Emergency – Martial Law [1989]

EMERGENCY_ML1Country Netherlands          Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members
Coen Van Hoof – Keyboards, Frans Limonard – Guitar, Hedwig Spijkers – Drums, Jos Antonissen – Bass, Peter Lovell – Vocals

01. Hiding In The Shadow, 02. All Runnin’ Wild, 03. Reaching Out, 04. Please, Say Please Me, 05. Maybe It’s Love, 06. Across The Desert Sands, 07. Running Out Of Miracles, 08. Upside Down, 09. Just One Precious Moment, 10. Dangerous

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Profile Long time out of print, “Martial Law” is a collector’s item, with an impeccable production by Erwin Musper (Danger Danger, Craaft, Zinatra), these guys recorded a lovable bunch of Melodic Hard Rock / Scandi AOR sounding tunes here. You can’t go wrong with keyboard-driven numbers like “Upside Down”, “Maybe It’s Love”, “Hiding In The Shadow” or the midtempo “Across The Desert Sands”, all rich in high quality harmonies, killer guitar/key interplay and soaring lead vocals by Pete Lovell (which is British-born btw).

But what made this band different from the rest in this profusely transited genre is the distinctive drumming of Hedwig Spijkers; his singular fills, pattern changes and use of cymbals are quite original, giving to the band’s sound an extra plus. Just listen “All Runnin’ Wild”. There’s more straight Euro melodic hard rockers in “Reaching Out”, “Dangerous”, “Running Out Of Miracles” – the latter reminding me British wonders After Hours – and a couple of great ballads; “Please, Say Please Me” (akin Giuffria), and the extremely melodic “Just One Precious Moment”. “Martial Law” is one of those albums reaffirming that the eighties ‘feeling’ is unrepeatable. A winner…..


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