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Victory - Don’t Talk Science

Label: Golden Core/ZYX Music
Format: CD download
Released: 2011
Reviewed By: Mark Gromen
Rating: 6/ 10


Long before he was falling off stages with Accept, guitarist Hermann Frank continued in Victory, alongside original guitarist/producer Tommy Newton, the German outfit which traces its lineage back to that infamous ’85 high-heeled spread eagle covered eponymous debut. At that time, vocals were handled by former Ted Nugent singer Charlie Huhn and Frank joined a year later.

 

The opening ‘Restless’ could be an Accept outtake, a lively thumper, but that’s the only such comparison. Most of the lyrical stance surrounds women (the pursuit, complaints over and conquest for) and a few times comes off as lowest common denominator 80s Sunset Strip strut (‘Speak Up’, cowbell laden ‘Rockstar’, the squawk box Warrant reject ‘Right Between The Eyes’). The gritty, whiskey-soaked voiced ‘No Return’ strikes the proper balance, almost a Kiss vibe. ‘Go To Hell’ temporarily revives the Autobahn velocity, punctuated by plenty of F-bombs. Inexplicably, they’ve decided to end with a cover of the Pointer Sisters’ ‘I’m So Excited’. This is the second time (?) Frank opted for said track, using it for his Poison Sun debut (Virtual Sin), just last year!

Can’t say I share his enthusiasm and I just can’t hide it.

 
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