Shiraz Lane - 'For Crying Out Loud'

THE BAND:
Hannes Kett - Lead Vocals
Jani Laine - Lead Guitar
Miki Kalske - Rhythm Guitar
Joel Alex – Bass
Ana Willman - Drums

 



TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "Wake Up" - This intro opened with a small snare fill.  Instead of a rhythm guitar arrangement for this intro, the musical intro actually consisted of two separate minor lead guitar solos.  As early as I can remember I believe this was the first time I have ever heard an intro that consisted of two separate minor lead guitar solo one a top the other for a musical intro.  The drum line of the intro consisted of several real quick tom-tom fills.  Hannes sings the lyric "fight the power" to connect the musical intro with the musical verse.  Underneath Hannes vocal there was a rhythm guitar change.  Hannes carries out the lyric "power" showing his vocal power and control.  Hannes's vocals of the verse are very reminiscent to Sebastian Bach's vocals on Skid Row's 'Slave To The Grind' released on June 11, 1991.  The musical verse consisted of two rhythm guitar arrangements.  One of the rhythm guitar riffs consisted of several lead guitar licks.  There was a mean lead guitar lick in between the second and third lyric line of the first measure of the first verse.  The first and third lyric line of the second measure consisted of a backing vocal.  For the musical chorus there was a rhythm guitar change.  Both Jani and Miki switch to play the same rhythm arrangement for the musical chorus.  For the third verse Jani added a few lead guitar licks to his rhythm arrangement. After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to the lead guitar solo.  I am not sure however it sounded as if Jani overdubbed his led guitar solo over the top of his rhythm guitar arrangement.  This gave the rhythm guitar arrangements underneath the solo section a very heavy sound.  For the third chorus Hannes carries some of his vocal notes out showing his great vocal ability.  Underneath the lead vocal lines of the coda there was a minor lead guitar solo.  The song ended with a huge vocal scream.
2.) "Momma's Boy" - In a strange way the pre-intro to this song reminded me of a heavy metal version of theme music to a sixties or seventies cop show.  The main intro section was basic.  One of the highlights of the main intro was the use of a cowbell.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The fifth lyric line consisted of a vocal scream.  The first lyric line of the pre-chorus consisted of a backing vocal.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  It sounded as if the second verse consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements.  After the third chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a lead guitar solo.          
3.) "House Of Cards" - This track opens with a single rhythm guitar riff.  After the riff a second rhythm guitar kicks-in.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The way the rhythm guitar was arranged lets the vocal track become the main focus of the song.  The fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth, ninth and tenth lyric lines consisted of a backing vocal.  There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus.  After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo for this song was the best on the CD so far.

4.) "Begging For Mercy" - Musically this was the best song on the release. 
5.) "Same Ol' Blues" - This was an amazing ballad that really expresses Hannes vocal ability.
6.) "Mental Slavery" - Taken from Shiraz Lane's E.P. 'Be The Slave Or Be The Change' released on May 8, 2015.
7.) "Behind The 8-Ball" - Taken from Shiraz Lane's E.P. 'Be The Slave Or Be The Change' released on May 8, 2015.
8.) "For Crying Out Loud" - There was a lead vocal accent over the top of this intro arrangement.  The musical intro consisted of a huge hook.  There was a rhythm change for the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements.  The chorus consisted of a huge eighties hard rock hook.  There was several lead guitar licks connecting the musical chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  After the third chorus there was a breakdown section.  The drum line of the breakdown section consisted of a snare drum rhythm.  After the breakdown there was a musical rhythm change.     
9.) "Bleeding" - By far the best song on the CD!!!!
10.) "M.L.N.W." - This intro consisted of two seperate rhythm guitar arrangements.  For the musical verse the band changed one of the rhythm guitar arrangements and keep one the same as the one they used for the intro.  There was a very cool bass line for the musical verse.  The chorus had a huge hook attached to it.  After the second chorus there was a very melodic lead guitar solo.  After the lead guitar solo there was a breakdown section.  The band kept this song very simple and straight forward.



    Hot off the heels of the release of their third E.P. in May 2015 along with a successful tour opening for the Finnish glam band Santa Cruz.  The hype surrounding the band caught the eye of Frontier Records to which offered Shiraz Lane a recording contract.  Shiraz Lane's first release from Frontiers titled, 'For Crying Out Loud' is also the band's first full-length CD.  'For Crying Out Loud' contains ten tracks eight new songs and two songs taken off their 2015 E.P. 'Be The Slave Or Be The Change'.  The band is heavily reminiscent to the late eighties and early nineties American glam metal bands such as Enuff Z Nuff.  There are times when vocalist Hannes Kett reminded you a lot of Sebastian Bach and the way he sang on Skid Row's June 11, 1991 release 'Slave To The Grind' and their song "Monkey Business". This release has some amazing songwriting talent for a group of young adults in their twenties.  'For Crying Out Loud'  is a trip down the glam memory lane now are they going to change the heavy metal scene like GnR did on July 21, 1987 with the release of 'Appetite for Destruction'?  I do not see that happening!  However, I do see fans of glam metal really liking this band.  If you are a fan of glam metal you should really check Shiraz Lane's 'For Crying Out Loud' out.