Sjak : My first acquaintance with this from Scotland hailing trio dates from December 2015, when the band performed as support act for Thunder in the 013 in Tilburg. At that time I was captivated in such a way by the no-nonsense traditional heavy metal of the three ladies, that I immediately purchased their albums ‘Haulin’ Ass’ (from 2010) and ‘Game On’ (from 2016) and I must say that I haven’t regretted that for a single second since. In 2016 they released their third album ‘White Hot Heat’, which is now then followed by this ‘Born To Break’ record.
Style-wise The Amorettes can be compared with bands like AC/DC, Girlschool and The Donnas and as such you can expect nice straightforward hard rock with fine riffs and ditto vocals of guitar player and female singer Gill Montgomery, who was also responsible for writing the majority of the material (sometimes in cooperation with Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders) and Luke Morley (Thunder)). Compared to the first three albums they have made quite some progression on this ‘Born To Break’ record and this new one proves to be by far the best album that they’ve brought to market to far.
The album opens very strong with ‘Can You Feel The Fire’, a catchy and quite melodic track, which is based on a lovely base riff. On this tune it also becomes clear that Gill has a very good voice and that she’s excellently supported by the sisters Hannah and Heather McKay (drums and bass guitar respectively). There are however many more great songs to be found on this record and especially the first single ‘Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock And Roll’, the title track ‘Born To Break’ and the somewhat bluesy ‘Hello And Goodbye’ can count on my appreciation. As a matter of fact that accounts for all twelve tracks on offer here, because the quality level of the material is very consistent. The songs are all very catchy, have easy listening choruses and contain fine guitar work and vocals.
Not only the song material is of the expected quality level, but also the excellent production by Luke Morley contributes to a large extent to the very enjoyable listening experience. Lords Of Metal has until now never paid any attention to The Amorettes, but with ‘Born To Break’ the three ladies prove that this was a big mistake. If you’re looking for well executed, no-nonsense ballsy hard rock, then you should definitely give this ‘Born To Break’ a try. By all means The Amorettes have delivered a mighty-fine album, which shows an enormous progression compared to their previous releases and that only deserves lots of respect.