Rat Pak Records has done it again and provided us with one of the hardest working vocalists in the music business, Michael Sweet, who has unleashed what seems to be his heaviest work yet. One Sided War is a melting pot of classic rock and roll combined with elements of heavy metal and thrash to create a truly unique album through and through.
Opening the record is “Bizarre”, an in-your-face and seemingly very thrash metal inspired track to give you a feel of One Sided War‘s overall sound. The record begins with Sweet’s instantly identifiable tone and soaring vocals, along with fast paced guitar riffs and expertly done solos. Balancing out the album is “Who Am I”, a song with the feel of a power ballad which features Joel Hoekstra’s guitar expertise throughout. The album contains one bonus track, a re-recording of the second track “Can’t Take This Life” which shines the spotlight on 15 year old newcomer Moriah Formica who is the vocalist alongside Sweet. “You Make Me Wanna” contains exemplary harmonies and a catchy chorus, which you’ll surely find yourself singing along to. As a whole, One Sided War is packed with tempo changes, roaring guitars, melodic hooks and meaningful lyrics that come together and create Sweet’s best solo album.
There are obvious similarities between One Sided War and Stryper, especially when it comes to uplifting and inspiring lyrics, however Sweet has made this record undeniably his own.