Chicago’s Relentless is starting to make some progress in the turning heads department. Two years ago they put out a very solid debut album with a very old school mixture of heavy and doom metal, all fronted by a talented female vocalist. The package had a very retro feel to it sounding like it genuinely came out of the 80s. I don’t feel these guys are jumping on the bandwagon with the NWOTHM vibe going on across the globe these days, as it feels very genuine. Well now they are about to embark on a multiple country European tour and are about to relelase their sophomore album. The doomy feel of the first album is downplayed significantly as the band focuses on a more traditional style. Again this album from cover art, to production (which is solid but very understated), to the music itself has a very 80’s feel to it. Again just like the first album, the genuine feel is still there and it really sounds like a labor of love. Carlee Jackson really has a solid voice which really fits the music here nicely. Tim Pearson is the chief songwriter here and he has written some really good tunes, that though they have a subtle approach, they end up rather powerful. The momentum of the band is mounting, let’s hope it carries them on to bigger and better, as I hope to hear a lot more out of these guys!
Choice Tracks – Night Terrors, Eye Of The Storm, Point Of No Return, Dawn Of The Night, Armed To The Teeth