LOCOMOTIVE BREATH - CHANGE OF TRACK
(A) Lion Music,
13 tracks, RT: 55:32
Man, this thing rules. I'd heard Locomotive Breath in
the past but the band has definitely hit on something
special with CHANGE OF TRACK. I've had this disc for
months but the review never got written until now
because I've just kept on playing and cranking it. It
isn't so much that the sound is unique -- I'd maybe
compare it to heavy Dokken and Skid Row's SLAVE TO THE
GRIND, with some Zakk Wylde guitar moments and a
singer who sorta sounds like a throatier version of
Jeff Scott Soto -- as it is the songs just freakin'
ROCK! The opening 1-2-3 punch of "H.M.M." (stands for
"Heavy Mental Meltdown"), "Shadow," and "What I've
Become" just rules, and this will always get big
thumb's up from me. And it's all top-notch borderline
hard rock/heavy metal the rest of the way, too. The
band members -- singer Mattias Osback, guitarist Janne
Stark, bassist Marcel Jacob, and drummer Ted
Wernersson -- are all expertly skilled and it shows.
They stand tall on their own merits but call in guest
stars Hank Shermann, Mattias "IA" Eklundh, Tommy
Denander, and Lars Eric Mattsson for, as the press kit
describes it, a "guitar orgy" of a closing
instrumental track, "Gargleblaster," that's dedicated
to "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" author
Douglas Adams. Awesome, awesome album. - Tim Wadzinski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Detritus Rock/Metal e-zine
"Rock Hard With A Purpose"
Change Of Track
Reviewed by :
Locomotive Breath is the domain of axe legend Janne
Starke, leaden lead-poisoner from Overdrive, whose
Swords And Axes album is one of the great unsung
metal platters of the ‘80s. Now onto record #3, the
band has raised the stadium rock quotient, elegant
and regal lead singer Mattias Osback more part of
the writing process than on the comparatively
oppressive Heavy Machinery, his debut with the band.
Fact is, I’m playing this damn record all the time
these days, Change Of Track being a near heavenly
cross between Masterplan, Ark and Jorn Lande solo,
touched by the golden wand of European hair metal
from the ‘80s, grounded by the heaviest,
player-concerned material from the L.A. scene ’83 to
’91. Heavy, punchy, bloody smart about all things
metal, this record just moves from strength to
strength, even if Osback says some very strange
things (see opener ‘H.M.M.’). But the damn thing is
just sparkly, hugely groovy, guitar-mad but rhythmic.
And if listening to all those guys compete for the
spotlight ain’t enough fun for you, Osback jumps
intotheashing ‘Speed Driven’ and the heavy yet
touching ‘What I’ve Become’, which concerns doing
well enough to please one’s father. Knocked off a
lone mark, due to a sameyness of structure (basically
too much of a good thing). Weirdly (I always scrunch
up when people say this), I might have liked this
better as a ten or 11 track album, but I damn well
love it anyway.
BREATH ‘CHANGE OF TRACK’ (LION MUSIC/BERTUS)
The Swedish band LOCOMOTIVE
BREATH has been on the scene for over a decade now, with every
now and then a new CD release. The latest release ‘Change of
track’ might well be their best effort so far. This album is
filled with superb high quality music which is a mix of classic
80s Melodic Hardrock and traditional Melodic European Power
Metal, kinda like a mix between TALISMAN and NOCTURNAL RITES.
Their albums had a certain more groovy Hardrock approach, but
with this new album it seems that LOCOMOTIVE BREATH has chosen
for a more melodic tougher rock/metal sound, not far away
actually from the classic ALLEN/LANDE delivered recently. Still
the guitarwork is big and fat, adding that kinda touch a good
strong melodic hardrock album needs to have. The mixture of
heavy fat guitarwork, superb vocalwork a la JEFF SCOTT SOTO and
strong melodic choruses (a la NOCTURNAL RITES) make this album a
true winner for all fans of melodic rock/metal. Absolute
highlights between the 13 included tracks are “Shadow” (fantastic),
“What I’ve become” (superb), “Speed driven”, “Firestarter”, “Phyxius”,
“Kingdom of tragedy” and “I’ll be fighting”. Most of the songs
are uptempo and without a doubt this time bandleader of
LOCOMOTIVE BREATH (and Swedish Rock/Metal guru) JANNE STARK has
delivered a masterpiece in the Swedish Rock/Metal genre, so
better check it out asap!
