Another review of a Japanese band and it's of VOW WOW with their 89s album "Helter Skelter". Commercial Hard Rock at its best is what the band plays. The record comes along a little leisurely but always with much power, alike BLACK SABBATHs "Tyr".
Apropos BLACK SABBATH. Their ex-bass player Neil Murray joins this record, too and with his references it's obvious, that he delivers us no immature stuff! The Japanese demonstrate us their abilities for some rocking songs and first-class melodylines.
The title song is an absolutely fantastic Beatles cover version, but their own songs don't have to dodge behind this. To name some examples: "Rock Me Now", a mid-tempo song, which could be on AUTOGRAPH's debut album besides "Turn Up The Radio" as a single hit. Or take "Turn On The Night", fantastic songstructures, fantastic choruses, a catchy tune of elitist class. Or take the ballad "Never Let You Go" with its majestical keyboards in the mid-part. Not to forget is the swinging "You're The One For Me" and the mighty "Talking 'Bout You" and...every song is a smasher.
I want also to emphasize the great, never tawdry-like keyboard working and the rough, middle-high, charismatic vocals. I give it 9 points because I still think that MAGNUM's "Vigilante" is the best in this category. (Online October 18, 2002)