Sound — 10
Well, it seems the boys from Blessed By a Broken Heart have come a long way since their powerful metalcore debut, taking a more direct sound. Directly into your soul! For far too long, kind gentlemen have been waiting for a band to harness the power and tenacity of the 80s and combine that with the ferocious vocal and guitar work being done by some of the top metal bands of today. But it seems, our prayers have been answered. Straight away, as soon as the CD is put in the player, one can't help but feel the 80s is alive once again. Pedal To The Metal takes the listener through an extensive journey through electronic synths to powerful thumping guitar riffs, certainly this is a band to watch out for.
Lyrics — 9
Right away it's easy to see the strong, modernised take on the vocals as the combination of both harsh, growling vocals is interlaced with fast paced sing-along chrouses. Obviously, being that this album is very much in touch with the 80s theme, the lyrics themselves don't need to be perfect, with much of them relating back to women and the classic 80s hair metal motif... Dancing, (Move Your Body - the standout track on the album). Tracks like "Blood On Your Hands" changed this up though, with a strong and powerfully delivered vocal performance and some wonderfully written lyrics. However, in terms of vocal ability, singer Tony Gambino can't be mistaken for not putting in. The vocalist displays some amazing screams and growls and yet falls back into beautiful melodies without missing a beat. One of the highlight points of the album. Kudos to Mr. Gambino.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, Blessed By a Broken Heart's Pedal To The Metal is one of music's best kept secrets. No-one can deny the amazing talent on display when these guys play their tunes, so the question begs to be asked, "Why are Blessed By a Broken Heart still relatively unknown?" With guitar work from out of this world, unbelievable vocal performances and a drum showing of epic preportions, the band are one of the true rock bands left today. Total fist-pumping aggression. Would I buy this album again if it were stolen? I'm going to buy another copy right now, just in case.