Pride (UK) - 2003 Signs Of Purity

ARTIST: Pride (UK)
ALBUM: Signs Of Purity
SERIAL: 102336
YEAR: 2003

LINEUP: Matt Mitchell - vocals * Chris Green - guitars * Adrian Johnson - guitars * Ivan Gunn - keyboards * Simon Farmery - bass * Rik Eade - drums

TRACK LISTING: Could You Believe * 02 Somewhere Someway * 03 Story Of Our Lives * 04 It's Just Me * 05 No Reasons Why * 06 Say Your Not Lonely * 07 Learn To Fly * 08 One Time Around * 09 I.O.U * 10 Heavens Waiting * 11 Still Raining


A lot of you will already be aware of Pride, as this is their sophomore release. However, this is my first encounter with them, and I'm impressed. While their particular brand of melodic rock isn't anything different to so many whom have come and gone before (and let's face it, exactly how much original sounding melodic rock have you heard in the last decade?), they are classy musicians and present themselves with conviction and plenty of gusto.

The Songs

As opening gambit, the band offer up 'Could You Believe', a huge slab of melody, which brings to mind a feeling of Def Leppard with a dose of Harem Scarem for power. While certainly not totally original, it has all the right ingredients to make it a goer, namely a very strong chorus and some great guitar work.

'Somewhere Someway' ups the ante even further and quickens the pace slightly, with a verse structure reminiscent of material from the Talisman debut, but the real hit here (again) is the chorus, a definite winner. More in the mid paced field, 'It's Just Me' is notable for another huge chorus, where the musical arrangement allows for everyone to play to their strengths, especially pleasing to the ear is the rhythm guitar melody, with a great counterpoint.

'Say You're Not Lonely Tonight' presents the band at their best, strong melodies and a great hook (the two things keyboard player Ivan Gunn looks for in music, so it looks like he's got it nailed here). If this had been written and recorded in the glory of the 80's, it could've been a hit single.

'One Time Around' opens with some great lead guitar work (most of the solos here are top-notch, it must be said, Chris Green is a great player), paving the way for yet another huge, anthemic chorus. Again, it's the kind of song that most melodic rock bands should be able to write in their sleep, but it's so well done. 'I.O.U.' presents Pride in a slightly more aggressive mood, whist remaining incredibly melodic.

The main riff is slightly harder all around, with slightly greater emphasis on the drums. Great to hear a few more keys during the chorus too. If this album has any negative points, it's the lack of keyboards for the most part. They just seem to hang unobtrusively in the background. Still, the many positives outweigh the negatives here.

'Still Raining' brings an acoustic guitar to the fore, its gentler edges (for the most part) make this an ideal closing song for the album. Again, it's well structured, building up slowly to big choruses and a guitar solo climax, with (once again) some superb playing.

In Summary

With eleven tracks in total and no obvious filler material, this album is one you should definitely pick up. Pride are a bright light in the middle of a slightly dull scene, there may be hope for the future of melodic rock after all.

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