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Soul Doctor - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars
Way Back To The Bone - Gisela Schmitz - 9 stars


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Way Back To The Bone

Way Back To The Bone
(Metal Heaven - 2009)


Soul Doctor keep going and with Way Back To The Bone they release their 5th studio album and mark their 10th anniversary. Soul Doctor stick to their sound and spice up their classic, melodic hard rock with some new sound elements. They add some melodic 80's heavy rock to their mix, but this isn't doing the result any harm. The unique voice of Tommy Heart and the heavy riffing of guitarist Chris Lyne is impressing. The opener First Man On The Moon has the wild west flair of Bon Jovi, but the track is getting more depth. Next in line Lightning And Thunder is a catchy hard rock tune, but a real highlight is Can't Stand Losing and it's Tommy Heart's voice which is giving you goose bumps. He's better then ever! Same can be said about the ballad Times Of Yesterday which is quite emotional. It gets bluesy with Love Crashed Down (Boom Down!) and the opening guitar part lacks nothing and can't keep up with the big hard rock acts. Another emotional tune is Here Comes The Night while Heartache Heartbreak is based on some beautiful keyboard passages. You will find a Hammond organ at Take It While It's Hot and Coming Home has a touch of Gotthard - great one. One can say that Soul Doctor stick to their guns, but this time offer varying vocals which make the songs sound more vivid, but the icing on the cake are the guitar riffs! Melodic hard rock can't be defined completely new, but Soul Doctor present it on a high level. And this they are doing for 10 years now - and this album you shouldn't miss, if you are into hard rock!


9 stars

Gisela Schmitz
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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Soul Doctor

Soul Doctor
(Massacre Records - 2001)


You won't know this band, but you know the mainmen, if you are a hard rock fan! Former Fair Warning singer Tommy Heart sings rougher on this one than on any other release and it's obvious that he feels comfortable! Bassist J.D. was part of Bonfire for years, you might remember Jrg Deisinger. The duo founded Soul Doctor together with guitarist Chris Lyne and drummer Zacky. Both were active in the hard rock scene for years. You may ask, what's the different to Fair Warning and Bonfire? They took the best out of both bands, added some rock vibes and create a kind of 80's US American hard rock. This is one of the best hard rock releases from Germany I've heard during the last years!
The opener shows the general direction of the quartet, but more balladesque songs like Goodbye and Before The Night Is Over don't lack anything. The German quartet is on their way to conquer the European throne of hard rock. Watch out for the Soul Doctor!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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