KNAC.COM’s Jay Roberts reviews Redemption Vol I.

Originally posted July 5th, 2016. Jay Roberts wrote, “I can’t really articulate what if any preconceptions I might’ve had prior to listening to this EP. But after my first exposure to APOCALYPTIC LOVERS, if the other material waiting in the wings is as good as what is on Redemption, Volume 1, I’m definitely on board.

You get superb vocals on top of straight up hard rock with a strong sense of melodic songcraft. I found this EP highly enjoyable and it should please pretty much any fan of the genre. It may have taken far longer than anyone anticipated, but APOCALYPTIC LOVERS have arrived…”

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Decibel Geek reviews Redemption Vol I.

Originally posted July 2, 2016. Adam Cox wrote, “Boom!  The EP opens up with a barrage of guitars (a bit like Mr Big‘s “Addicted To That Rush“) and rattles into “Better Days“.  The music is classic but doesn’t sound dated.  The guitars crunch, the drums boom and Kane sings amazingly.  He is a mixture of Don Dokken and some Michael Monroe.  The song has a groove to it and that whole swing cuts through the whole of the collection.

Killing For A Living” swiftly follows and this is a song that will stick in your brain like like gum on your shoe.  Love the lyrical lines of “when you’re killing for a living, it never seems like you’re winning“.  Magee goes all George Lynch on the solo, but it is a great homage rather than any plundering…”

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Hair Metal Mansion’s Dawn Osbourne reviews Redemption Vol I.

Originally posted June 30th, 2016. Dawn Osbourne wrote, “Mixed by the legendary producer Michael Wagener (Skid Row, Ozzy, Warlock, Crue) in Nashville this 8 track EP is a monster slice of metal. Burstin’ out of the speakers with Dokken style freewheeling guitar, the Apocalyptic Lovers waste no time with first track ‘Better Days’. These boys have origins in the Ohio based ‘Love and War’ twenty years ago, so this time around they know exactly what they want to deliver and experience and passion are written all over this release. Rifferama city, ‘Killing for a Living’ also leads with guitar first, questions later. Direct and balls out, we can imagine this live with guitars thrust at audience machine gun, take no prisoners, massacre style…”

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Geoff Wilbur Reviews Redemption Vol. I

Originally posted April 12, 2016. Geoff Wilbur wrote, “Old-school, blistering axework-filled, high and powerful vocals-driven, classic heavy metal. That’s Apocalyptic Lovers. The band’s style places it firmly on the heavier end of melodic metal, with driving drums, heavy, thumping bass lines, thundering, screaming guitar solos well-integrated within the songs, and forceful-without-shouting vocals that can soar as well. As for the quality of the recordings, I’ve compared the new recordings to 20-year old versions, and the musicianship is even better, as is the recording quality (thanks in part, I’m sure, to Michael Wagener’s expert touch mixing the tracks).

Apocalyptic Lovers is what you’d call an arena rock band. Classic hard rock/metal music you’d expect to hear amid flashing lights at a large-stage concert club. Though I probably wouldn’t have picked it as the biggest potential hit, heavy, pounding rocker “Killing for a Living” is the song I find most frequently randomly stuck in my head. Its hook isn’t completely obvious, but that makes it nonetheless deadly catchy.

“Change of Frequency” is one of those often (but not always) slow, anthemic heavy rockers. It’s not exactly a ballad, but it’s not a fast song, and its power and strength are built on its mostly-slow pace. It’s a slow-moving heavy metal sledgehammer with drums and axe taking turns doing the dirty work…”

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Firestorm Rock Reviews

Originally posted April 13, 2016. Firestorm Rock Reviews, on the Apocalyptic Lovers’ new EP, Redemption Vol. I: “The good news is, well for me at least, is, its not as formulaic as you may suspect or even expect. There has clearly been a lot of discussion and soul searching in the making of this album, and the quality of the writing, and the crafting of the songs proves this, without a doubt. Oh, and another thing, if you are expecting some soppy, wet rock ballads, WELL YOU WON’T FIND THEM HERE! Wooo Hooo! so you can put your lighters and phones away NOW! That has been one of my major bug bears over the years. You start to listen to a really cool rock album, just getting in to the groove, along comes track 4 which is invariably a bloody ballad. I am so pleased and relieved to report, Apocalyptic Lovers have not fallen into this trap. Well done guys. You deserve 5 ‘Fire’ review just for that.

