Weight Of The World | review

Harem Scarem were formed in 1988 and their self-tited debut saw the light of day in Canada in 1991. They followed this up in 1993 with the classic album Mood Swings. I hadn't heard a lot of Harem Scarem and I was a bit sceptical of this being another standard Frontiers Records melodic rock fest. How wrong I was because...

...Weight of the World is incredible.

From the opening track I knew this was going to be special. This was going to be high-quality hard rock with a difference and even now I don't even know where to start. This is so good that it could make it on commercial radio (as it was in the late 80s anyway - radio doesn't play anything special today). This is a hard rocking monster with generous melodies that works like nothing I've heard in this genre recently. There's a generous helping of vocal harmonies and melodies that are huge but it gives it a moody feel to it as well.

And it's all very reminiscent of some early Def Leppard too without the pomp and ceremony that they attracted. The songs are short which means you're not hearing any self-indulgent rubbish and the album ends after 37 minutes - but what a 37 minutes they are. I could start on the dreamlike production or the startling energy of vocalist Harry Hess. I could even talk up the extremely intricate work of drummer Creighton Doane or the work of guitarist Pete Lesperance but there's no need really. Just take my enthusiasm for saying this is what melodic rock should be about.

Weight of the World - there's so much to talk about but I just want to say this is one of the best melodic rock albums that will be released in 2002. Do yourself, your friends, your enemies, your neighbours, and anybody else you consider, a favour and get hold of this wonderful album by Harem Scarem.

Review by Gary
Originally posted at progpower.de