HURRICANE – Liquifury [Frontiers Records Special Edition +2] Out Of Print
Continuing with the request fulfill of HURRICANE discography – one of the greatest melodic hard rock bands from the ’80s if you ask me, here’s “Liquifury [Special Edition +2]”, their fourth studio album arriving in 2001, eleven years after the band’s previous release.
This is the hard to find Special Edition reissue by Frontiers Records including 2 bonus tracks.
Featuring regular members vocalist Kelly Hansen (also plays some guitar and keyboards) and drummer Jay Schellen, the line up is also joined by bass player Larry Antonio and guitarists Randall Strom, Sean Manning and Carlos Villalobos.
The record initially began as a Kelly Hansen solo record, but evolved into a comeback for the old band name.
On “Liquifury” there are also changes to the band’s ’80s sound. The tone is much darker and the songs substantially heavier than we have previously heard Kelly sing. Hard rocking, but essentially melodic
The sound of the album is certainly more contemporary, according to 2000’s. This is a big step forward for the guys involved. The guitar work is fast and furious and the riffs come thick and sharp.
Above everything, the quality of the songs, the production and the performance are what make this record stand out as a great body of work.
The sound and style, in fact, is quite similar to Unruly Child when Hansen recorded an album with them, joining his band mate Schellen, who was the band’s original drummer.
After a brief intro the CD heads straight into business with the furious opening track ‘River Gold’, which is quickly followed by the slightly more melodic, but equally tough ‘New God’.
There’s not let up with ‘Heart Made Of Stone’, a huge melodic rock anthem. This track is a great urgent rocker that should go down as an album favorite and sees Hansen in top vocal form.
‘Happy To Be Your Fool’ is the first hint of any softening in the album, slightly more laid back but still dark and moody and rocks up a little in the chorus. ‘Bleed For Me’ is another very good heavy hard rocker, with ‘Shelter’ continuing that, adding a great vocal hook in the chorus.
‘In My Dreams’ is the only proper ballad of the album, even then it’s in a midtempo pace. But it is an acoustic driven, slower ballad style track. ‘Torn’ and ‘Shine’ are both returns to the hard rocking base this album is, driven by sharp riffs and muscular lead vocals.
The bonus tracks on this Special Edition are the original Japan edition bonuses, both quality songs from the same recording sessions.
“Liquifury [Special Edition +2]” is a very energetic and hard hitting release, with a tougher sound and darker feel than anything these guys have been involved in previously.
The record touches on familiar styles, but carves it’s own destiny by moving in this new direction with an updated output. It seems recorded yesterday.
Above all else, most of the tracks are strong and memorable and contain enough hooks and melodic moments to rate highly with those who expect a certain style with any album with the band name Hurricane on the cover.
You’ve seen it first here, at 0dayrox
01 – Intro
02 – River Gold
03 – New God
04 – Heart Made Of Stone
05 – It’s Your Life
06 – Happy To Be Your Fool
07 – Bleed For Me
08 – Shelter
09 – In My Dreams
10 – Torn
11 – Shine
12 – Push
13 – Promises
Kelly Hansen – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion
Sean Manning – guitars
Carlos Villalobos – guitars (Track 7)
Randall Strom – guitars (Track 5)
Larry Antonio – bass
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