Sunday, April 30, 2017

WARRANT - Cherry Pie [Rock Candy remastered +5] (2017)

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Rock Candy specialists have given their Remastered & Reloaded treatment to the most beloved WARRANT albums, their first & second, both among the best US Melodic Hard Rock / hair metal records ever. Warrant's second effort "Cherry Pie" is terrific, the epitome of the '80s American Melodic Hard Rock / Hair Metal movement.

Warrant's debut album surpassed expectations and produced a #2 hit single, spring boarding sales way in excess of gold status in the first months of its release.
The scene was set for their sophomore album but nobody was ready for the explosion of success that followed.

"Cherry Pie", once again produced by veteran studio wizard Beau Hill (Winger, Ratt) and originally issued in 1990, launched the band to even bigger success; the title track becoming one of the most played songs of the year and a virtual prime time MTV staple.
In addition, the band’s front man Jani Lane had become a poster boy for the movement, with his, and the band’s, faces splattered over virtually every music magazine around.

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Musically the album was far superior to their debut and decidedly heavier, featuring such brazen rockers as ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, ‘Love In Stereo’ and, of course, the superbly crafted title track.
'Mr. Rainmaker' is remarkably powerful with a chorus that is still memorable today, I love the catchiness of 'Bed of Roses' and 'Song and Dance Man', the party sense of 'Sure Feels Good to Me', and the groove of the Blackfoot cover 'Train Train'.
Of course there's great ballads in the glossy 'I Saw Red' enhanced with piano, and the awesome 'Blind Faith' (much more than just a power ballad).

This Rock Candy remastered reissue includes five bonus tracks. 'Game Of War' is the long-sought 1988 demo that garnered Warrant attention at the labels. It’s unpolished but you can hear how an A&R person looking for the next Poison would have signed this band.
The stadium-ready stomp of 'The Power' is the demo from a the song later used in the 1992 Cuba Gooding Jr. movie called Gladiator.

Then there's the excellent 'Thin Disguise', only used as single B-side and for its quality shoulda been included into the main album, 'I Saw Red [Acoustic Version]' also originally B-side (I love this version even more than the original), and the single version of title track 'Cherry Pie' only destined to radio stations.

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To my ears, both first Warrant albums sound fantastic in its original release. Is this Rock Candy remaster worth of it?
As I said with the first Warrant remaster, I guess the answer is yes. There's more bass presence, guitars come cleaner and the dynamic output is great.
Anyway, any version of Warrant's "Cherry Pie" is an essential addition to your melodic hard rock collection, and if you need to choose one, get this Rock Candy remaster.

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01 - Cherry Pie
02 - Uncle Tom's Cabin
03 - I Saw Red
04 - Bed Of Roses
05 - Sure Feels Good To Me
06 - Love In Stereo
07 - Blind Faith
08 - Song And Dance Man
09 - You're The Only Hell Your Mama Ever Raised
10 - Mr. Rainmaker
11 - Train Train
12 - Ode To Tipper Gore
13 - Game Of War (Demo)
14 - The Power (Demo)
15 - Thin Disguise
16 - I Saw Red (Acoustic Version)
17 - Cherry Pie (Single Version)

Jani Lane - vocals
Joey Allen, Erik Turner - guitars
Jerry Dixon - bass
Steven Sweet - drums
additional personnel:
C. C. DeVille, Mike Slamer - guest guitar
Eric Oswald (Jani Lane's brother) - intro on Uncle Tom's Cabin
Scott Warren - Keyboards
Bruno Ravel Steve West (Danger Danger) - backing vocals
Fiona - backing vocals
Alan Hewitt - organ, piano, strings
Beau Hill - organ, banjo, keyboards, production, mixing
Juke Logan - harmonica
Paul Harris - piano, strings



MYLAND - Light Of A New Day [Japan Edition +1]

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Another request, and this is a really to find one: MYLAND's "Light Of A New Day" in its Japanese Edition, with different artwork and which bonus track is the title track, curiously not present on the regular European release.
For this second album, the Italy, Milan based Melodic Rock band has undergone several lineup changes, with only founding member drummer Paolo Morbini and guitarist Hox Martino remaining from the original.

New singer Franco Campanella is pretty different from the previous Steve Perry-influenced Guido Priori. His vocals has a more gravely, raspy style. If fact, Myland has changed their style a bit here. The lush, melodic guitars from their debut CD now are more balanced with power chords and harder edged solos.
But what has remained untouched are the layered vocal harmonies, the keyboard runs and the outstanding punchy drums of band founder Paul Morbini.

