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Album Review: Vega - Stereo Messiah

Posted on October 11, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Vega – Stereo Messiah

Written by Juliano Mallon


Within four years, Vega established itself as one of the best British melodic rock bands around. Having two excellent albums under their belt, they now get ready to release “Stereo Messiah”, an album that set the bar even higher than its predecessors “Kiss Of Live (2010) and “What The Hell!” (2012). And with Marcus Thurston arriving as the new guitarist, Vega’s songs got even more fire power and sound bigger than ever. And talking about sound, the album was mixed in Canada by Harem Scarem’s Harry Hess. Not bad, uh?


The album is filled with explosive rock anthems such as “Stereo Messiah”, All Or Nothing” (a personal favorite, with its shiny keyboards and bombastic chorus) and "Wherever We Are", easily, one of the best songs Vega’s ever written and a major highlight of the album. These three songs should be enough to make you wanna purchase the album. But there’s more... much more!!!


Despite its name, "Ballad Of The Brokenhearted" is a killer rock track with fierce guitars, a feature that is also present in songs like "Gonna Need Some Love Tonight" and "The Fall", the latter being another personal favorite. Guitars galore can be found in the catchy "Neon Heart", "With Both Hands" and "10 X Bigger Than Love", featuring Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott.


And when you think there can’t be more to be squeezed off the album, "My Anarchy" (with front row keyboards) and the powerful "The Wild, The Weird, The Wonderful" (another personal favorite) shine through with a heavy dose of melodic bliss. There was even time for a ballad called "Tears Never Dry", which is pretty good with delicate keyboards contrasting with heavier guitars.


Summing up, I can honestly say that "Stereo Messiah" is Vega’s best album to date and if you enjoyed (and how could you not?) their first two albums, the new one will blow your mind. Nick Workman is singing like an angry Banshee, delivering flawless and powerful performances, while the band is tighter than ever.


“Stereo Messiah” hits stores on Oct. 17 on Frontiers Records, and is one of the best releases of 2014. Get it pronto!

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