‘Living And Dying In High Definition’, the second album from UK band Serpentine, is as strong as their impressive debut ‘A Touch Of Heaven’. This well produced and performed album is in a similar vein with the songs, again, being instantly likeable quality melodic rock, full of strong melodies and memorable choruses. Its harder metal edge is a refreshing change to a lot of soft rock/AOR, which suffer by being weak and lame. Serpentine succeed by maintaining the energy levels throughout with enough drama and dynamic to keep the album interesting. Former Shy/TNT vocalist Tony Mills and guitarist Chris Gould feed off one another so well they both consistently excel on the album. The superb opener ‘Deep Down (There’s A Price For Love)’ and follow-up ‘Philadelphia’ provide a perfect start, laying down the template for much of the album with most of the tracks coming across like a heavier version of Journey. Power ballads are featured heavily on the album with ‘Heartbreak Town’ and the stunning ‘Nuremberg’ standing out above the rest. Following a heart attack in 2010, Mills was replaced by Matt Black but the new vocalist only features on the limited edition tracks. Mills thankfully has made a good recovery and will be involved with the writing side for future projects. Hopefully, this change in personnel will not weaken the band. If you loved the debut release from Serpentine or you're a fan of the melodic hard rock genre then ‘Living And Dying In High Definition’ is an absolute must and will not disappoint.
LIVING AND DYING IN HIGH DEFINITION
Review by Dave Crewe
29th August 2011
1) Deep Down (There's a Price for Love)
4) Love is Blue
5) Where Do We Go From Here?
7) Best Days of Our Lives
8) Heartbreak Town
10) Forgotten Hopes
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"...instantly likeable quality melodic rock, full of strong melodies and memorable choruses."