Effectively a debut album, ‘Jail‘ by Swedish band Confess landed in my inbox as a complete unknown as I had never heard of them. So, I put it on nice and loud and went off to paint a wall. There is a short intro track which I could have done without however a minute or two in I put down the paintbrush.
‘Relationshit‘ was kinda awesome, high octane sleazy punk and just what I like from sleazy Swedes. At this point I sent a You Tube link to some sleaze loving friends and said ‘Have you heard of them?‘ The response was ‘No should I?‘ followed by a minute later with a ‘Holy Shit, why haven’t I?‘ So wasn’t just me then.
‘Scream‘ is fairly typical of the genre they remind me a little of early Skid Row and the little known Trash. ‘Pay Before I Go‘ has an americana feel and is thrashy and fun, there’s some really nice dual guitars on this album and the musicianship is a cut above many others in the genre. The songs are well crafted too, there honestly isn’t one on the album I dislike.
The ballad ‘Take Aim‘ is choral and orchestral although it has to be said there are no loving smoochy lyrics on this CD, it’s the blacker shade of pale, ‘Blood Stained Highway‘ being a case in point. John Elliot has a strong voice that suits the songs and has enough strength to extend notes and screams that many cop out from. Put this together with a rather powerhouse rhythm section and you realise this is actually a rather talented band. I love the quirky sounds they throw in, such as an Irish jig in the middle of ‘Setting Sail‘.
What makes music a ‘genre’ is a similarity in sound and this is no exception but they constantly throw you off course with a real metal riff or full on harmonies. It’s difficult to pick a favourite track but ‘Got Lucky‘ is a contender, I can’t really explain why but it drives along and comes in with a lighter waving, audience participation chorus.
‘Cardiac Arrest‘ is riffy and is as metal as all get out. ‘Get Me Down‘ would be a great set starter or a finisher, just good honest rock n roll and ‘Intervention (Sin and Tonic Pt 2)‘ is a nod towards Scandinavian Symphonic with a harder edge.
Back on the quest for a favourite track I have to say I might just plump for final track ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It‘, a cover of the Tina Turner song. Covers can go either way, they can fail miserably or the band can put their own stamp on it and make it an awesome song in it’s own right. Confess pull off the latter. So, if you like Skid Row, Crashdiet, Hardcore Superstar or Reckless Love etc. I think you may write me a thank you note for drawing Confess to your attention.
If you like Skid Row, Crashdiet, Hardcore Superstar or Reckless Love etc. I think you may write me a thank you note for drawing Confess to your attention