The 'new' Myland starts things off with "Living in the Magic" that does offer a fancy keyboard work, solid guitar lines, big vocals and harmonies. Next, "Love Hurts So Bad" is en earlier Journey influenced track with tempo changes and a pre-chorus section with interesting piano lines. A favorite.
"Never Care for the Future" is a midtempo melodic rocker with a lackluster run in its delivery and the band left on track layers of various musical instruments and voices.
"Flying Higher" is more straight-forward structurally, with a true melodic hard rock vibe, and the thumping bass adds a great touch. It benefits from having a bigger chorus and cohesive guitar / keyboard interplay.

Then we have "Light of a New Day", the Japanese bonus track. Now this is strange: how you leave the album's title track out of the regular release? And it's a solid melodic rocker with some epicness on it.
A soft piano opens the ballad "In Your Eyes". One can picture lighters being held high overhead as this track is played live. It can be wondered, that if here, the higher vocals of original vocalist Priori might have better suited this track, as his voice would have soared high and above the music, as Campanella seems to be outside of his comfort zone in the higher octaves.

"Dancing In The Moonlight" is one of the highlights on the album. A contagious classic European melodic rock tune with a strong and easy to remember chorus. Very good layered vocals and parping keyboards.
Next, another great track."Never Stop Screaming Rock" is pure melodic hard rock featuring a great rousing chorus, keyboards that fit right in, and power crunchy chords that drove this track forward. Very Good.
"Hey You" a has a more '90s classic bluesy hard rock sound, and here is where Campanella's raspy and powerful throat sound in full force. Good guitar work and keyboard job. This track reminds me of 21 Guns.

Another fav of mine is "Shattered Dreams", that's because this is a pure modern AOR track, with a smooth vibe and excellent musicianship. In my opinion, the best arranged song of the CD.
"Fire Burns Desire" is the track that that harkens back to Myland's early years, this is a very retro melodic rock / AOR with backing vocals set to the max. "Wherever You Go" is another ballad, but this time more 21st Century in terms of songwriting, with a slightly Scandinavian sound. Campanella's vocal style fits greatly into this kind of melow-rock tunes.

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For the finale "Stand Up Tonight" Myland pick up the pace, but in doing so keep it melodic, pitched up and full. Big choruses are a good indicator as to the appeal of a song along with some rock solid guitar work from Martino and nifty keyboard solo.

On "Light Of A New Day", Myland band has taken the risk to change the tested, successful style from the previous album to a bit more edged Melodic Rock. But the AOR melodies, the lush, polished production and the class musicianship / songwriting are still here all over the album.
Myland's music is tuneful, brought to life with over the top, soaring choruses, with the instruments and voices all coming together beautifully by a proper mix & mastering.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Living in the magic
02 - Love hurts so bad
03 - Never care for the future
04 - Flying higher
05 - Light of a new day (Japan bonus track)
06 - In your eyes
07 - Dancing in the moonlight
08 - Never stop screaming rock
09 - Hey you
10 - Shattered dreams
11 - Fire Burn Desire
12 - Wherever you go
13 - Stand up tonight

Paolo Morbini - drums, percussion
Hox Martino - guitars, backing vocals
Davide Faccio - keyboards, synths, backing vocals
Fabian Andrechen - bass, backing vocals
Franco Campanella - lead & backing vocals
Thanks to AORkeeper for the album!



Saturday, April 29, 2017

MINDMAZE - Resolve (2017)

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American female fronted outfit MINDMAZE just dropped "Resolve", the band’s third full-length release and most ambitious work to date. Faithful to their traditional blend of progressive, power, old-school melodic metal, and a pinch of melodic hard rock, MindMaze has produced a gem of a concept album based about profound personal struggles, loss and other highly human emotions.

After 3 years since the last full length studio album, musically "Resolve" is simply another return to form for MindMaze: highly guitar centered progressive power metal wrapped in very strong, melodious production.
To break that down a little more, guitarist and songwriter Jeff Teets' arrangements revolve around his wall of riffage and then his breathtaking solos. Sure, he drops in some keyboards, even some sweet piano lines here and there with 'One More Moment' as good example. But his guitar lines reign supreme.

That's not to say the compositions sacrifice other important elements. Melody, harmony, and groove are abundant as on all previous MindMaze records, with rhythm adding the gallop to the power metal edge.
Singer Sarah Teets for her part rises above this fray with a classic hard rock / traditional metal style to her voice. Thankfully, she's neither the piercing operatic singer nor the grating screamo singer. No, her voice adds to the harmony and melody inherent in the arrangements, and her phrasing is more for clarity.

As a whole, "Resolve" is a very strong, fluid album despite its 68 minute, and all songs are interesting and varied. To highlight a few, the disc starts, appropriately, with a rush power metal and guitar fury. 'Reverie' is an instrumental powerhouse that turns, with no momentary stoppage, into the blazing 'Fight The Future'.
'Drown Me', a song with mixed pacing, drops in a piano line just past the midpoint and leads to some gentle acoustic guitar.
The aforementioned 'One More Moment' is similar with with piano segues juxtaposed against some brisk and heavy riffage. For the later solo in the song, Ms Teets sets it up with her rising voice, then her brother fills in with his guitar solo crescendo.