(Points: 8.9 out of 10)
LOCOMOTIVE BREATH -
Change Of Track
by: MICK BURGESS www.metalexpressradio.com
Do you ever get sick and tired of changing genres and
sub-genres and cross-overs of this and that? Do you hark
back to the more straightforward days where when you bought
a Hard Rock album you knew what you were getting? Well, the
new Locomotive Breath album, Change of Track, could
be just what you have been waiting to find.
Swedish-based Locomotive Breath released their first
album back in 1997, playing a Melodic Hard Rock/Progressive
Metal style. 2005 sees the release of their third album,
which marks the debut of former Malmsteen and Talisman
bassist, Marcel Jacob.
Marcel Jacob makes his presence felt in the song writing
department, with songs that are hard-edged, yet deliciously
melodic. The sound of Locomotive Breath could be described
as Talisman with the smooth edges sawn off, with a touch of
Black Label Society attitude chucked in for good measure.
The real jewel of the band has to be vocalist Mattias
Osback, who comes on like a raw version of Jeff Scott Soto.
This guy has real soul in his voice, but with a gritty-edged
power to it. In the current climate of whiney Power-Pop and
growly Nu-Metal/Death Metal/New Wave of something or other
Metal, it is so refreshing to hear a singer who can belt out
a decent tune in such a convincing and passionate fashion.
Change of Track kicks off in convincing style with
“H.M.M.” What H.M.M means is in question, but that doesn't
matter one jot as this track is a real shitkicker. A word of
warning, however, do not drive with this on in your car as
it’s impossible to listen to this track without planting the
accelerator straight to the floor. The bizarre lyrics add a
twist to the song ... "People talk and track and shoot on
your bloated chest … watch you eat a hamster, puts my
stomach to the test!" What does that all mean?? Who cares
!!! This is a great way to open up an album. One could
almost imagine Dave Wyndorf and Monster Magnet kicking
themselves for not writing this first.
“Shadow” follows and treads a more straightforward,
mid-paced melodic style with Osbacks’ Jeff Scott Soto style
emulated to maximum effect. Guitarist Janne Stark comes up
with the icing on the cake in the form of a particularly
fine solo in the mid-section of the song.
The heavy riffing included in “What I’ve Become” belies
the agonising lyrical content of a son desperate for his
father’s recognition and approval. The lyrics themselves are
poignant and could quite easily sit comfortably within the
context of a touching ballad. If this is an
auto-biographical piece, then surely the father concerned
can look at Change of Track with a sense of pride.
The first of the albums two ballads, “Leaving My Heart
With You,” follows but doesn’t quite hit the heights of the
preceding tracks. The same cannot be said of “Speed Driven,”
which features perhaps the most aggressive riff on the disc,
yet is welded together by a finely harmonized chorus.
“Feel My Rage” is another romping thunderfest, powered
along by some thumping double bass drum work by Ted
“High on Illusion” is one of the album's many highlights,
where everything really does click in to place. Again, this
kicks off with a fine riff that could well be heard the
length and breadth of guitar shops across the land. In
keeping with the rest of the album, there is a particularly
effective harmony vocal to the chorus. The verse is
reminiscent to Marching Out-era Malmsteen and the
same could be said of “Kingdom of Tragedy.”
Album closer, the instrumental “Gargleblaster” features a
plethora of guests, including Hank Sherman (Mercyful Fate),
Mattias Eklundh (from the excellent Freak Kitchen), Tommy
Deander (Radioactive) and solo star Lars Eric Mattson book
results in a guitarfest tribute to Hitchhikers Guide to the
Galaxy author, Douglas Adams.
Locomotive Breath have produced a thoroughly enjoyable
album full of great riffs, top class melodies, and harmonies
topped off by a superb vocal performance ... and if you want
to hear a great Hard Rock album you’d be hard pushed to find
a better example than Change of Track.
