(8/10) Hollands Metal veterans Picture is a band many kids don’t know. The band premiered in 1980 and is for more than 40 years in business, but never had the big breakthrough.
After some changes in the line-up over the last years it was three years ago when 4/5 of the original band joined forces again, with keyboarder Appie de Gelder completing the line-up.
A ‘Best of…’ album brought the guys back into the spotlight, accompanied by some more live shows. All these activities increased the hunger of the quintet and made them work on a new studio album.
‘Wings’ is the title of this new offer, an album that will reach the record stores mid-August. Picture recorded ten songs, which are all rooted in the NWoBHM. After having listened to the album I’m tempted to say that we can listen to a Dutch version of Saxon. Now, this is a bit too much of simplifying things. There are without any doubt some parallels with the British Metal legend, like e.g. the vocals/voice of frontman Ronald van Prooijen. However, Picture’s sound is wider. Classic Rock elements are embedded in their songs as well as the early Scorpions sounds come to surface right in the beginning of the album with a guitar sound that shows some ‘Schenkerish-handwriting’.
Older doesn’t mean calmer, that’s what this release clearly states. Picture found their appetite for good Heavy Metal and the album is the logical consequence. To all headbangers out there, check out ‘Wings’.
1. Line Of Life
3. Little Annie
4. Is It Real
5. Blown Away
6. No Place To Hide
7. Empty Room
8. Never Enough
9. Still Standing
Label: Pure Steel Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: August 16th, 2019