All I Know – Vanity Kills [2010]

Country Belgium          

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members Amély Mondy – Bass, Michaël Neyt – Guitar,Vocals, Ward Dufraimont – Lead Vocals,Guitar

Tracks 01. All Night Long, 02. Bad Boy, 03. Asphyxia, 04. Rain, 05. Turn Back Time, 06. I Need You, 07. Into Your Heart, 08. I Wanna Rock You, 09. Sweet 17, 10. Teenage Queen, 11. All The Way, 12. Hope And Dreams

Profile “All I know” is a Belgian AOR/melodic rock band and “Vanity Kills” is their debut album released in late 2010 under the newly founded US label “Melodic rock records”. The beautiful cover artwork and logo fairly hint the musical approach of the band yet, its musical depth is definite to take by surprise even the most seasoned of AOR fans.

“All I Know” is lead singer/guitarist Ward Dufraimont, lead guitarist Michail Neyt and bassist Amily Mondy while drum duties are fulfilled by various musicians. Having established that “All I Know” is a proper AOR/melodic rock band, one further specifies that they are undeniably 80s oriented with particular emphasis on thick guitars and big drumming. One happily concludes that all melody is driven by the guitars and vocals rather than keyboards (playing a strictly complementary role).

“All I know-Vanity Kills” bares a sweet musical controversy as it is labeled AOR, yet demonstrates such youthful attitude, fun-time and passion that denies any `Adult orientation’. In terms of favorite songs I could not pick any particular favorites as all 12 songs are top of the top in their style at which point one has to acknowledge the contribution of legendary producer Beau Hill (“Ratt”, “Europe”, “Alice Cooper”) who masterfully brings to front the 80s essence of each song.

I have to agree that despite a newcomer band, “All I know” match in quality the best releases of leading international music labels in the field namely “Frontiers Records” and “AOR Heaven”. Whether you prefer AOR/melodic rock, hard rock, or glam/sleaze metal “All I Know-Vanity Kills” is definite to satisfy your musical expectations.

Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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