Shogun – 31 Days [1987]

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Style Hard Rock

Rating 88/100

Band Members Alan Marsh – Lead & Backing Vocals, Andy Wrighton – Bass, Danny Gwilym – Guitar, Backing Vocals, Steve Pierce – Drums, Backing Vocals, Toby Martin – Guitar, Backing Vocals, Tony Moore – Keyboards

Tracks 01. Cloak And Dagger, 02. Shock To The Heart, 03. Voices From The Heart, 04. You Are What You Are, 05. Love Is A Game, 06. Cold Truth, 07. If Tomorrow Comes, 08. Can’t Live Without Your Love, 09. First Time, 10. Out Of Love Again

Profile The 2nd album from Shogun with vocalist Alan Marsh of Tokyo Blade, recorded in 31 Days (therefore the title).Vocalist Alan Marsh was fired from the british band Tokio Blade by his record label due to artistic discrepancies. Together with ex-Chinatown guitarist Danny Gwilym formed SHOGUN in 1984. Their 1st self titled album has traces of the NWOBHM genre although sounding pretty commercial. To the 2nd, the group decided to update the songwriting, changing their style to a more americanized sound but still retaining the typical british scent.

The album is entitled “31 Days” because that’s how long they were given to start and finish it. Riding the wave of the style that was getting great acceptance in UK on such bands as Shy, Peroux, Moritz, the disc features prominent guitars, sweeping keyboards and persistent choruses. Do you remember the excellent demos by Push (UK) posted HERE some time ago? Well, “31 Days” is in the same ligue. This is first class keyboard driven british Hard / AOR with power guitars and strong vocals.

From the starting candy-floss synths of opener “Cloak And Dagger” you know this will be a keyboard oriented, extremely commercial plate. “Shock To The Heart” is anthemic and catchy, while the cliched but wonderful “Voices From The Heart” is the album ballad. The rocking “You Are What You Are” (those keyboards!) is followed by the climatic midtempo “Love Is A Game”. “Cold Truth” is another melodic belter with great guitar work, “If Tomorrow Comes” reminds me their colleagues Bronz, “First Time” rocks with attitude and closer “Out Of Love Again” is in the best Shy tradition.

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