks (‘Deathwish’ and ‘Forever’) that hinted at a leaning more towards the glam side of things, building more on the Mötley Crüe influence.
It’s definitely a grower. On first listen, older fans may bemoan the lack of breakdowns and -core type moments, but listen again and it’s clear that BBABH are merely evolving their sound to not have a ‘Pedal To The Metal’ Mark 2. A good starting point would be ‘Love Nightmare’ or ‘Holdin’ Back For Nothin”, both slotting in at the heavier end of things with palm muting and screamed vocals. The former then ramps off into an Aiden sounding chorus, while the classic “woah”s continue in the background. The latter starts off almost melodeath like before pounding into a now-rare breakdown.
The newer sound is showcased more on the two aforementioned pre-release tracks, as well as ‘Sleepless Nights’ and ‘Shut Up And Rock’ (featuring Dallas Taylor of Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster). It’s obvious that the band still holds the 80s in very high stead, just watch the video for ‘Forever’ to see the token leather jackets and motorbikes in droves. The difference with BBABH though is a more youthful approach to the well travelled sound of bands like Skid Row and Poison; they would sound out of place on a bill with those bands, but they definitely fit there more than in the metalcore scene.
There is one eyebrow-raising track on the album though, ‘I’ve Got You’, a song that would almost fit on a Nickelback record were it not for the actual talent. It’s probably not surprising that BBABH make a song like this at some point, but it doesn’t really do much for me personally.
Due to BBABH‘s massive following in Japan (don’t ask me), the editions out there feature three extra tracks that will hopefully filter their way over here in the not too distant future. For now, we’ll have to just hope they make it back to the UK for another tour. They really are a must-see live.
Written by Martin Savage