With so many rock bands out there trying to come up with the next anthem tune, it’s nice to see that Pillar has returned to their anthemic ways with “For The Love Of The Game.” This time around, Pillar is rocking harder and heavier and still manage to squeeze in some melodic tunes. Unlike their two previous albums, the late 80’s/early 90’s metal and hard rock influences bleed through. I can hear a little bit of Def Leppard and a whole lotta Skid Row (especially in “Reckless Youth,” which borders on plagiarism). There are plenty of songs to shout to that beckon one to remember tunes like “Frontline.” Some of the highlights of this album include the title track, “Get Back,” “Turn It Up” and the wonderful “Smiling Down.” My personal favorite tune is “State of Emergency.”
Hard rock fans will rejoice with this album and its sound so rooted in hair metal and hard rock. This is not only an uplifting album, but a great album to relieve stress to. Highly recommended to anybody who loves great hard rock, nu metal, and hair metal.