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Rise Up
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2013
The second album from W.E.T. is another very good example of quality modern melodic rock that will easily please fans without breaking any new ground. Featuring the talents of Jeff Scott Soto on vocals with Erik Martensson and Robert Sall from Eclipse and Work Of Art respectively, W.E.T. continues along their path of hard hitting rockers mixed with big power ballads backed up by fellow musicians Robban Bäck and Magnus Henriksson from Eclipse. Nothing involving these musicians is ever going to be bad but the sound of the album is slightly formulaic when taken in context of all the other albums Erik Martensson has worked on recently. One slight negative point for me is the loud harsh sound of the album that I feel lacks breathing room for all the instruments and which makes it difficult to listen to the music for long periods. Highlights include the melodic opener "Walk Away", the massive chorus of "Learn To Live Again", the modern rock sound of "Rise Up" that has a Linkin Park vibe to it, the passionate power ballad "Love Heals", the awesome main riff of "On The Run", the killer commercial rock chorus of "Broken Wings", and the second intense power ballad "Still Believe In Us" that showcases JSS at his best. I should mention that the massive backing vocals throughout this album are very impressive and used at great moments for maximum impact. Despite the fact that Rise Up doesn't surpass the amazing heights of the debut album, it is still going to please most fans of this style of music without becoming a classic album of the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
Listen it's pretty cut and dried, If you thought the first W.E.T. album was good or even great as I did this ones better! We finally get to hear Eric Martensons fantastic voice and a perfect match with JSS. I could not be more pleased with every aspect of this album, from the song writing to the excellent guitar work to the great hooks, you will love this album if youliked the first one, period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Melodic rock supergroup W.E.T., which features Robert Sall (Work of Art), Erik Martenssen (Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman and about a million other projects), is back with their second album, titled Rise Up. Given how impressive the 2009 W.E.T. debut was, expectations were very high for Rise Up, and the band definitely delivered.

Like the W.E.T. debut, Rise Up is an upbeat melodic rock album with huge melodies, catchy hooks and amazing vocals. Soto is obviously the lead vocalist, but having Sall and Martenssen on backing vocals makes a good thing even better. Actually, it would be cool to see them take the lead on a track or two. The songwriting is top-notch, with Martenssen playing a big part and delivering songs on par with his best Eclipse work (which is saying something). "Broken Wings," "The Moment," "Walk Away" and especially the title track stand out, but the whole thing is fantastic.

Rise Up is another first class melodic rock album from W.E.T., and a definite contender for best melodic rock album of 2013 (maybe the best, depending on whether you consider Pretty Maids rock or metal). If you liked the first one, you'll love this. And if you like any of the players involved, especially Eclipse, Rise Up is a must-have release.

PS - I had the good fortune of catching W.E.T. live at this year's Melodic Rock Fest 3 event. They were as incredible as you might expect, and even worked a couple of Talisman hits in their set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
Jeff Scott Soto mentioned that he came into to the studio to replace the scratch lead vocals on the first W.E.T. project.
"Let's bring the best out of 3 Swedish Bands together," the record company said.
The first project became a love fest for all involved---enough for them to consider a second go-around, but this time, writing and arranging all the songs together like a real band would do!
BOTH the first project and "Rise Up" are worthy of your attention! Good stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2013
W.E.T. - Rise Up
Written by The Rock Man

In 2009 one of the albums of the year came from a band called W.E.T. This was a collaboration between legendary vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Solo/Yngwie Malmsteen/Talisman), lead guitarist Robert Sall (Work of Art) and bassist/keyboardist Erik Martensson (Eclipse). The band name itself is an acronym for the three bands they play in, Work of Art/Eclipse/Talisman – W.E.T. At one point Soto described the project as a glimpse at what a Journey album would have sounded like if he recorded with the band, and indeed it did. Any time you put a group of talented musicians from various bands together to form a super group expectations are naturally high, when W.E.T. delivered their debut album in November 09 it didn’t disappoint.

Since then each of the boys have been busy with their respective careers, but 2013 see the band come together to release their second album titled Rise Up. This time around the band has expanded its ranks to include Robban Back on drums and Magnus Henriksson (Eclipse) on guitar, and the result is simply A-Class. I have been a fan of Jeff Scott Soto forever, in my opinion he is one of the premier hard rock vocalists in the business and this album does nothing to change my mind, his delivery is silky smooth, passionate and powerful.

Rise Up is a twelve track album that kicks off with the very radio friendly Walk Away, again, we can reference Journey of recent years here, the difference is the guitars are slightly heavier in tone. The next track is Learn To Live Again, which is the first single from the album and you can see why, great keyboard melodies, solid grooves and a very catchy chorus. From here we move to the title track, Rise Up, now I think the title track of any album should come out swinging and knock you on your butt, and this track does exactly that. Love Heals is your standard garden variety power ballad as is Still Believe In Us, however the albums strength lays in tracks such as What You Want, The Moment, On The Run and Shot which are all solid, punchy rockers.

What W.E.T. do very well is remind us what good music is about, it’s simple escapism. They are not trying to redefine the genre, but simply play to their strengths which include good song writing, solid musicianship and a simplistic approach. The signs are clear that with each album this outfit is growing in strength and I certainly cannot wait to see what future releases this classy band has in store for us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
Excellent ! Melodic hard rock , great songs , guitars , vocals . Buy this ! ... Also buy albums from these other melodic bands here on Amazon MP3 like : MAGNITUDE 9 --- TNT --- ICON --- HAREM SCAREM --- THRESHOLD --- PINK CREAM 69 etc
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
Jeff Scott Soto (of Yngwie and Journey fame) and members of the bands Eclipse and Work of Art deliver again on this 2nd disc...Learn to Live Again, Walk Away, Rise Up, Bad Boy are highlights....great melodic rock with an edge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2013
This CD has much going for it, impeccable production, great musicianship, and stellar vocals by Jeff Scott Soto. That being said, it is a few notches below the bands debut cd. The biggest problems, in my opinion, are a greater tendency to sound generic at times and frequency of choruses that are too long winded (6 or 8 lines)and drag on rather than get to the point. Overall, the sound is polished to a fine shine, but the songs tend to sound more forced instead of inspired. Despite Soto singing his behind off to try and add a sense of conviction to this, it often sounds like assembly-line late 80's hard rock. For perspective, I personally own over 3,000 cd's and cherry-pick the best tracks off each for my master music hard drive (10,000+ and counting wav files), I picked 6 tracks off this cd after listening through it twice. I kept 11 tracks off their superior debut. This cd is quite good and worth buying if you liked the first one, at it's best, it's a continuation of the debut, at it's worst, it sounds like leftovers from the first cd sessions. Maybe they followed up too quickly and should have taken more time to let the inspiration come to them...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
Powerful melodic rock from the rock legends behind Eclipse, Work of Art and Talisman. If you thought the first CD was amazing then this is a must have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
Great effort here by these guys! Always been a JSS fan and guitar work is great. Really enjoying this guys! THANK YOU!
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