Locomotive Breath - Change of
Rock Mag journalist and former guitarist of the Swedish 80´s rock
band Overdrive,Janne Stark - keeps going strong with his new baby
"Change of track" is in fact the 3rd album from LB - the band
consists of Janne on Guitars,Mattias Osbäck-Vocals,Ted
Wernersson-Drums and Talisman bassman Marcel Jacobs who´s helping
out on the new album.
We´re talking melodic hard rock with lots of 80´s vibes,I haven´t
heard the debut "Train of events" from 1997 but I have the previous
album "Heavy machinery" (2002) in my collection and I think the new
album is a bit better.
One reason is that Stark had the good sense of including 2 ballads
on "Change of track" which HM totally lacks of and the more heavy
songs also feels stronger on the new album.
If Dio and Talisman had a baby it would be called Locomotive
Breath,all freaks of guitar extravaganza will be pleased to hear
that the album ends with the instrumental guitar orgy "Gargleblaster"
which features guest appearances from Hank Shermann (Fate),Tommy
Denander,Mattias Ia Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) and Lars Eric Mattsson.
LOCOMOTIVE BREATH ‘Change Of Track’ Lion Music (2005)
The third album by
the band centred around vocalist Mattias and founder/guitarist Janne
Stark, joined by ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/ current Talisman bassist
Marcel Jacob, with drummer Ted Wernersson completing the line-up. A
few guests pop up as well including Hank Shermann (FORCE OF EVIL/MERCYFUL
FATE/FATE), Tommy Denander (RADIOACTIVE) and Lars Eric Mattsson
If you hanker after no frills hard rock meets classic metal then
this band have it in spades. Juts check out opener ‘H.M.M.’ (Heavy
Metal Madness!), with its driving riffs and pounding backing rhythm.
In fact until track four, the ballad– ‘Leaving My Heart With You’ –
it is a roller coaster ride of driving guitar and powerful vocals.
The songs stick in your mind after just a few plays and only a
couple of tracks miss the spot for me, mainly the last track the
instrumental ‘Gargleblaster’ that is okay once but more for the
guitar fans out there.
Great hard rocking
album by a band who certainly deserve more exposure and fans. Bring
– Change of Track
2005 Lion Music
First off all, these
guys ain’t a Tull
cover band, but
their name certainly
snappy metal sound.
But to put it more
music is fueled by
the dark melodies
ala Sabbath and
but yet the speed of
their music is
plastered upon the
artistry of Soul
Sirkus and Pink
Cream 69, easily
putting their knack
forward for song
driven melodic metal;
no cheese factor
Musically they blend
the mantras for
metal praise with ‘H.M.M,’
anthem choruses with
both ‘Shadow’ and
‘Leaving My Heart
With You,’ and a
blues approach with
Heaven’ (the heavy
adds a nice touch),
making ‘Change of
Track’ more than
just any typical
heavy AOR record, it
really packs a punch
with the thick
backdrop for the
hard driving rhythm
section, putting the
axe attack of Janne
forefront where he
between his metal
god guitar riffs and
his blues rock
approach to provide
more than just any
typical six string
slinging only to
vocals of Mattias
Osbäck, whose pipes
sound like a
baritone Jeff Scott
Soto. There is even
an homage of sorts
to Maiden with ‘Gargleblaster,’
so the record does
have its changes
from track to track,
All in all, ‘Change
of Track’ represents
the heavier and
darker side of AOR;
nothing wrong with
Lion Music Link
LOCOMOTIVE BREATH – “Change of Track”,
It’s been about ten years since guitar maestro
Janne Stark formed LOCOMOTIVE BREATH from the ashes of classic metal
OVERDRIVE. This latest incarnation of the band could be
parenthetically named the Janne Stark Project, as none of the original
LB members are left from the early days. But don’t be fooled by the
changing lineup; these guys never fail to deliver searing, guitar-driven
hard rock and “Change of Track” may be their best album yet.
