Jaded Heart
Stand Your Ground

Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands: Firewind/Outloud/Helloween

Betyg: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Recensent: Daniel Källmalm
1. Inception
2. Stand Your Ground
3. One Last Time
4. Reap What You Sow
5. Break Free
6. Hero To Zero
7. Kill Your Masters
8. Embrace A Demon
9. Hopelessly Addicted
10. Self Destruction
11. Stay
12. Lost In Confusion
13. Inside A Hurricane

Johan Fahlberg - Vocals
Peter Östros - Guitars
Masahiro Eto - Guitars
Michael Müller - Bass
Bodo Stricker - Drums

Inside Out (1994)
Slaves & Masters 1996)
Mystery Eyes (1998)
IV (1999)
Diary 1999 - 2000 (2001)
The Journey Will Never End (2002)
Trust (2004)
Helluva Time (2005)
Sinister Mind (2007)
Perfect Insanity (2009)
Common Destiny (2012)
Fight the System (2014)
Guilty by Design (2016)

Devil’s Gift (2018)


Produced by Jaded Heart
Mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson at Mass Destruction Production
Cover artwork by Thomas Ewerhard

Released 2020-11-27
Reviewed 2020-11-30


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Jaded Heart has been around for a while, Stand Your Ground is their fourteenth album. It has a figure that stands his ground on the cover, and it is the first time they do an album without keyboards. They have also added an external lyricist, possibly to write better lyrics – I have reviewed this band a few times now and never really thought about the lyrics as poor, or in need of external help – but it is nothing wrong in that I guess, having ambitions to improve is always good. So, what about this fourteenth album then?

Musically it is similar to the two albums that was released before it, but perhaps with a bit more life and energy – I think a more vital album than the previous two that were pretty drab. The production is good, I think it is an album with good sound and energy, the vocals are pretty good as well. But while the album is vital and well produced, it can hardly be described as anything original. I think it is varied enough and the playing time is sensible, so there’s that – solid production.

Stand Your Ground is a good album with good songs, I think previous fans will enjoy and most likely others as well. It is a good effort and a step forward compared with the previous two albums, it is far less dull this time, more alive and vital. Even so, it isn’t fantastic or memorable – maybe the problem is that it lacks a hit song, maybe it is the lack or original ideas, maybe it is great and I don’t understand its greatness. It is an album that should be pretty easy to like, but the lack of memorability might be detrimental to the longevity of it.

Overall, I think this album is pretty good, and it could be worth checking out for the fans of the band and the melodic metal genre. I find it to be a nice album to listen to, I think the most logical conclusion is that it is a very solid effort – pretty good album.