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#albumoftheday = VEGA: WHO WE ARE

A lot of recent albums by the heavy metal bands I grew up with have disappointed me.  The latest Def Leppard album, for example.  I’ve listened to that one at least 15 times and it does nothing for me.  I just can’t get into it.  I think it’s their first terrible album, really.  Getting to my point, VEGA, who are a relatively new band, deliver Def Leppard style hard rock/heavy metal tunes that are bursting with the energy that’s missing from Lepp’s latest.  Nick Workman’s vocals are like Joe Elliot’s at his prime.  That said, VEGA’s sound isn’t a Def Leppard rip-off.  On the contrary, they’re simply influenced by them, along with countless other bands who used to dominate Dial MTV in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s.  I hear everything from Trixter to Dokken to Whitesnake to Journey in their tunes.  Opener “Explode” is a gigantic burst of heavy metal lightning.  “Every Little Monster” is an AOR lover’s dream. “Nothing is Forever” is a ballad befitting Cheap Trick. “We Got it All” blends old school metal with modern rock, which the band is also somewhat influenced by.  There isn’t a bad song on the album and it’s quite colorful with so many different influences.  If you think that classic rock and old school heavy metal are dead, listen to this and it will definitely change your mind. 


Nick Workman – Vocals
Tom Martin – Guitars
Daniel Chantrey – Drums
James Martin – Keyboards
Marcus Thurston – Guitars

Sat Jul 23, 2016 Steelhouse Festival (with BLUES PILLS, FASTWAY, THE DARKNESS etc.)

Buy Who We Are on Amazon U.S.

Buy Who We Are on Amazon U.K.



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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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