Onto another listen through of a record I’ve never heard before. Today I introduce you to Vow Wow, who used to be called Bow Wow but changed name to avoid confusion with Bow Wow Wow! I’ve plumped for this one as a friend procured the vinyl version of V while we were at Hard Rock Hell. Released in 1987 during a peak in the melodic soft rock and AOR scene.
I’ve had to listen to it twice to get a better feel of it. On first listen it was a little bit uninspiring and just seemed to slide into background music in the car. To me the vocals sounded a bit weak and drowned out by the music.
Listening to it again you can start to pick out all of those mid 80’s traits and it’s almost a colour by numbers release. Grandiose keyboard intros reminiscent of Journey or Europe. Huge nods towards UK AOR rockers Magnum and dashes of early Queensryche in there as well. The vocals come across to me as sounding like Lenny Wolf from Kingdom Come with that Robert Plant inspired sound, but on some tracks the vocals are almost Tom Keifer like. And the obligatory power ballads? Yes, they’re there too.
Maybe a lot of the mixing pot of influences can be expected when you realise the band are from Japan. So many of their bands always seemed to want to be the Japanese version of someone else.
After the second listen I liked it that bit more, but again nothing special here to make me listen to it on a regular basis.