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Brat - The End (Reissue)

The End (Reissue)
by Joganegar at 29 April 2020, 10:06 AM

I listened to BRAT and immediately a crowd of musicians and artists pervaded my perception; for the elements that make this record can be related to various acts that have acquired worldwide notoriety throughout the years, yet "The End" holds a pleasant surprise in the opening track “The Seer” with a slight downward slope beginning on the second track leaning towards a more commercial and devil may care approach that is reflected in more repetitive choruses, but nevertheless always keeping an extraordinary resolve to get their message through and I am sure back in the day this tracks must have been a true reflection of their time until all the guys from Seattle and the Grunge movement managed to put an end to it.

To be honest, this may have worked for me if I had heard it when it was originally released, but I have to confess I found it a little too conventional after thirty plus years of multiple sources with a seeming  endless of evolution of riffs, beats, notes, melodies and harmonies that have constructed the almost infinite spectrum of today’s bands. I have to say that in the long run, I wasn’t really able to find any additional info on this band, which allowed my mind to wander about the development of the band and how their sound changed from the first track to the last.

Whether the band tried to pursue more commercial targets through its development or not, the guitar work by Marco Montagna remains flawless throughout the whole album, and I truly hope his presence endures, though I cannot be certain, maybe the lineup change is what originated the turning point from one style to the other. The best thing about this reissue is the musical production, so you can hear very clearly and proficiently the original sense of the material just as when it was first written.

True experts in the execution of their instruments, I truly cannot find another word to define the guitar work on the opening track "The Seer" which to the untrained and overconfident ear may seem like a carbon copy of some of the most renowned acts of all time, but lest we forget how old the song on ALBUM NAME is, so probably BRAT may sound like they may have mimicked all of them, but probably it was the other way around. A quantum conondrum for the vaults of the Metal Temple

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 5
Production: 1


3 Star Rating

1. The Seer
2. Dressed to Thrill
3. Back on Top
4. Love and War
5.Curse of the Black Widow
6. Not Ready for Love
7. Loud and Proud
8. Slowdown
9. Hot Rod
10. One life to live
11. Liar
12. Push It
13. Promise of Destruction
14. Venus 
Nicola Rossi – Vocals and Keyboards
Andrea Caminiti – Bass/Vocals
Daniele Amatori – Drums
Marco Montagna – Guitar 
Record Label: Heaven and Hell Records


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