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Some more pure classic melodic metal comes with 'Shattered Self', which begins with thundering drumming and quickly jumps to light speed pacing. Yet it ends slowly, diminishing with synths and turning, again without pause, into 'Release', which is likely the quietest song here.
The same ethereal synths, from the end of the previous song, are joined by acoustic guitar with Ms Teets voice lilting above. But fret not, a crescendo of riffage and a fiery guitar solo finish the track.

MindMaze’s blend of melodic metal, power, prog metal and more has been perfected in "Resolve", and album that musically will please fans of almost any rock genre.
The concept is not strict, so you can enjoy every song standalone. Production & mix are excellent, the guitars roar, and Sarah Teets' crystal clear vocals a constant high point in this album.
Strongly Recommended

01 - Reverie
02 - Fight the Future
03 - In This Void
04 - Drown Me
05 - Sign of Life
06 - Abandon
07 - Sanity's Collapse
08 - One More Moment
09 - Twisted Dream
10 - True Reflection
11 - Shattered Self
12 - Release
13 - The Path to Perseverance

Sarah Teets - vocals
Jeff Teets - guitars, keyboards, synths
Rich Pasqualone - bass
Mark Bennett - drums



WARRANT - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich [Rock Candy remastered] (2017)

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Rock Candy specialists have given their Remastered & Reloaded treatment to the most beloved WARRANT albums, their first & second, both among the best US Melodic Hard Rock / hair metal records ever. Warrant's debut "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" started all, their rollicking career to stardom.

As one of the main movers and shakers of the Los Angeles Sunset Strip rock scene during the late '80s, Warrant made a huge impact at every level helping to define not only a musical movement but also establishing a commercial breakthrough that astounded the naysayers.
It was a golden time for not only the music of the era but also Warrant directly, whose presence on MTV was virtually permanent.

Like most bands, the formation of Warrant mutated through a number of line-ups, but it eventually settled to feature vocalist Jani Lane, an appointment that ignited the band’s creativity and placed them on the path to gold and glory.
But it wasn’t an easy ride, with a number of setbacks frustrating progress, including a brief encounter with the Prince’s Paisley Park organisation which bankrolled a demo that then received a number of rejections from most record labels.

Eventually however, with the help of major management, the band signed to Columbia records and commenced their rise to stardom.
Originally issued in January 1989, "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" was produced by Beau Hill (Ratt, KIX, Winger) and set in motion a rapid rise to fame, which came as little surprise to those who had been following the band from the sidelines.

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The compelling production, trademark riffs and Lane’s unique vocals elevated the songs to another level.
‘Down Boys’, the first track to radio, was a hit, and the ballad ‘Heaven’ made it to #2 on the US singles chart, giving Warrant accelerated sales upwards of double platinum.

The glossy production sound of "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" makes it emblematic of its time. It's sleek and clean, built on processed guitars and cavernous drums, never taking more time than it needs, pushing the hooks front and center, along with a mile-wide sentimental streak best heard on the power ballads 'Sometimes She Cries' and 'Heaven'.

But don't be mistaken - those are two slow moments on an album that's a party, hard rockin' record, like the tremendous 'Down Boys' and its indelible chorus, '32 Pennies' with loads of hooks and that glam rock riff that Motley Crue mastered a few years prior, or the kicking 'Big Talk'.

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To my ears, both first Warrant albums sound fantastic in its original release. Is this Rock Candy remaster worth of it?
I guess the answer is yes. There's more bass presence, a punchier output and an overall feel of pristineness.
Anyway, any version of Warrant's "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" is an essential addition to your melodic hard rock collection, and if you need to choose one, get this Rock Candy remaster.

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox

01 - 32 Pennies
02 - Down Boys
03 - Big Talk
04 - Sometimes She Cries
05 - So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against The Law)
06 - D.R.F.S.R.
07 - In The Sticks
08 - Heaven
09 - Ridin' High
10 - Cold Sweat

Jani Lane – vocals, acoustic guitar
Erik Turner – guitar, backing vocals
Joey Allen – guitar, backing vocals
Jerry Dixon – bass, backing vocals
Steven Sweet – drums, backing vocals
additional musicians:
Beau Hill – keyboards, background vocals, production
Bekka Bramlett – background vocals
Mike Slamer - guitar



CONEY HATCH - Four [full retail]

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This was requested again by one of you and it's a really nice one because this album was criminally ignored when originally released. And it's a really good one.
Along with such contemporaries as Helix, Killer Dwarfs and Headpins, CONEY HATCH defined Canadian hard rock in the '80s. The band returned with this "Four", their first album in nearly three decades released via Frontiers Music.

