Looking at the band photos you could be forgiven for thinking Cannon are just another ageing bunch of small league has-beens jumping on the nostalgia bandwagon. Even the sleeve screams of an age gone by.
You could also be forgiven for expecting 'Burning Love' to be a half finished stab at lighting the long extinguished fires of a lost youth. The resulting collection of flaccid, turgid rock ditties laughable at best.
Yep, you could be forgiven but you'd be wrong too. Well almost.
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The roots of Cannon can be traced back to 86. The band managed to get out an album, 88s 'Thunder And Lightning', which promised much. Unfortunately, failed deals, stolen tapes and personnel problems finally took their toll and Cannon called it a day in 1994.
2003 saw a reconstituted Cannon emerge. A double CD called 'The History' containing the original 'Thunder And Lightning' album and unreleased demo material was issued in late March 2004.
New recordings were released under the name 'Back In Business' in 2005 and a re-mastered 'Thunder And Lightning' was released in the US. In September 2008, Cannon's next new album 'Metal Style' got its worldwide release. Busy boys then, compared to some.
Surprisingly, 'Burning Love' opens with the swirl of bagpipes, the short intro 'Guardian Pipes', for which there seems to be no reason but what a great idea. More atmospheric than any number of synths etc... it sets up the album perfectly. A nice touch.
With a vocal that keeps ol' Udo company, 'Burning Love' takes you right back to the glory days when Accept's double kick Teutonic charge threatened to drive all before it. In general the album is dominated by double kick anthems with the title track, 'Guardians Of The Night', 'Holy Devil' and 'Heads Up With The Devil' pretty much setting the pace with their riff heavy harmonised guitar drive and Teutonic gang choruses.
It's all unmistakably German. There's even a guitar solo featuring Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, 'Bachrock', though it sounds strangely out of step with the precision engineered thrust of the album because it seems a little ham fisted; no bad thing perhaps.
The solitary balladry of 'Goodbye' has more of an U.D.O. thing going on but it's the ghost of Accept that dominates here. With 'Dreamer' being the only other brake on the album's headlong thrust, 'Burning Love' is a full on Teutonic barrage of industrial strength Heavy Metal.
Yet all is not sweetness and light because the production is not what it could be. The bottom end could be beefier and there is not enough grunt in the mid ranges, ultimately softening the album's kick, leaving it sounding a bit tinny. Volume, however, does go some way to remedying this problem; a lot of volume.
Oh yeah, the fucking neighbours love me I can tell yer.
'Burning Love' has its faults of course and it does nothing that has not been done already and done better too. Yet that does not detract from the fact that this is a little fire cracker of an album.
Though more than capable of holding its own amongst its more illustrious companions, the chances of this album getting lost in the melee of the rock market place are quite good. However, given a fair wind and a bit of luck, this outfit might just get a bit of the glory it seeks.
Definitely an album worth your consideration.