Jaded Heart: Common Destiny

Keeping it old-school.

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In 2012, Jaded Heart could only have come from Germany. They have that glorious, Hasslehoffian lack of self-awareness and complete willingness to throw themselves wholeheartedly into the world of bombasticness that’s particularly Teutonic in its nature.

Their synth-heavy metal sees frontman Johan Falberg worshipping at the altar of Dio, reaching for those high notes while taking a Manowar approach to shameless self-aggrandisement.

They have a song called, brilliantly, We Are Mental, and in Higher, they have the worst, clumsiest bass solo ever committed to tape.

Common Destiny is clichéd and ridiculous but, like a sweet yet incredibly ugly dog, shows so much blind enthusiasm that it’s hard not to find it all oddly loveable – even if it’s just for the inevitable single listen.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.