For those uninitiated, Coney Hatch broke onto the Canuck music landscape at the beginning of the Eighties releasing three albums on Anthem / Polygram and toured with the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Ted Nugent and Cheap Trick.
Coney Hatch made a huge splash on the international hard rock scene when their self-titled debut album arrived in 1982 produced by Max Webster's frontman / guitarist Kim Mitchell. The disc featured the stand-out tracks Devil's Deck, Hey Operator and Monkey Bars — catapulting the Canadian combo onto world tours.

Two more melodic, high-octane records followed; Outta Hand (1983) and the awesome rockin' AOR filled Friction (1985), one of my favorite albums in the genre.
But relentless touring and critical acclaim did not equate into gold and platinum sales figures, and by 1986 Coney Hatch called it quits.

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What makes this Coney Hatch reunion so unique and special is that it's the REAL band. Unlike so many of their contemporaries, the Coney Hatch line-up for this "Four" CD features the original members — including lead singer / guitarist Carl Dixon, vocalist & bassist Andy Curran, guitarist Steve Shelski and drummer Dave 'Thumper' Ketchum.
"Four" kicks off with the first single, the infectious "Blown Away". Immediately the album has me smiling, as this song has everything I love about Coney Hatch, driving in your face drums and bass, shredding guitar solos and the vocal prowess of Carl Dixon through the big sing along chorus.
Hell Yeah! The Hatch is back.

Other highlights include "Boys Club", a dirty little rocker that offers plenty of the band's signature-style, gritty guitar work and Andy Curran taking the vocal lead. Tongue in cheek, nasty rock n roll, exactly what the doctor ordered.
The album plays out delivering plenty of balls-out rockers in "Down N Dirty", "Connected" and the classic rock of "We Want More", balanced with some softer, lovable melodic rockers on "Revive" and "Holding On".

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Finally, "The Devil U Know" is a textbook example of how a good rockin' track can (and should) be built around a great guitar riff.
Having two very talented yet different vocalists has always been a cool part of Coney Hatch's sound. They say that rock 'n roll will keep you young and that should be true as Carl and Andy's pipes sound as strong as if they had recorded the vocals back in '87.

Yes, after more than thirty years, "Four" finds Coney Hatch at the top of their game — both musically and vocally.
In sum, "Four" serves as a mighty vehicle for a band that remains a powerful and authentic hard rock force.
Highly Recommended

01. Blown Away
02. Boys Club
03. Down 'N Dirty
04. Do It Again
05. Connected
06. Revive
07. We Want More
08. Devil U Know
09. Marseille
10. Keep Driving
11. Holdin' On

Carl Dixon (lead vocals, guitar)
Andy Curran (vocals, bass)
Steve Shelski (lead guitar)
Dave Ketchum (drums)



Friday, April 28, 2017

KINGS OF BROADWAY - Kings Of Broadway (2017)

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"Kings Of Broadway" is the self-titled full length debut from Italians KINGS OF BROADWAY, originally formed back in 2011 by guitarist Aldo Lonobile. Aldo is considered as one of the most recognized guitar players & composers from the Italian metal scene (founder member of bands like Secret Sphere, Civilization One and Shadowspell).
Despite his metal music background, Lonobile wanted to create a completely different sounding band inspired by the classic hard rock acts from the '80s.
And the resulting "Kings Of Broadway" is a thoroughly entertaining, killer hard rock debut effort.

"First Day Of My Life" which kicks-off things here is pure gold. Hard rock with attitude akin Lynch Mob's first album that includes rough vocal lines, a heavy riffing and a chorus line to sing-a-long all day. Lead singer Tiziano Spigno certainly nails this genre, and the rhythm section is steady, rock solid.
"Berserk" is another killer, groovy tune, "Dancing On The Edge Of Time" is a ballsy hard rocker, then with "Never Enough" the band delivers a more commercial / melodic hard rock oriented track that makes you push the repeat button several times.

On the fourth track "Quantum Leap" you hear a unique sound with the band and singer coming into their own and putting the 'Kings Of Broadway' stamp on every aspect of the song.
Spigno is a gifted singer with a beautiful voice as evidenced in the slow tempo track "Through It All" and the rock version of One Republic's smash radio hit "Counting Stars" which on paper probably made no sense until you hear their version.
It's far more exciting and interesting than the original boy-band hit and a real testament to the range and talent of this unique and hopefully lasting band.

