"Supared" (Sanctuary)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Supared is a hard rock band whose 14-track, self-titled release does a fine job of walking the fine line between cliché and uniquely clever. While members of this quartet have been in a few outfits (most notably Helloween), they avoid being a knock-off of any singular style by incorporating many different genres into its mix. The result is some solid slabs of hard rock that exude good songwriting with cohesive twists and turns, a stellar usage of melodics (both in the verses and choruses) and, overall, a sound that lets the best of '80s rock, '90s grunge, and today's alternative metal share the surroundings. 

For example, the Seattle-esque groove of "Can I Know Now" is an in-your-face tune that combines vocal harmonies you'd find in an emo band colliding with a searing guitar outro that screams of the Sunset Strip. There's a whole lot of that going on here, and if you're a fan of the cream of the crop from every viable hard rock genre after 1975, then Supared is going to be quite the enjoyable listen for you. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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