Gotthard - 'Bang!'

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THE BAND:
Nic Maeder - vocals, additional guitars
Leo Leoni - guitar
Freddy Scherer - guitars
Marc Lynn - bass guitar
Hena Habegger - drums

 

 

 

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) " Let Me in Katie" - This is a vocal & special effects scene.
2.) "Bang!" -This intro consisted of a single rhythm guitar that riff comes just out of the left speaker.  In between each left speaker riff there is a second rhythm guitar riff.  This riff comes out of both speakers.  These two rhythm riffs are repeated eight times.  Underneath the first six guitar riffs there was a hi-hat rhythm. This rhythm was there to set the time of the song.  Underneath the seventh and eighth riff there was a short tom-tom fill.  For the musical verse the band used the same riff that the intro consisted of.  It sounded as if there was a palm muting guitar rhythm effect in between the musical rests.  There was a small snare drum fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  This chorus had one of the biggest vocal hooks I believe I have ever heard.  Over the top of the musical arrangement leading into the chorus Nic sings four vocal accents to connect the lyrical verse with the lyrical chorus.  Gatthard wrote the second and third choruses to where they were back to back.  After the third chorus, there was a small breakdown section.   This breakdown section lead to the lead guitar solo.  The solo the band wrote was very simple.  With that being said, the rhythm guitars are so strong that the song really did not need a lead guitar solo.  There are little lead guitar licks underneath the vocal lines of the fifth chorus.  3.) "Get Up 'n' Move On" - This track opens with a rhythm riff coming just out of the left speaker as the riff progresses the main intro kicks-in.  When the second rhythm guitar kicks-in the song has a very heavy feel to it.  There was a small snare drum fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  There was a rhythm guitar arrangement change for the musical pre-verse.  For the musical pre-verse the guitar arrangement switches back and forth between one guitar to two.  Over the top of the musical arrangement between the pre-verse and verse Nic sings repeats the last lyric of the lyric line of the pre-verse.  The third lyric line of the verse was double-tracked.  There was a musical arrangement change for the musical chorus.  Underneath the vocals of the chorus there was a very minor lead guitar solo.  Much like the first song the band placed the first and second choruses back to back.  After the third chorus there was a very intense twin lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo ran underneath the third chorus.  Though the song runs at three minutes and thirty-two seconds long the way the band arranged it made it sound a lot longer.   4.) "Feel What I Feel" -  This intro consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements.  Underneath the guitar arrangements there was a keyboard arrangement.  The keyboard arrangement really was not needed however if does give the musical intro a more full sound.  Over the top of the two rhythm guitar arrangements there was a minor lead guitar solo.  There was an arrangement change for the musical pre-verse.  The way the guitar rhythm was arranged allowed the bass and drum line become the main instrumentation.  The fourth and fifth lyric lines of the pre-verse were double-tracked.  The last lyric was repeated connecting the musical pre-verse with the verse.  There was a very short musical rest connecting the pre-verse with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a lead guitar riff over the top of a separate rhythm guitar arrangement.  The lyric lines of the chorus had a huge hook attached to them.  To connect the first chorus with the second verse there was a small intro repeat.  The lead guitar solo begins underneath the third chorus.         
5.) "C'Est la Vie" - This intro consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement over the top of a piano.  There were a couple vocal accents over the top of the intro arrangement.  The way this intro section was arranged reminded me a lot of some of the stuff Nikki Sixx has been written with Sixx A.M.  As the intro progresses it sounded like the band incorporated a squeeze-box.  The band used the same arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro.  The backing harmonies of the choruses were amazing!!!  After the second chorus there was a minor acoustic lead guitar solo.    
6.) "Jump the Gun" - This track opens with a blues riff.  After the opening blues riff there was a keyboard arrangement kick-in.  Over the top of the tail end of the intro there were a few vocal lines.  These vocal lines gave this section of the song a late seventies Whitesnake feel.  After the opening pre-intro and main intro section there was a drastic musical change.  There was a snare drum fill connecting the intro with the musical verse.  The band used the same rhythm guitar with an added distortion effect.  This effect gave the song a very heavy sound.  There was a rhythm guitar change underneath the opening lyric line of the verse.  I sounded like the lyric lines of the verse were double-tracked.  There was a backing harmony connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  The rhythm guitar tracks on this song just blew me away!!!!  There was a lead guitar solo connecting the second chorus with a short breakdown section.  Over the coda there was a vocal line.        
7.) "Spread Your Wings" - This track opened with a single lead guitar riff.  As the riff progressed the band added more instruments.  Over the top of the musical intro there was a vocal accent.  There was a snare drum fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The guitar arrangement, bass line and vocal line all played the same notes.  There was a drastic musical change underneath the lyric lines of the first verse.  The way Gotthard arranged the verse gave it an early Whitesnake sound.  The musical verse consisted of a keyboard and guitar arrangement.  As the verse progressed the band speeded up the beats per minute.  The choruses of this song were nothing to really brag about.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  After the solo there was a very short almost progressive breakdown section.    
8.) " I Won't Look Down" - This track opened with a keyboard effect.  The main body of the intro was very reminiscent to Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir".  The band used the same musical arrangement for the verse as the one for the intro.  There were several backing harmonies leading into the musical chorus.  The band kept the chorus arrangements very simple.  There was a lead guitar solo connecting the second chorus with the third chorus.   
9.) "My Belief" - This track opens with a single rhythm guitar riff.  After the riff is repeated four times the rest of the band kicks-in.  For the main body of the intro the band changed the rhythm guitar riff.  For the musical verse the band changed the rhythm guitar arrangement to a electric picking arrangement.  The way the rhythm guitar was arranged let the bass line bleed through.  There was a snare drum fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  The band really did not change the musical chorus too much.  There are a couple lead guitar licks underneath the vocal lines of the second chorus.  Though the solo was short, had a very intense feel to it.  The lead guitar solo ran underneath both the third and fourth choruses.  
10.) "Maybe" - This duet had a very modern Bon Jovi sound to it.
11.) "Red on a Sleeve" - This was a classic Gattard song!!!! 

 

     Every CD Gotthard has released has reached the Switzerland rock charts.  This feat has surpassed Krokus making Gotthard the premiere hard rock flagship coming from their homeland of Switzerland.
    'Bang!' is the eleventh studio release from Gotthard.  Of the band's eleven studio releases, this is the second CD with lead vocalist Nic Maeder.  Nic replaced original vocalist and co-founder Steve Lee who passed away from a motorcycle accident on October 5, 2011.  The songs on 'Bang!' solidify that the guys in the band made the right decision with the hiring of Nic.  Though the songs on 'Bang!' are more melodic and at times heavier than their last release titled, 'Firebirth' it is the next step within the evolution of the band with a new lead singer and co-songwriter.  The eleven tracks on the release shows the guys within the band along with the new vocalist are becoming comfortable with each other and writing as a cohesive unit.  No one can say if in the future this new version of Gotthard will be better than Gotthard with Steve Lee on vocals.  However, it definitely sounds like they are on the right path.  Comparing 'Bang!' with the other Gotthard releases, it ranks up there somewhere in the middle of their catalog.  If you are a fan of good solid melodic hard rock you should really check this release out!