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Kings Of Broadway comes out of nowhere to stop the press with their 'ballsy', melodic and edgy heavy rock debut album. This is true, real hard rock with tons of attitude and punch, but an extremely polished production.
Kings Of Broadway is what many fans have been asking for years: hard rock bands that do more than prance and scream but instead perform with a drive to make fresh what others have taken for granted.
One of the surprises of the year... terrific album.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - First Day of My Life
02 - Beserk
03 - Shallow Ground
04 - Quantum Leap
05 - Never Enough
06 - Iron Lady
07 - Dancing on the Edge
08 - Through It All
09 - Hit the Ground
10 - Counting Stars

Tiziano Spigno – Vocals
Aldo Lonobile – Guitars
Ricky Messeri – Guitars
JJ Andreaone – Bass
Luca Cartasegna - Drums



TERRY ILOUS - Gypsy Dreams (2017)

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Founder of cult '80s hard rockers XYZ and part of many acts such as Great White, lead singer TERRY ILOUS is releasing today his third solo venture titled "Gypsy Dreams".
A cover album of classic rock and hard rock favorites with an acoustic and flamenco edge, "Gypsy Dreams" features a really solid cast of L.A. based session musicians including Chris Trujillo (Toto, Black Crowes) on drums/percussion, Al Velasquez (Michael McDonald, Albert Lee) on drums, Jesse Stern (George Clinton, Chad Smith) on bass and many more.

Ilous relocated to Hollywood, California from Lyon, France, in 1986, forming the hard rock band XYZ along with friend and bassist Pat Fontaine. Ilous quickly became a favorite on Sunset Strip scene in the late '80s before getting signed to Enigma/Capitol.
After selling over 1.5 million records worldwide and touring with artists such as Foreigner and Alice Cooper, Ilous has continued to release albums well into the 2000s, along with film, songwriting and television work, and was chosen as led singer for Great White.

"Gypsy Dreams" is a nine-track salute to classic rock with a twist.
This is not exactly an 'unplugged' record as there's electrics mixed with acoustics, and the guitars are not just 'nylon-sounding' sweetness. The flamenco guitarists here are true beasts, and some riffs even feel more potent than through a distortion amp / pedal.

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The twist for Ilous is that he has taken such diverse classics such as Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes, DIO / Black Sabbath's Heaven And Hell or Chris Isaak's Wicked Game and given then a an acoustic / flamenco edge to them.
I also enjoyed a lot his take on Def Leppard's Love bites with a little raspy vocal performance.
Very well done, enjoyable classic songs. Two thumbs up!

1. Whole Lotta Love – (Led Zeppelin)
2. Boys Of Summer – (Don Henley)
3. In Your Eyes – (Peter Gabriel)
4. Long Train Running – (The Doobie Brothers)
5. Wicked Game – (Chris Isaak)
6. Heaven And Hell – (Black Sabbath)
7. Ride Like The Wind – (Christopher Cross)
8. Love Bites – (Def Leppard)
9. Kill The King – (Rainbow)

Terry Ilous – Vocals
Luis Villegas – Flamenco Guitar
Jose Garcia – Flamenco Guitar
Ben Woods – Flamenco Guitar
Mike Paganini – Bass
Jesse Stern – Bass
Chris Trujillo – Drums, Percussion
Al Velasquez – Drums, Percussion
Mike Bennett – Drums, Percussion
Natalie Gelman – Background Vocals

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BACKWOOD SPIRIT (Goran Edman) - Backwood Spirit (2017)

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BACKWOOD SPIRIT is formed by a bunch of experienced musicians from Sweden - fronted by legendary genius-singer Goran Edman - who are releasing their self-titled debut today, "Backwood Spirit".
On this record, the band brings their Nordic flair to the forefront on their take of the '70s Bluesy Rock & Soul sound.
Fans of classic acts in this vein, especially from Great Britain, along with modern era bands like Rival Sons and Blues Pills will easily give Backwood Spirit a new home in their collection.

Comprising veteran, 'I-can-sing-anything' vocalist Göran Edman and band founder, guitarist, songwriter Kent Engström, the duo begin work two years ago on what would become their debut album, "Backwood Spirit".
All told, a record filled with 8 tracks filled with endless amounts of passion and bluesy spirit.
Edman emotes so much soul in his vocals that they are soothing, dripping with conviction and also pain felt. What would Classic Bluesy Rock be without 'those' type of vocals? Mr. Marriott & Mr. Rodgers are being done awfully proud here!

Whether it be songs like "Take Me Home" with its slow shuffle and heartfelt crooning or the 'Black Crowes' vibe of "Piece Of The Peach" or the record ending "Water Of Change / Rainbow", complete with a slight little nod to Rush's epic masterpiece Xanadu in its intro, Backwood Spirit deliver an authentic '70s Revival experience that is not deceptive.

