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Devay – Break Down the Walls [1992]

PhotobucketCountry Canada         

Style Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members (Marie-Claire) Devay – Vocals, Bryan Hughes – Guitars, keyboards, Alain Pernot,Carlo Simeone,Nick Martino – Guitars, Rob Cornandoli keyboards, Mike Sharp,Maurice Soso Williams – Bass, Chris West,John Huges Legend – Drums

Tracks 01. Rock And A Hard Place, 02. Heart Like A Gun, 03. Whatever It Takes, 04. Save Me, 05. Burning Alive, 06. Let It Roll, 07. Paradise, 08. Take Me Away, 09. I Won’t Let Go, 10. If I Gave You My Love, 11. Break Down The Walls

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Profile The album ““Break Down The Walls””, by Montreal-based singer Devay, is an overlooked masterpiece of Canadian rock. Originally recorded in 1992, and issued on the Polaris label, this CD is a superb collection of 1980s-style metal songs, comparable to Pat Benatar, Lita Ford, or Lee Aaron. Unfortunately, this album never achieved the worldwide recognition that it deserved.

 For the album, vocalist Devay – she goes by her last name only – teamed up with Tony Green, a well-known producer of rock and dance music in Montreal. The songs were written jointly by Devay herself, lead guitarist Barry Hughes and keyboardist Anton Maze. She also had the help of some of Montreal’s best session musicians recording the record. The result: world class metal that was almost completely overlooked. Of the eleven tracks on this album, the opener, “”Rock And A Hard Place””, starts up with a Motley Crue-type guitar riff and segues into a powerful hard rock song.

The second, “”Heart Like A Gun””, is actually an original composition, not a cover of a Fiona Flanagan piece. The third, “’Whatever It Takes””, has the same flavor as Patti Smith’s ““Because The Night””. The remainder are a combination of melodic metal with an occasional power ballad. The instrumental work is excellent, with tight, concise guitar solos, catchy hooks, and anthemic choruses. The lyrics are articulate, and socially conscious. Devay’s voice has a unique ability to convey emotion.


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