Sound of Guns - Angels and Enemies

They say guitar music is dead. It's all soft-soul female singers and soft-voiced, earnest young men strumming acoustic guitars. Fortunately there are still some bands bravely flying the flag for rock and roll, and Liverpool outfit Sound of Guns is one of them. And this, Angels and Enemies, their second offering, just may have those popsters running for the hills.

Anyone who has seen the band live knows that they are not ones to keep their emotions in check. With Andrew Metcalfe's arena-sized vocals, the songs charge through: big, loud glorious tunes, yet no less beautiful for all that. The album opens with lead single 'Sometimes', mosh-pit ready and a chorus made for the crowd to shout along to: "No survivors / Separate drivers / Here comes an avalanche to bury everyone that's not alive / Are you alive?"

Metcalfe is one of those rare breed of rock vocalists who have the lung power to not only belt out the tunes, but convey real heart and soul as well. No mean feat. Cases in point are the wonderful 'Antarctica', a sweeping, epic 'lighters-in-the-air' tune that will no doubt sound even better live, and the snarling slow-burning fury of 'Flash of Light'. Other highlights include the truly lovely 'The Ocean, The Seas, The Rivers', and the wonderfully raucous 'Silicon'.

Though SOG slow things down a bit with the dreamy 'Guide' they are first and foremost a rock and roll band, and the momentum only lets up for a moment before picking up speed again with the atmospheric 'The Leaning' before signing off with the ominous tolling bells of closing track 'Of Our Own Invention'.

Angels and Enemies may be a loud, booming rock album, yet it is epic, soulful and full of life. What Sound of Guns lack in subtlety they more than make up for in passion. And that's exactly what many of us need right now.



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