From the very first note, Stark and the
boys demonstrate that melodic hard rock is alive and well (at least in
Sweden), combining the classy metal muscle of later ARMORED SAINT with
the lip-smacking sweetness of early 80s RAINBOW. Lyrically, don't be
expecting Phil Mogg-style train obsessions as this band primarily
focuses on topics like growing older and wiser, struggling to make ends
meet, and dealing with the shortcomings of others. Frankly, the lack of
lyrical pretentiousness is quite refreshing. Vocalist Mattias Osbäck
belts it out just like your favorite 70s-era crooners (particularly
Gillian and Hughes). The weighty, accomplished riffery blasting from all
sides in tracks like “Shadow” and “Firestarter” actually moved me enough
to renounce my entire Shrapnel catalog! Well, except the LE MANS record.
And the STEELER, gotta hold on to that. Hate to get rid of the CULPRIT
disc, but you get the idea. At any rate, Stark shreds like a Euro-demon
throughout, and is joined on an instrumental track by MERCYFUL FATE's
Hank Shermann and FREAK KITCHEN's Mattias Ia Eklundh. It would appear
that this is going out to be a good year for melodic hard rock with the
STARBREAKER disc and now this latest from LOCOMOTIVE BREATH. Buy it
today and mullet the blue sky.
- CHANGE OF TRACK (LION MUSIC)
have been waiting for this Swedish band to end up on the
great label Lion Music. Now they have done so and this is
also their third album and absolutely their best. I must
admit that I haven't been so involved with the music of
Locomotive Breath, but with this new superb effort “Change
Of Track” everything will change from now on. Talk about a
perfect collaboration and excellent combination between
singer Mattias Osbäck and founder/guitarist Janne Stark. The
songs they've manage to create, have a strong magic appeal
and show the band from a new heavy and fantastic melodic
side with roaring and at some times furious driving guitars.
Marcel Jacob (Talisman) delivers some mega-cool flavours to
the sound with his way of playing bass. I also want to give
the drums some extra gold stars, they sound exactly like
they should do on a melodic classic hardrock/metal album
like this really is. “Change Of Track” is tighter than David
Lee Roths spandex pants during the 80s era. The album also
shows some very strong catchy muscles throughout the whole
production. As an extra autumn spice the band had the
opportunity to through in some extra energy to the songs due
to the amount of professional guest musicians (I leave them
as a surprise for you to discover when you buy this album).
Locomotive Breath sounds fresh with an International and
Scandinavian mix and it is packed with the extra amount of
hooks that get stuck inside your head. This is nothing to
think about anymore, just grab some money and get it
straight away before someone else does.
Locomotive Breath - Change Of Track (Lion Music) By: Joe
||This is the third round for
these melodic rock Swedes. I have only heard the name, but never had the
opportunity to check them out until now. As usual, members come and go,
but what I dug about this band already was the fact that the old bassist
was replaced with ex-Talisman/Yngwie thumper Marcel Jacobs. If you have
ever heard his work, then you know he can pound away with plenty of
groove. Just in case you were wondering, yes the name was taken from a
Jethro Tull number. Now, onto the show. “H.M.M. (Heavy Metal Meltdown)”
is a very hard rocking opener with catchy bits tossed in. It’s pretty
simplistic and easy to follow with a heavy drummer. What’s weird is that
in the middle of the song it
does lose a little
momentum and drags, but it ends up picking up steam once again. Vocalist
Mattias Osback has a very rough, yet understandable, voice which works
perfect here because this is high energy and we have no time to be
wimping out. As we move on, the guys keep everything on the up and up.
What I like here is that guitarist Janne Stark puts a lot of muscle into
these compositions. He manages quite well to incorporate melody and
force, and make it sound perfect because you know most people who play
this style like to keep it all happy and attitude free. This one has it
all. As usual, you always have to have a ballad when you pump out a
record like this. “Leaving My Heart With You” contains some nice
background and harmony vocals. Lyrically, this comes off very 80s like
with the typical cheesy lines, but if we had a time machine and if a
video was made back in 1987 this would have been played all over MTV.
The real ear grabber here is the final track “Gargleblaster.“ This is by
far the funkiest and rhythmic track on the album. It features some guest
performers from Freak Kitchen, The Bones, Lars Eric Mattsson, and the
almighty Hank Shermann.