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This debut record from Backwood Spirit is so steeped in the backwoods country of the Southern U.S. goodness, that you will be hard pressed to convince anyone that these are Swedes dropping all this smooth and tasty Classic Bluesy goodness.
Engström's guitar is perfectly played with taste and touch, ala Paul Kossoff, with no offhanded wankery here, just seasoned and spiced so nice.
In 2017, it just shows that the 1970's were such an important era for music and its Classic Rock / Blues and Soul are being will preserved by the likes of Backwood Spirit.

Man, do I love the Swedes and their never-ending stream of great, great music!
Highly Recommended

1 - Give Me Good Lovin'
2 - Piece of the Peach
3 - Ain't Got Love
4 - Take Me Home
5 - When Love Comes Around
6 - Soul to Soul
7 - Get Your Wings (Teddy's Song)
8 - Water of Change / Rainbow

Göran Edman - Vocals
Kent Engström - Guitar
Niclas Boson - Bass
Joje Lindskoog - Ludwig Drums
Peter Emilson - Keyboards
Tobias Åslund - Keyboards on the album



JD MILLER - World War X (2017)

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After their very solid debut, "World War X" is the follow up album from Swedes JD MILLER released today via Mighty Music. "World War X" pretty much sounds like they say in the press release: 'a musical child bred by by Eclipse and Evergrey'. A daring statement, and truth to be said, they try to live up to this.

Sweden has a great tradition of producing fine music in both metal-related and AOR / melodic rock genres and, on "World War X", JD Miller seems to be trying to cross the divide and amalgamate the two.
With strong songwriting and a polished production, this CD is aimed to fans who like their rock melodious but with the big forceful sound that melodic metal brings to the table.

However, I hear that JD Miller, overall, lend more to the melodic hard, crunchy side of hard rock with tons of groove, and there's the 5-piece excels.
Many of the tracks are keyboard-inclined and the opening track, “Journey Through The Past” is a case in point, in which the ivory runs make several appearances. This opener is indicative of what to expect on the rest of the album; keyboard action, driving riffs, a big drum sound and effective / concise solos.

The vocals are quite interesting too because although they are strong, they often sound layered and don’t have the gravely effect that metal demands.
The majority of songs such as 'Power', 'Against the Wind' or 'Forgotten' fit the same formula of booming drums and gang-vocal choruses with the odd exception which includes 'Evergrey'.
Yeah, 'Evergrey' is the standout track of the album as it sets out to be a slower melodic rock song and everything fits beautifully. The pace is perfect, the vocals smooth and emotional and the guitar work excels. It will definitely be a lighter-waver when played live.

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If you like melodic, guitar driven rock fronted by powerful vocals and soaring harmonies all wrapped up in modern production, JD Miller's "World War X" is your thing.
The band mix the edge of melodic metal with hard rock groove plus melodic hard rock catchiness. This blend works finely, but I would like to hear the band playing straight melodic hard rock, I'm sure they would be blast.
Anyway, "World War X" is pretty killer, and a Highly Recommended listen.

01. Journey Through the Past
02. Against the Wind
03. My Open Arms
04. Evergrey
05. Power
06. Clouded Minds
07. Forgotten
08. Isolation
09. Wanderer of Light and Sorrow

Peter Halldén - Vocals, Keyboards
Alex Oriz - Guitars
Elias Fröjd - Guitars
Chris David - Bass
Emil Eriksson - Drums



ASTRAL DOORS - Black Eyed Children [Ltd. Edition Digipak +1] (2017)

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With their 8th full-length studio album, “Black Eyed Children” (via Metalville), released today April 28th, ASTRAL DOORS is a proof that even the most gifted, talent-rich musicians continue to get better with time, and after 15 years together, there are no signs of decline in the quality of music they create.
And the music these Swedes create is a DIO-worship to new heights. Yeah, “Black Eyed Children” is classic, traditional metal in a Ronnie James Dio vein.

Hailing from Borlänge, Dalarna in southeast Sweden, Astral Doors is comprised of Nils Patrik Johansson on vocals, Joachim Nordlund on guitar, Mats Gesar on guitar, Ulf Lagerstroem on bass, Johan Lindstedt on drums, and Jocke Roberg on keyboards, and plays what once was considered traditional Heavy Metal, back when Heavy Metal was the “cash cow” of the music industry.
Being an elite-talent driven, 'thinking man’s' style and because it’s becoming increasingly different than most contemporary formats of Metal, most would likely label their music a bit more on the Power Metal side.
Whatever you want to label it, this is the sound that Heavy Metal was born of.

The cornerstone of a band is most often a charismatic lead singer, and Nils Patrik Johansson is extraordinary. Carrying the torch for Astral Doors, as well as Lion’s Share and many other bands he is part of, Johansson has everything needed in a front man; powerful DIO-esque vocals, the stage presence of a legend, and a mastermind of a songwriter.
The twin guitars of Joachim Nordlund and Mats Gesar are heavy, thick and masterful, resurrecting old school power chords and guitar interludes with precision.