‘Better Days‘ – This is how to open an album… Screaming guitar, and thundering drums and bass and a cracking rock scream. If your looking for all out arena or stadium rock, then you’ve just found it… Play this loud! The verses are driven along with a cool riff before we are treated to some nice vocal harmonies and key changes from pre-chorus into the chorus… This is good stuff!

‘Change Of Frequency‘ – This is where it all started for me. This was the first release from the EP, and checking in at over 6 minutes long it shows these guys are not afraid to break with convention. This is Apocalypic Lovers rock Opus, and is simply amazing. Starts off with rain and tolling bell and spoken verse, until the quiet guitar picking enters the scene, quickly followed by Roberts haunting vocals. Excellently executed use of structure and melody, combining to make this one outstanding track. Don’t be fooled by the quiet intro though, there is plenty of attitude and bite to come. A cool combination of quiet interludes, Drummer Dave Hope took a weekend away from his home in North Central Phoenix this past August to converge with the rest of his band mates at Mindrocket Studios in West Middlesex, PA. The recording process went extremely well and the band members parted for their current home states. And that’s when the plans for the release of their new EP, Redemption Volume 1, got interesting.

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It’s All About That Music

Originally posted March 28, 2016. Anna Libby of “It’s All About That Music” writes: “The first single, “Change Of Frequency”, was released on March 3 accompanied by the official video. I really like this song, which is the third song on the EP and second to the longest at 6:18. It starts out melancholic, then the tempo picks up with the chorus. Not one for religion myself, I don’t even mind the Bible verses at the beginning and the end. It actually compliments the song very well. We’ll backtrack now to song 1, “Better Days”. I foresee this one quickly becoming a fan favorite, as the guitar solos are strong here as well as the vocals. Both “Change Of Frequency” and “Better Days” are the instant download songs you will receive when you pre-order the album on iTunes.

The closest thing to a ballad on this album is song 7, “These Tears”. I have always loved a good ballad and, even though the tempo is a little faster than what one may typically classify as a certified ballad, it works very well with the rest of the album. The longest track at 6:35, I found myself utilizing the “repeat” option quite frequently. We all know how I love the long ones as well as a strong bass line and this one has both. “Killing For A Living” (song 2) is actually the shortest song at 3:52 but holds true to the old saying: “big things come in small packages”. The drums and guitar solo grabbed hold of me the first time I heard it, and have yet to let go.

“Who The Hell Are You” (song 4) and “Left In The Cold” (song 5) are just kick-ass feel good rock songs. There is just no other way to describe them. Each one of them could easily be heard in heavy rotation on any rock station around the globe. This applies to “Dying Day” (song 8) as well. I really love everything about this one from drums to the guitar solos to the bass line and everything in between. It is one of the harder tracks and sums up the EP flawlessly. The last song to discuss is “The Groove” (song 6). Where do I even begin? Starting out with a killer guitar solo and boasting one of the best bass lines on the album, this one is hands down my favorite. Nothing short of perfection, everything I love about a rock song is displayed here.

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Official First Review of Redemption Vol. I Hits the Press

Orginally posted March 28, 2016. Will TellTale, creator and co-host of the Night Time Fiasco internet radio show published the very first official review of Redemption Volume I on his blog.

One of our favorite quotes from his review: “The album explodes to start, kicking you in the face with Better Days. A heavy technical onslaught that shows influence from classic Ozzy albums among others. You are greeted by brutal guitar and powerful backup vocals right off the bat. It takes you back to the days when the music was not only fun to listen to, but it was also made you feel good, and musical talent was respected and expected. Another song that puts things into perspective is the slow and heavy groove, Who The Hell Are You. Something I’d like to ask the record executives that didn’t sign these guys in the 90’s. They are so much better than the cookie cutter glam bands that were forced on us at the tail end of the glam metal era. We won’t even talk about grunge. Unfortunately, the band and the fans who would have loved them were Left in the Cold, (Another badass song) by these idiot record companies.”

Check out the full review and be sure to follow Will TellTale’s blog at williamtelltale.blogspot.com.