I think what sucks in the current scene is that too many bands want to
play it safe with their music because they want exposure around the
world and want their stuff distributed all over the globe. So, they do
what the corporate office want them too. In this case, I would hunt high
and low for this band and even pay an import price because they play
melodic hard rock the way it supposed to be played and they hold back.
Think is Talisman, but just not as groovy. Everyone pours their heart
and soul into the effort and it shows.
Locomotive Breath – Change Of Track
© 2005 Lion Music
Reviewed by Dave Palmer
I would have to say that the signing of rockers Locomotive Breath to Lion Music
was another great idea. This band plays it straight up and raw. 'Change of Track'
is the bands third album. The music would be classified as hard rock with a
slight classic feel in my opinion. You get a few different feels in the music,
but it never gets what I would classify as experimental. You can break the type
of sound on the album into mid-tempo rockers and more laid back, lighter numbers.
The larger portion is obviously falling into the heavier sound with tracks such
as 'Shadow', 'Speed Driven', 'Firestarter', and the album closer 'Gargleblaster'
showing a bit more flash or punch depending on what you want to call it. The
latter being an instrumental jam session that comes across pretty accessible.
There are also the lighter numbers I mentioned earlier which include 'Leaving my
Heart with You' and 'Chains around Heaven'. Not a lot of lighter stuff, but what
is here is pretty cool nonetheless. There are some pretty cool guest musicians
on this record as well. Hank Shermann of Mercyful Fate, Mattias Eklundh of Freak
Kitchen, Tommy Denander of Radioactive, and Lars Eric Mattsson of Mattsson all
lend a hand in the instrumental-fest 'Gargleblaster' which we have mentioned
previously. Also, definitely worth mentioning is the addition of Marcel Jacob on
Bass. Fans will recognize Jacob from his years with Talisman as well as Yngwie
Malmsteen. Not to bad if you ask me. It may be called 'Change of Track', but I
don't think you will have to change the track too much, it's pretty solid all of
the way through.
While this band has already made a name for itself in other parts of the world,
it's nice of Lion Music to get their third album out to the fans and make it
easier for us fans in the States to get a copy. The band sticks to a mostly hard
rock sound that can be memorable upon a first listen. Musicianship is great as
is the guest listing. The album is well rounded and should bring in more fans
which really is the goal. Good stuff!
Locomotive Breath are blending hard rock, melodic
metal and a buit of progressive. The hard rock influence is maybe the
one you'll catch instantly but don,t think about Poison & the likes,
it's way more heavy than that. Hard drivin' guitar riff from start to
finish! Strong heavy groove, powerfull vocals and a very strong guitar
sound. Crystal clear and powerfull as hell! Tobe honest the only tracks
I don,t like are the 2 ballads. I my opinion that doesn't really fits on
this record. Having said that, the killer guitar riff of 'High on
illusion', the catchy chorus of 'Shadows' , the intensity of 'I'll be
fighting' and the amazing guitar work of 'Gargleblaster' definitly
deserve your full attention. Fans of hard rock will be please by this
strong work of guitars and hooks!
Locomotive Breath – Change Of Track
A journalist of some note, Janne Stark is also a guitarist of some weight and
class combining crunch and melody to telling effect, as is obvious from even the
most cursory listen to the band that is his vision.
With Marcel Jacob on bass and with guests of the calibre such as Hank Shermann,
Mattias la Eklundh and Tommy Denander gracing proceedings; see the Douglas Adams
homage "Gargleblaster" for further details, "Change of Track" simply smokes from
start to finish.
Opener "H.M.M." rolls down the track with narrow eyed intent, vocalist Mattias
Osback beating chest in time honoured fashion and sounding akin to Human Race's
( what ever happened to etc?)Stefano Marchesini in the process as Stark peels
off riff upon riff of Mark Reale proportions.
"Shadow" drives in off a riff Accept would sell Udo for, employing drama and
crunch with equal flair and all blossoming into a huge hook. The kind of track
repeat buttons were designed for and worth the price of admission alone.
"What I've become" races a la Riot and nails the target with a superb hook as
does the controlled drive of "Speed Demon", while "Firestarter" is Rainbow with
a demon on it's shoulder.
Locomotive Breath blows the bloody doors off.
(Andrew Paul) Destiny Records