G'day from down under, Glam fans! Hansel is a relatively new, unsigned band from Australia and boy are they Glam! I'm pretty sure the guys in the band are serious but the video clip for "Murder 101" sort of has parody written all over it. I think it's that nu-Glam complexity of mixing modern Buckcherry with classic Dokken and coming out looking a little like Steel Panther. At any rate, the tunes on the band's debut Never Say Die are quite infectious - definitely something I know most - if not all - of you will dig.
The song names are crazy. In addition to "Murder 101" there are tunes like "The Whole Nine Yards," "Vampire" and "1-800-Pleasuretown" - yeah. I mean, does it get any better?
It seems like there's a lot of gloom and doom in metal these days and that's fine: life isn't all kittens and lollipops. Then again, there's not a damn thing wrong with being happy and I sure as heck would rather hear a party anthem than something lame, and this is where Hansel delivers. I'd love to attend a Hansel concert!
You know what else? While the song titles are cheesy they really have rhythm! Yes, there's rock here! If you check out Never Say Die and want some more Hansel, you can check out their EP, Mission to Rock released in 2008.
The track list for Never Say Die:
1. I Don’t Need Saving (All I Need Is Rock ‘N’ Roll)
3. Rock City
4. On The Run
5. Wild Tonight
6. Rocketship of Love
7. Between A Rock and a Hard Place
9. Murder 101
11. The Whole Nine Yards
Did I mention I like Never Say Die? I do. Buy it.