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They are back. Hard rock band Def Leppard from Sheffield,England,formed in 1977,as part of the New wave of British Heavy Metal Movement,are back with their latest offering,Mirror Ball: Live and More.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: October 22, 2011 3:32:24 am

Mirror Ball

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They are back. Hard rock band Def Leppard from Sheffield,England,formed in 1977,as part of the New wave of British Heavy Metal Movement,are back with their latest offering,Mirror Ball: Live and More. The album has 24 tracks — all old except for three new songs — and comes with a DVD that contains footage from their 2008-2009 Sparkle Lounge Tour. The DVD has live performances of Rock! rock! till you drop,Armageddon it,Pour some sugar on me and Hysteria,besides the music videos of Nine lives and C’mon c’mon.

Its three new studio songs — Undefeated,It’s all about believin’ and Kings of the world — are much like the band’s old songs like Rocket and Too late for love. Undefeated has marked influences of the early ’80s new wave metal. The fast guitar-playing and heavy riffs apart,the numbers are not pure metal as the vocals are slower,and almost melodic at times.

Kings of the world justifies the band’s rock anthem image,even though the vocals and lyrics are unlike Def Leppard from the previous decades. When a band has been around for the last 34 years,like Def Leppard,it gets identified by fans with its distinct style of music — hard-hitting lyrics,machine-gun drumming and fast-paced guitar sound. Experiments with their genre and sounds are often not taken very well,but if they continue with the same style,they are labeled repetitive. That is not the case with Mirror Ball though. With a good mix of the golden years with songs like Rock of ages,Bringin’ on the heartbreak,Nine lives,Love bites and Make love like a man,along with the three new songs that give the band a fresh sound,fans won’t complain. The bonus DVD that contains behind-the-scenes shots of their concerts is great value for money for any Def Leppard fan who grew up on their music in the ’80s and ’90s.

rohan.swamy@expressindia.com

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