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W.E.T. – Rise Up [2013]

The second album from W.E.T. is another very good example of quality modern melodic rock that will easily please fans without breaking any new ground. Featuring the talents of Jeff Scott Soto on vocals with Erik Martensson and Robert Sall from Eclipse and Work Of Art respectively, W.E.T. continues along their path of hard hitting rockers mixed with big power ballads backed up by fellow musicians Robban Bäck and Magnus Henriksson from Eclipse.

Nothing involving these musicians is ever going to be bad but the sound of the album is slightly formulaic when taken in context of all the other albums Erik Martensson has worked on recently. One slight negative point for me is the loud harsh sound of the album that I feel lacks breathing room for all the instruments and which makes it difficult to listen to the music for long periods. Highlights include the melodic opener “Walk Away”, the massive chorus of “Learn To Live Again”, the modern rock sound of “Rise Up” that has a Linkin Park vibe to it, the passionate power ballad “Love Heals”, the awesome main riff of “On The Run”, the killer commercial rock chorus of “Broken Wings”, and the second intense power ballad “Still Believe In Us” that showcases JSS at his best.

I should mention that the massive backing vocals throughout this album are very impressive and used at great moments for maximum impact. Despite the fact that Rise Up doesn’t surpass the amazing heights of the debut album, it is still going to please most fans of this style of music without becoming a classic album of the genre.

Band Members
Erik Martensson – Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto – Lead Vocals
Magnus Henriksson – Lead Guitar
Robban Bäck – Drums
Robert Säll – Keyboards, Lead Guitar # 5

Tracks
01. Walk Away
02. Learn To Live Again
03. Rise Up
04. Love Heals
05. What You Want
06. The Moment
07. Bad Boy
08. On The Run
09. Broken Wings
10. Shot
11. Still Believe
12. Still Unbroken
13. Victorious [Japan Bonus Track]

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W.E.T. - Rise Up [2013], 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
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