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On disc: Evidence One

- Criticize The Truth - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
- The Sky Is The Limit - Philip Thelen - 8 stars

The Sky Is The Limit

The Sky Is The Limit
(AFM Records - 2007)

With their 2 previous releases Evidence One already draw some attention and as on their first works the band is again presenting melodic metal. The Sky Is The Limit is the 3rd album of Evidence One and again they have a catchy artwork - three cards. On the cards you can find details of every Evidence One album. On the deck of the 3rd card you see a grinning joker. Great cover! Fits well to the bands work.
Let's talk about the music! Opening with the title track The Sky Is The Limit they show the listener that melodic metal has power. The song is forcing ahead and makes you move. Mr. Madness follows and I could write about this and every other song who great it is, coz they are, but also they are too much the same. Anyway, the songs are well written and arranged. A cool guitar solo here and there and on top the voice of Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz. It's fun to listen to this album. Good sound. And you can hear the passion and the fun they have playing these music. They progress.
Check out: The Sky Is The Limit, Mr. Madness, Won`t Sleep Alone, Propaganda, Rain Road and Mindmines.

8 stars

Philip Thelen
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


Criticize The Truth

Criticize The Truth
(Point Music - 2002)

When you take a look at the band members this seems to be just another project. The mainmen Robby Boebel (Frontline; gui. / keyb.) and singer Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz (Domain) got together accidentally and soon it was clear that this will be a band and not just a solo album of Robby Boebel. The dynamic duo started writing more material and found in Frontline bassist Thomas 'Hutch' Bauer and Shakra drummer Roger Tanner their partners for Evidence One.
The album starts with the title track Criticize The Truth which really rocks and also indicates the musical playground of this quartet... Hard rock / melodic metal fits best. From the first note this album put you under a spell. Moves you. This is hard rock like we all know from the late 80's US American bands and if I wouldn't know who are the band members, I would have bet that this is an American band! But the songs don't sound backdated! The guitar-driven songs sound fresh. Catchy melodies make you sing along soon. With Like Never Before they recorded a song which is a little faster, more melodic metal then hard rock. The vocal line is really interesting and makes - together with the guitar riff - this outstanding. The heavy rock Frozen In Time starts with an atmospheric guitar part and has a balladesque touch. An emotional track with keyboard lines which partly build the counter part to the vocals. In general I have to say that the four-piece use the backing vocals as a main element in the sound and again as a counter part to the lead vocals of Carsten Schulz. On the 10 tracks the band shows heavy rockers and powerful melodic metal songs and with Perfect Love they have a kind of power ballad on the album. And with Heavy Heart Betrayed they finish the album with a heavy guitar rock track to close the circle.
It seems like they play together for years. And Robby Boebel did a good job as a producer on this album, perhaps that's part of the secret, coz as the main songwriter he knows best who the songs shall sound.
Unfortunately this kind of music is not trendy these days and so it won't be easy to find people to listen... Partly because there is no media which spread the word which is a pity. Let's hope that hard rock gets more popular again! Meanwhile enjoy listening!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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