While the aesthetic of Desyre is glammy, don’t let that (or the title) of their latest album, Glamtron, throw you into a state of contempt prior to investigation. This five-piece band from Finland is more than image, and their music proves they can hold their own on stage. With the prominent sound of keyboards on every track, a seasoned listener will likely draw comparisons to Bon Jovi, Europe – even Stryper frontman Michael Sweet in his ’70s embodiment. Glamtron is 11 tracks of rockers without a single ballad. The salubrious, catchy “Party Song,” is a raise-your-fist-and-yell anthem flaunting guitar-driven power and the vocals of frontman/guitarist Mazi Danger Bee. The heavy “Protector” is a metal tune right out of the ’80s, very reminiscent of the Dr. Feelgood-era of Motley Crue, with Danger Bee belting out the message. Sounding like Oz Fox and Michael Sweet on guitar duty, “First Blood” stands out by throwing together all the elements of vintage hair metal. Desyre is a band of many ingredients. Glamtron is their finest soup.
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Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.Full Feature More from Employed to Serve