In a perfect world The Norwegian rock band KARDANG would be all over the radio doing major tours around the world. They’ve somehow blended 50 years of rock into one cohesive sound. You can hear AC/DC, Matchbox 20, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and a slew of others, but you’ve never quite heard it put together like they have.
Great guitar riffs, a lot of 4/4 drums beats, but beautiful melodies and the amazing voice of frontman Chris Williams. They have the perfect sound that can bleed into Alternative and Country, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who could really dislike this band.
As more of a Metal guy there are times I would like them to turn it up to the next level, but they don’t need to, they’re right where they need to be for these times. They right songs like “Everybody” and “Don’t Let Me Drive” to be played live, they’re not lyrically too deep, they’re just fun.
“Change Of Heart” and “When The Water Runs Dry” are deeper and more retrospective. Most bands can’t do both, they seemed to have already mastered several styles as this sounds like an “album” from the 70’s where you get to hear many sides and influences of a band.
They NAIL the hook on “We’re All Gonna Be Alright”. It’s more of an AOR track but it’s phenomenal and emotional. It could be the sleeper cut on the album if they choose to release it as a single.
Of course there’s room for improvement, a few songs the chorus doesn’t quite live up to the way the songs opens with a strong verse. It’s a small problem and some people might flat out disagree with me. Overall though it’s an exceptional album, a lot to absorb too, it won’t be an album you listen to and toss to the side.
I’m really excited about this band, I hope they realize the immense talent they have, the sky is the limit for them. I think their blue collar approach will be appreciated by a huge range of fans.
Chris Williams – Vocals
Boogie Silver – Guitars
Jonkis – Lead Guitars
Terry Hammer – Bass
Freddy – Drums