Power of Metal.dk Review

Audrey Horne
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 25 January, 2013
Playing time: 42:45

Audrey Horne is a figure in David Lynch's TV serie Twin Peaks from the 80's, but is also a rock band from Norway. I've listen to their debut album 'No Haye Banda' from 2005 for some time and if I compare it with this brand new album named 'Youngblood', I'm not convinced that if you are big fan of the alternative post grunge - rock that Audrey Horene played before that you might be confused with this new album.

Because now the guys living in Bergen are playing more of a classic hard rock style and the melodies are more adult and have more focus on the vocals. If If you like UFO, Molly Hatchet, Zeppelin and Deep Purple, you will certainly like Audrey Horne.

They have a personal and own style with high quality thinking in the base and the instrumental skills are great. The driven rock songs have a groove and a very energetic pace. In the first two songs I thought that I were listening to another rock band, because this was not what I expected at first. 'Redemption Blues' is a blues rock track in 'Graveyard' or 'Wichcraft' style. Mega strong guitars and groovy classic rock in a 70's style. Catchy 'Straight Into Your Grave' is one of the best song on 'Youngblood' with cheeky and catchy guitars and big strong vocals from Toschie!

The title song 'Youngblood' is a killer track with some crazy guitar loops in Thin Lizzy class. The epic top song 'There Goes a Lady' is a big gem that wasn't a favourite after the first listen, but it is a song that grows and grows after each spin. Steaming guitars is opening the song 'Show and Tell' and it's one of the best songs on the album. The Rush influenced song 'Cards with the Devil' is a tight and heavy song with a melancholic touch. The following song 'Pretty Little Sunshine' is another top song on the disc. Good and positive energy with some awesome bass riffs in the end. The guitar playing is amazing all through the album. 'This Ends Here' is almost a stoner-metal track, with higher tempo and a dusty sound wall and I love the guitars in this song very very much. The closing song is perhaps the strongest song on the album with brilliant guitars and great vocals.

I take my hat off and bow myself humbly. Thanks for a pleasant company.

A very nice acquaintanceship and I will be able to see them on a live stage this summer. I yearn already.

Line up:
Torkjell Rød/Toschie - vocals
Arve Isdal/Ice Dale - guitar
Thomas Tofthagen - guitar
Kjetil Greve - drums

Espen Lien - bass
Kim Gulbrandsen - keyboard

01. Redemption Blues
Straight Into Your Grave
There Goes A Lady
Show And Tell
Cards With The Devil
Pretty Little Sunshine
The Open Sea
This Ends Here
The King Is Dead
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 59/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 12 January, 2013
Website: audreyhornemusic.com