With all of that being said, talent will only get you so far in any form of rock n’ roll, so writing great songs is the only way to be elevated to 'the cream of the crop' status and Astral Door’s songwriting prowess is where this band truly shines.
“Black Eyed Children” is some seriously profound stadium-ready heavy rock from, what I believe to be, one of the most talented, underrated bands currently playing Heavy Metal.
There is no question that these guys possess a wealth of essential elements that the forefathers of traditional Metal built into the foundation of this genre and they display this authenticity with masterful ease.

Soaring vocals, guitars that ebb and flow between a wall of power chords and lower tones with a bluesy foundation, and a thunderous bottom end are what drives each and every track on this terrific album.
Extremely clean, chunky chords steeped in heavy metal history; drums, thick and full of punch; singer Nils Patrik Johansson’s ever-aging Dio-isms; 'We Cry Out' certainly sounds like it has the makings of a great opener.
Although there are no weak tracks found anywhere here, 'Good vs Bad', 'God Is The Devil', and 'Lost Boy' are standouts that really touched me, with my two favorite tracks being the atmospheric and magical 'Walls', and the edgy, classic '80s guitar-filled 'Die On Stage', a killer tune.

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In a time when most new bands are straying into the saturated and trendy sub-genres that highlight the many different styles of metal screams and growls, Astral Doors continue to stay true to their classic Heavy Metal roots and by doing so, honor the Metal Gods that so deeply influenced their souls.

With the many different ranges of Metal being released these days, “Black Eyed Children” is such a breath of fresh air that will have you raising your horns high in honor of all that is traditional, classic metal. This new material, as a whole, is as good as I’ve heard from this extremely gifted band and only raises the bar even higher.
This Limited Edition Digipak includes the bonus track 'Jesus Christ Moviestar' which somehow reminds me of Jorn, and the album artwork is slightly different.
Dio / Black Sabbath / Vandenberg's MoonKings (and alike) fans, this is a must have for you.

01 - We Cry Out
02 - Walls
03 - God Is the Devil
04 - Die on Stage
05 - Tomorrow's Dead
06 - Good vs. Bad
07 - Suburban Song
08 - Lost Boy
09 - Slaves to Ourselves
10 - Black Eyed Children
11 - Jesus Christ Moviestar (bonus track)

Nils Patrik Johansson - Vocals
Joachim Nordlund - Guitars
Mats Gesar - Guitars
Ulf Lagerstroem - Bass
Johan Lindstedt - Drums
Jocke Roberg - Keyboards
thanks to Jeff Legg



Thursday, April 27, 2017

ROCKETT LOVE - Grab The Rocket (2017)

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With only one song on iTunes and without any commercial backup, new Swedish Melodic Rock band ROCKETT LOVE received a great deal of radio time (and was featured in this blog's Advanced Releases series). The song is 'Rocket Love', and had a big viral spin when legend Beau Hill took the song to his studio and produced it.
Now via AOR Heaven Records, Rockett Love presents their full length debut "Grab The Rocket" to be released tomorrow.

The first thing that impress is the confidence these guys spread all over the record; they are not afraid to add a modern spin to the classic melodic hard rock formula, resulting in a fresh and at the same time ageless collection of songs.
Sure, the influences are shown, ranging from a Dave Lee Roth fronted Van Halen to a more contemporary Swedish melodic rock sound like Jeff Scott Soto's W.E.T., but Rockett Love has its own, distinctive sound.

Opener 'Never Surrender' with its punch, catchy choruses and the solid vocals of Daniel Samuelsson is the perfect example of what this band is all about, but there's more.
Next 'One of These Days' offers a different side, especially on the vocal phrasing, showcasing that Rockett Love is not just a one trick pony.
The single 'Rocket Love' (3rd song), with a powerful riff assemble + vocals that bring to mind W.E.T. is terrific. The chorus kills, the guitar soar, and the rhythm section a blast. A highlight.

'Whatever You Say' is built for the arenas (some Vega on it), 'We Will Be Heroes' has that early Van Halen swagger we all love, and 'Rev it Up' is darker, groovy, in the vein of the last Winger.
'Shining Light' rocks with potent riffs, and again here Samuelsson delivers a chameleonic vocal performance sounding different than on any of the previous tracks. This guy's range is amazing. There's a smoking guitar solo too.

