Review by Andy Houghton for MPM
Vega must be one of the UK’s most underrated rock bands. It’s been over a decade since they released their debut album, ‘Kiss Of Life’. Now they’re up to album number seven, ‘Anarchy & Unity’, which will hopefully see them receiving the recognition that’s been long overdue.
With a sound reminiscent of classic Bon Jovi, the band play melodic rock with a hard edge to create music that’s as catchy as hell. ‘Beautiful Lie’ is an attention-grabbing opener to the album: punchy, powerful and polished, it’s a perfect introduction to what this band is all about.
‘Sooner Or Later’ delivers yet more hard-hitting rock, while ‘End Of The Fade’ brings the melodic excellence of the band to the fore, whilst not holding back on the potency.
Album highlights include the multilayered ‘Ain’t Who I Am’, which switches between strength and subtlety to great effect, and the quirky jazziness of ‘C’mon’. However the overall standout has to be the fantastic ‘Live For Me’, which packs an album’s worth of material into a single six-minute song.
The release of ‘Anarchy And Unity’ has seen two new members join the VEGA ranks, with Billy Taylor (ex-Inglorious) on guitars and Pete Newdeck (Nitrate, Midnite City) on drums, and it’s clear from the outset that this lineup has taken the band to a new level.
It’s a belter of an album, and arguably the band’s best work to date. If you haven’t discovered the brilliance of Vega yet, then ‘Anarchy & Unity’ gives you a damn good reason to check them out. You won’t regret it.
Nick Workman | Vocals
Tom Martin | Bass
James Martin | Keyboards
Marcus Thurston | Guitar
Billy Taylor | Guitar
Pete Newdeck | Drums
2.Sooner Or Later
3.End Of The Fade
4.Ain’t Who I Am
5.Welcome To Wherever
6.Bring The Riot
7.Live For Me
8.Kneel To You
‘Anarchy & Unity’ is released on September 17th, 2021
ANARCHY AND UNITY. Buy or Stream: https://orcd.co/vega
LIVE DATES and Tickets: https://www.vegaofficial.co.uk/#live