POLUTION - review added 24th May 2012
Album Review: Beyond Control (2012)
For fans of: Hard Rock
Swiss band Polution was founded in 1997, originally focusing on cover-versions of heavy rock and metal bands like AC/DC, Metallica and Motörhead. Since then they've started playing around with their own compositions, resulting in their debut "Overheated" in 2007. "Beyond Control" is the follow-up.
The band's sound is a right old mixture, probably resulting from that initial existence as a covers band. The album starts off with a strong punk metal vibe, before heading off through Antipodean heavy rock, modern soft rock in the vein of Nickelback and more. It's a album that does a good job of keeping the listener guessing from one moment to the next, though you'll be hard pressed to find much with true originality.
The quality of musicianship and singing are both decent, as is the production, though it does come across with plenty of rough-around-the-edges character. Those vocals are a tad shouty for my ears, though I bet Pascal Gwerder kicks ass on the stage.
For me this is more of a reference disc for a live show than a real album. It's okay, but you know these guys are in their element on the stage, not in a studio. By all means buy if you plan to see them (and you should), but have a listen first.
Overall (Not An Average Of The Above):
01. Rising Danger
03. Live Until You Die
04. Forever And A Day
05. Follow Me
07. The Band
11. Bite Me
Marcel Betschart– Lead guitar
Andreas Betschart Bass Guitar
Armin Betschart – Drums
Matthias Betschart – Rhythm Guitar
Pascal Gwerder – Vocals