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Autograph - Get Off Your Ass

Get Off Your Ass
by Craig Rider at 06 December 2017, 7:26 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I'm proud to present to you: AUTOGRAPH; signed via EMP Label Group, hailing from the United States of America - performing Rock/Heavy Metal, on their 9th studio album entitled: “Get Off Your Ass” (released October 6th, 2017).

Since formation in 1983; the quintet in question have 8 albums behind them, I'm introduced to their 9th album: “Get Off Your Ass”. Well now, that's one heck of an album titled, huh? After my first listen of the new AUTOGRAPH record; I was pleasantly surprised as my expectations were in between. 10 tracks ranging at around 40:98, the quartet delivers an intricately designed formula of organically produced aesthetics. Opening up with the titular track; already the songwriting/sound production has a consistent rhythmic adroitness to it, as Steve Lynch on lead guitar/vocals constructively provides a sufficient amount of distinctive riffs and solos which have a groovy substance to it. The elementary implementations have an enjoyably entertaining structure to it, while still maintaining the heaviness to the fullest of intentions - it's not extreme or savagely sinister, but it's admirably commendable & enlightening as well as fulfilling.

I'm ignoring the sub-genres known as Glam or Hair; as I don't consider them actual genres of Metal, they are simply fashion styles and nothing more, it's the music you drive for, right? Not what someone looks like - so let's just consider them Hard Rock/Heavy Metal for now.

Every Generation” consists of more hard-hitting melodies and manifests with a grandiose of solid attributions that makes this disc relentlessly stimulating, the vocalization contrasts with clean and high-pitched profuseness in which suits this kind of characteristic. Powerhouse Marc Wieland on drums showcases a simplistic design in his pummeling, yet it still demonstrates a groovy solidity to it. “All I Own” is a typical ballad that lowers the tone a bit, but still supplies a satisfyingly elegant tempo - while it might sound cheesy; it's catchy and diligently grand. Randy Rand on bass showcases a complex, dexterous efficiency in the song “You Are Us We Are You” - the nimble swiftness is composed with well-orchestrated dynamics with captivating harmonies in which intrigues me to carry on the record. Simon Daniels on lead vocals/guitar portrays more swifty establishments in the song “Meet Me Half Way”, which are proficiently executed.

I Lost My Mind In America” contributes more memorable choruses and verses, as well as powerful patterns of rhythmic contrast with a concrete solo mid-portion of the song; it's quite electrifying. “All Emotions” is a self-important track, where the lyricism arranges in an egotistical personality and develops a melodramatic sense of songwriting - the salubrious aspect is, is that the music is still quite elegant where I can't help but simply just adapt to it. “Watch It Now” has similar efficaciousness, with more thunderous solos and consistent attributions that make up for the blandish components. “Ready To Get Down” concludes the recording; it focuses mostly on ballad, radio-friendly features, which still manage to uphold the weighted technicalities promptly. Overall terminating this release with the famous live rendition of “Turn Up The Radio”, which was prominently excelling – a fine record filled with finesse, if you can ignore the generic side that is.

Songwriting: 7
Memorability: 7
Originality: 6
Sound Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Get Off Your Ass
2. Every Generation
3. All I Own
4. You Are Us We Are You
5. Meet Me Half Way
6. I Lost My Mind In America
7. All Emotions
8. Watch It Now
9. Ready To Get Down
10. Turn Up The Radio (Live)
Steve Lynch - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Randy Rand - Bass, Vocals
Simon Daniels - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Marc Wieland - Drums
Record Label: EMP Label Group


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