4 years of silence from L.A Power Grunge rockers U.P.O will be shattered March 30 with the release of the new album "The Heavy" which is just what the title says.....a real heavy effort from this band that parted ways with EPIC after their debut "No Pleasantries" in 2000.
Rick Parashar produced that album and has also done the mega heavy sound on the new album as well. I must admit that I wasn?t too fond of the first album since it?s too much of a post grunge record in my eyes but U.P.O has put in more numetal with a hard rock vibe on the new record.
Their debut contained a couple of real nice songs and to my joy, there are even more songs on that level on "The Heavy".
Singer Shawn Albro has a typical grunge voice and the grunge influences from bands like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden are still there on their 2004 effort but a minor dose.
The songs "Go","The Fall" and "The Underground" could?ve been on the 2000 album with a more laid back Seattle rocking vibe over them.
Then they get heavier with a mighty approach on tunes like "Murder At The Movies" and "Free", gosh how I love these devilshly rocking tracks.
Guitarist Chris Weber brings out the best of himself when he gives us the six string shock on the uptempo rockers "Lies","It?s Alright" and "N.Y.W.M".
Thumbs up for the awesome drum/bass production.....HEAVY INDEED!
Melodic Net Comments
Yeah its in mytop 5!!
Saw them with Creed in HARTFORD BLEW them AWAY!!
Some of the bestsongs ever. I hope the boyz can put out another disc some day. I need MORE GOOD ROCK!!!
Yeah, Glad to see some of the guys are still workin and writin hits. Have to Admit the songs do still stand the test of time! Sorry to hear about the guitar player! hope to hear more in the future
Wow this really was an under rated band and the songs still hold up as with any great rock record. ANd Yes the singer Definatley has some of the stongest pipes in the biz!
His voice is not typical at all its very unusual and good
How can you even think of saying that he has a "typical grunge voice" Shawn Albro is one of the top three best vocalists in the history of rock.