AUG is a hard rock quartet from New Jersey that came together in 2008. Their first album, 20 Years In Hell came out in 2011 and represented more of a “basement project” that paved the way for their newest album, Be Careful What You Wish For… which launched June 1 2014, and was recorded at world-famous “House of Loud.” The album reached #2 on Reverbnation’s Hot 500 Rock charts and maintained its spot with consistency, does the album have more hidden gems or should we stop wishing for the old days?
AUG is a hard rock band with a few metal tendencies. Their singer sounds most like Ozzy Osbourne and generally AUG could be mistaken for a number of bands that stopped playing years ago. Choosing to keep the hard rock motif alive, this four-piece is not afraid to shred some guitar. Individually, AUG’s members have earned their chops as hard rock veterans by playing with bands like Blue Oyster Cult, Great White, and Joe Lynn Turner.
Be Careful What You Wish For… is nine tracks long. Including the cover of Africa by Toto and the extended version of the album titled track the album lasts about 45 minutes. Sadly, the album feels a little short and the extended version of “Be Careful What You Wish For…” is very appreciated, (as it gives each instrument more of an opportunity to show what they are made of) but it isn’t necessarily the best mood to end an album with, mostly because the ordinary version is the track that starts off the album. Swapping it with something like “Forever/Goodbye” would ensure that the ending felt more conclusive, considering that would also make the last lyrics, “Goodbye, we are done.”
“Forever/Goodbye” has enough cowbell to bring you back into the 80’s, yet it still stands alongside “All I Can Be” and “The Devil’s Rejects” as the hardest tracks of the album. The album isn’t too hard, actually very few people would be offended by the bands intensity, plus, vocals are always clean. Certain tracks, like “Little Green Fairy” and “Coming Home” have more stressed and uncomfortable lead vocals, while tracks like “Light of Day” and “Be Careful What You Wish For” maintain that Ozzy feel without sacrificing the quality of lead vocals. The moments of incorporation where the other band members (minus the drummer) sing are few and far between, but really help to bring the energy.
Do you enjoy Iron Maiden or Def Leppard? If so, scroll down and click the soundcloud link and check out the album for yourself. If you prefer a single song over an album, I would recommend “All I Can Be.”
Be Careful What You Wish For… is the second album from hard rock band AUG. The album is less of a basement project and more of a full studio effort, with solid mixing and sound quality, it is obvious that AUG made the right choice by recording at “House of Loud.” AUG may not be the throwback you are looking for or the hard rock band to recapture your heart, but they still have enough guitar solos to melt your face.
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