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** starts on the piano and for a moment you think we are back in power ballad mode but then the guitars set in and the mood of the song changes completely. V0iD know how to build to the chorus and really have a great way of creating a great atmosphere around their songs.
There’s plenty more on the album to look forward to. Tracks like We’re Going Down are melodic and maloncolic a combination that is often hard to get right. For the AC/DC fans there’s more of those big guitar riffs on Blow Your Mind.
The album ends with Badge Of Honour.
V0iD have done it again and released a great record. Zer0is packed with plenty of variety and shows the bands softer side but still with a lot of epic guitars. This is an album for people who like good old anthemy rock.
“classy hard rock’ choruses that stick like gum’”
Hailing from the UK, V0iD are back with their second full length release, and they present a fine mix of melodic rock on the vein of Kick, early Von Groove, latter day Foreigner and maybe a taste of AC/DC and Bon Jovi. They’re best described as a classic rock act with a contemporary sound.
The album’s first four tracks. “All Cause of you”, “Plastic Survivor”, “She Loves me not”, and “Time Will Tell”, somewhat typify the band’s presentation: classy hard rock that’s filled with the requisite hooks and choruses that stick like gum. And the title track is by far the best on offer here. It sounds like a Bon Jovi and Cheap Tirck combo.
“Blow Your Mind” is exquisite too with a choppy riff that resembles the new Foreigner ditty, “Can’t Slow Down”. It’s a shame, though, that the whole of “Zer0” doesn’t stay with this winning formula. “Wide Awake”, “Reflections” and “Today” fall short of the band’s capabilities.
The reflective, softer pieces are a bit flat while the up tempo compositions are right on the money. Their next release should solidify them as potential tier-one contenders
RATED 7 POWERPOINTS
“‘song writing that this Welsh band should be proud of’”
Another fine quality release from Raven Black Music, V0id are about to release second album ‘Zer0’. The album was produced by Tim Hamill, who has previously worked with the likes of Lemmy, Girlschool and the late great Ronnie James Dio – and he has done a good job of switching between the bands softer side and their all out rock sound. Singer and band songwriter Wayne Doyle’s vocals remind me of Buckcherry’s Josh Todd on some of those heavier songs.
Highlights include opening track ‘All Coz of You’, ‘Time Will Tell’, title track ‘Zer0’ and ‘Today’. The album’s big sounding slower numbers ‘Wide Awake’, ‘We’re Going Down’ and ‘Badge of Honour’ show off a level of song writing that this Welsh band should be proud of, whilst the AC/DC sounding ‘Blow Your Mind’ should just be played loud!!
V0id have played a handful of European festival dates and also appeared at Texas’ SXSW event, they will also be touring the UK later in the year in support of ‘Zer0’. ****
RATED 4 OUT OF 5 Stars
“Their finest work to date’”
For those of you that had the pleasure of hearing ‘Ballads for Beauties and Beasts’, the first album by V0iD back in 2008, you will overjoyed by the prospect of a second even better album. Since the release of this debut, the South Wales rock band, specifically singer / writer Wayne Doyle has been busy developing the perfect sound for and it has been found!
‘Zer0’ is the name of the new album and is a delightful combination of heavy rolling guitar hooks, riffs to make your head rock and enough sentiment to make it that much more memorable and moving to listen to. The first couple of tracks opens purely on desirable guitars rhythms, but as the tunes continue you begin to notice there is MUCH more to these four fellas than their ability to pin a decent guitar hook. ‘Zer0’ is the first single to be taken from the album and is about a near death experience where Wayne woke up in hospital dazed and confused. Although it is a catchy tune, it is not the most dazzling song to be released for a first single, but still grasps the guitars and melodies well.
Other favourites include, ‘She Loves Me Not’, which will get your arm muscles aching to be moved from side to side; ‘Time Will Tell’, which delves deeper into the emotional side of things, wrapping a listener in a comforting blanket. ‘California’s Burning’ is beautiful in all aspects; the piano and guitars compliment each other incredibly, the vocals are strong while the lyrics so catchy you’ll be singing them for days. ‘Wide Awake’ opens with the beautiful piano melody then as it builds the tension, everything kicks in guitars and strings make for a stunning power ballad. Also, listen out for a touch of inspiration of AC/DC on ‘Blow Your Mind’.
As well as the abundant amount of catchy choruses, precious melodies and epic tunes, another feature the album has, has to be the immensely strong and endearing vocals of lead singer Wayne. They are lined with a subtle slickness that you can’t help but slide into. ‘Zer0’ is the most stunning follow up album and should not to be missed.
RATED 12 OUT OF 13
“‘deserving of appreciation by a wide audience’”
I heard big things about V0iD before I got my ears around their album Zer0, so they had a lot to live up to. A dozen songs, written by Wayne Doyle, later – and the answer is “why aye – boys done real good.”
All Cause of You is rhythmic riffy catchy rock music, melody with attitude, crunchy chordy guitars, booming bass and thumping drums – top-drawer antecedents might be Rainbow, The Babys and G ‘n’ R.
On Plastic Saviour (Obama), the guitars, tempered with keyboards, create a dramatic, intense wall of sound, and She Loves Me Not, radio friendly, is just one example of the album’s choppy, dancey tunes that are done justice by great vocals and mature, well-judged sound, and a cool example of how loud don’t have to be aggressive.
Time Will Tell is a slow-burning, brooding, metal ballad that patiently builds to a stratospheric anthem – I can already see that swaying forest of held-aloft mobile phones. The Beatley piano-led love song Wide Awake breaks into a full on, accessible power ballad, and the album as a whole, deserving of appreciation by a wide audience – is pretty damned great.
RATED 4 OUT OF 5
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