ACE FREHLEY

(UNITED STATES)

10,000 VOLTS

(2024)
LABEL:

MNRK MUSIC GROUP

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
80's, Old School
"Ace Frehley offers us an album of old-fashioned hard rock with too few highs and many lows, including vocals that border on the unbearable."
PROGRACER (05.04.2024)  
2/5
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It's been more than six years since Ace Frehley last offered us any original content, essentially proposing albums of covers. the former Kiss star is back at the helm of a "10,000 Volts" that we imagined would be flamboyant.

Right from the opening eponymous track, the ambience sounds resolutely old-school hard rock. The fat riff is effective and the songwriting straightforward. Originality is not the first quality of an album by a former hard rock glory (and fortunately for the six-string ace), and the tracks that follow confirm this: the riffs are fairly conventional and the mid-tempos are legion.

As for the solos, Ace Frehley surfs on what he knows how to do (for 50 years), regularly reusing a few phrasings that make his playing very recognizable. The tracks follow one another and all sound a little alike. They're not unpleasant, but they smell a little too much of the same old thing, and apart from 'Fightin' for Life' with its catchy verses and choruses, the pleasant instrumental 'Stratosphere' and the upbeat '10,000 Volts', the rest is hopelessly flat.

But let's talk about what really pisses me off. If Ace Frehley wasn't known in Kiss for his vocal performances, they are here very disconcerting. The years haven't helped him, and several tracks are very weakened by his vocals, particularly 'Constantly Cute', 'Back Into My Arms Again' and 'Up In The Sky', making for painful listening.

"10,000 Volts" is an album with too few highs and too many lows. It leaves you with a feeling of unfinished business as you listen to tracks with tantalizing instrumental phases but old-school treatment and inadequate vocals. Ace Fehley can clearly do better, but time is running out to show it.
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SIMILAR BANDS:
THIN LIZZY, DEEP PURPLE, AEROSMITH, KISS

TRACK LISTING:
01. 10,000 Volts
02. Walkin' On The Moon
03. Cosmic Heart
04. Cherry Medicine
05. Back Into My Arms Again
06. Fightin' For Life
07. Blinded
08. Constantly Cute
09. Life Of A Stranger
10. Up In The Sky
11. Stratosphere

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Ace Frehley: Chant / Guitares
   
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TED66
05/04/2024
 
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10,000 volts n'a que le nom tellement les compos manque de relief. Ace Frehley ne m'a jamais emballé. Par ailleurs Kiss ont fait appel à d'autres guitaristes au niveau largement supérieur à lui. Cet album reflète cela. Chant, guitare rien ne va plus...
KINGEDDIE
23/02/2024
 
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J’ai mal à mon Kiss :en dehors des problèmes d’addiction d’Ace dans les 80’s-90’s, je n’avais pas détecté que techniquement il était plutôt moyen ( pour rester cool) et ses successeurs au sein de Kiss étaient d’un autre niveau…ce qui ressort de ce 10000 volts, c’est qu’on a affaire à un gentil petit groupe de hard blues qui ne sort jamais des clous, toujours là où on l’attend, zéro surprise et surtout solos niveau débutant, n’importe quel guitariste qui a un peu de bouteille ( ce devrait être le cas d’Ace 🤭) fait beaucoup mieux sans forcer…qui plus est,sa voix n’est pas inoubliable, pour un résultat « passable »… autrement dit, quelle déception ! J'ai lu quelque part que c'était son meilleur album depuis...le début, je n'ose imaginer le niveau de ses prédécesseurs, Ace se déclare lui-même "guitariste malhabile", reconnaissons-lui cet éclair de lucidité!!...Peut-être aurait il fallu se brancher sur le 10000 volts pour dégager une vraie énergie ? Kiss a raccroché en décembre dernier,Ace aurait dû suivre leur exemple, quand le talent se fait la malle faut pas insister…
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