Three years in the making, numerous headlining European tours, and now two studio albums, Hard Rock and Glam-inspired band, Chase The Ace, aren’t a band that messes around. “Hell Yeah!” is their second album which was released on 24th November, but available to fans and converts up and down the Country during their tour with Hardcore Superstar and Michael Monroe earlier this Autumn.
Hailing from Israel, eager to deliver their slick, rejuvenated sound to the masses; ‘Chase The Ace’ is here to provide a fresh take on the modern Glam Rock scene. This is a group who are grasping at the classic Rockstar story – leaving normal lives behind, following their dream around the world, and spending most of their time where people are going to take notice – on the stage.
“The Stalker” is the opening track on the album, and demonstrates the awesome sound Chase The Ace are out to achieve. The Glam Metal influence can be heard right of the bat, especially through the unique vocals from frontman, Roi, made even more intriguing by his emphasising certain elements of the song in a way you wouldn’t usually hear.
Title track, “Hell Yeah!” is a classic fast-paced sing-a-long track, with an awesome harmony from the whole band, from the instruments to backing vocals. The wailing guitar and bass throughout makes this song sound huge – add in the face-melting guitar solo, and all you’re missing is a crowd full of people to put this track to good use.
“Dead Man Rocking” is my favourite track on the album, simply because it ticks all the boxes. It serves up heavy drum crushing beats, aggressive guitar and bass riffs, and hard-hitting, grizzly vocals.
The album also holds two incredible covers, “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival and “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top. What I loved about these tracks was how the band not only brought them up to speed, with a much heavier power-driven sound, but were also able to include their own distinguishable sound in a way that makes it their own. In addition to this, with 11 original tracks on the album, there was no real requirement to include these tracks, but it’s a great touch, not only to ease in new listeners with familiarity, but to ensure the consumer is getting their money’s worth.
“Running As Fast As I Can (With My Eyes Closed)” is an up-beat acoustic track, and the last on the album. This is a great track to close on and shows the band have more than one side to them, with a great melodic dual guitar, and controlled vocal range from Roi. Besides, surely all Glam Rock acts have to have an acoustic Ballad at some point!
I’ve become a big fan of the work these guys are producing in the past few months, mainly -as a result of their live performances. On the occasions I’ve seen them play, they’ve provided a high-energy performance and a huge stage presence to match, impressing fans and bystanders alike.
If I had to make a criticism, I’d say the album didn’t do the band justice, and came across toned down. Of course, live performances are expected to be more intense and in your face than sitting in your living room listening to a CD, but I still think there was a lack of power in both the vocals and lead guitar, which I saw on stage.
Overall, the album delivered a terrific blend of nostalgic Heavy Rock, combining the sound of Guns ‘n’ Roses, the early adolescent Glam Rock of Skid Row, and a modern twist similar to that of Jettblack and Steel Panther (without the eccentricity).
Set You On Fire
Dead Man Rocking
Out of Reach
Sharp Dressed Man
Still Got It
Prisoner in Paradise
Running As Fast As I Can (With My Eyes Closed)
Roi Vito Peleg – Vocals / Rhythm Guitar
Yam Artzy – Drums / Back Vocals
Dan Parsons – Lead Guitar / Back Vocals
Yair Gadon – Bass / Back Vocals