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C.O.P. UK – No Place for Heaven – Album Review

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No Place For Heaven
Release Date: 22 January 2015
UDR Music/ Warner Music Australia
Review by Cameron Cooper

Having clawed their way up the hard rock ladder since 2005, C.O.P UK are set to drop their third full-length, and it is an absolute cracker. Led by the soaring leathery voice of Dale Radcliffe, the stadium rockers pound through 11 numbers that draw parallels to AOR groups Journey and Gotthard, as well Euro-Power Metal bands Helloween and Rage.

Unfortunately, the band fall into the genre’s own trappings a handful of times, and No Place for Heaven cops a few cheesy ballads. When the band cut loose of genre conventions – such as The Core, Halo and the introspective duet No Place For Heaven – they truly shine.

C.O.P UK aren’t ashamed of the influences, but don’t let them rule their destiny. Produced by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Epica), No Place for Heaven is thick with enthusiasm, passion and fiery determination. If there is any justice in the world, these Sheffield boys are about to see their efforts over the last decade pay off in a big way.

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