Genre: Synth Pop
Release Date: 28th February 2014
Label: Conzoom Records
Almost two years after their successful debut 'Sanctuary', VANGUARD from Sweden are back with a new album titled ‘Retribution’. In this album the duo continues in the same style with their debut plus some EBM elements, for example the track 'Dirt' brought me in mind the good old AND ONE, also 'Leaving You Behind' has some EBM influences. The album also contains some very good Synth Pop tracks like 'On My Own' and 'Brighter Day' and 'Bleed For Me' plus some down-tempo emotional tracks like 'Bleed For Me' and 'Words Like That'. The production made by Anders Christiansson is very good and helps Patrick’s clear, melodic and warm voice to emerge. The only minus of the album is that in my opinion there are 2-3 mediocre songs that gave me the feeling that their only purpose is to fill the album.
Conclusion: A good album for all the fans of good melodic Synth Pop which shows that the band is here to stay and their very good debut wasn't a firework.
Rating: 7.5 / 10