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'Love and Money' is just another fabulous cut plenty of energy, then a pumping bass drives 'Line of Sight', a song with a distinctive set of riffs and again, great vocals, this time slightly raspy.
'Fall on Your Knees' add acoustics to the mix but this is not a ballad, and rocks with style.
For the end, 'Heart of Stone' bring some classy hard rock to the table, and damn, it certainly rocks. Sharp riffs, powerhouse vocals and a kickin' rhythm section.

The talent emerging from Sweden has not end in sight.
Rockett Love is just another terrific band, a young promise to the Melodic Hard Rock scene, and while "Grab The Rocket" is their first step they sound like a seasoned bunch of professionals, and the best part of all; they write killer songs.
Highly Recommended

01 - Never Surrender
02 - One of These Days
03 - Rocket Love
04 - What Ever You Say
05 - We Will Be Heroes
06 - Rev. It Up
07 - Shining Light
08 - Love and Money
09 - Line of Sight
10 - Fall on Your Knees
11 - Heart of Stone

Daniel Samuelsson (vocals)
Stefan Westerlund (guitar)
Gustaf Eklund (guitar)
Dennis Vestman (bass)
Fredrik Ahlin (drums)



ART NATION - Liberation (2017)

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ART NATION, the fast rising melodic rock act from Gothenburg, Sweden, will release its highly anticipated second album "Liberation" tomorrow, April 28th, via Sony Music / Gain and AOR Heaven Records.
This time around, the songs have more versatility and finesse, together with the melodies, catchy hooks, and stellar instrumental performances that Art Nation’s followers have come to expect. The band has been working closely together with selected external songwriters, bringing diversity to the album.

One thing about the Melodic Rock genre as a whole is that even though there is a large number of artists all pumping out amazing material, you may think that it all sounds the same.
You’d be very wrong as actually it’s a very diverse genre as there are always ways you can experiment with your tones, your melodies and your songs to give the music you create a very unique sound that is exclusive for your band and your band alone.
An example of this is Art Nation.

Already having experience fronting the excellent (now defunct) act Diamond Dawn, Swedish singer Alexander Strandell was already known in the genre for his amazing vocal range and energetic stage presence when playing shows and so after leaving his former band, his obvious love for this type of music drove him to carry on and form a new band.

That dream was soon made a reality as he was able to gain a bass player in the form of Simon Gudmundsson, with guitarist Christoffer Borg, and keyboardist Theodor Hedström (who also co-produced the album) joining soon after.
Following several live shows and TV appearances later and a second guitarist (Johan Gustavsson) and drummer (Carl Tudén) was found for the band and soon they had everything they needed to record “Revolution”.

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"Ghost Town" is just perfect the perfect melodic-hard opener, punchy, vibrant and with a killer contagious chorus. "Maniac" add a big groove to it, plus a clever chant that reminds me of H.E.A.T. "I'm Alive" starts slowly with a haunting melody and then, when it comes to the chorus, it explodes onto a kicking melodic rock ball of fire.
With "Kiss Up & Kick Down" you'll be hit by a monstrous modern melodic rock anthem, then 'Paralyzed' and 'A Thousand Charades' are beautifully polished nuggets of hard driving poppy melodic rock, a smash-down-the-barricades stance reflected in the buoyant 'One Nation'.

All of the songs on this album are not just well written and well produced but they also have some amazing melodies to them. Art Nation are very clever at the arrangements, and in many ways, this factor set them apart from the Melodic Rock scene.
Their sound is familiar, but the guys add their own spin and the entire "Liberation" feels pretty unique.
One of the best Melodic Hard Rock albums of the year for sure.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Ghost Town
02 - Maniac
03 - The Real Me
04 - Kiss Up & Kick Down
05 - When Stars Align
06 - One Nation
07 - A Thousand Charades
08 - Take Me Home
09 - I'm Alive
10 - Paralyzed
11 - What Do You Want

Alexander Strandell - Vocals
Christoffer Borg - Guitar
Johan Gustavsson - Guitar
Simon Gudmundsson - Bass
Theodor Hedström - Keyboards
Carl Tudén - Drums



BAI BANG - Rock Of Life (2017)

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Swedish uber-melodic rockers BAI BANG will release their new album “Rock Of Life” next April 28 through German label AOR Heaven. Since their origins, Bai Bang's aim was to deliver simple, fun, entertaining melodic rock, and this new album isn't the exception.

Bai Bang’s recipe for Melodic Rock lay on the basics when you try to craft a hit: short song length, sing-along choruses, easy living melodies and catchiness all over.
The new disc is more melodic and quite more commercial than previous excursions. Diddi´s vocals are stronger and have more depth than we have heard before… and the music contains the same high level of intensity with positive and bright messages and will become instant anthems for all melodic rockers, young and veterans.

Title track and 'Stop Messin´ Around' are two tracks here that perfectly sums-up what Bai Bang is all about; fun, toe-tapping melodic rock with crystal clear vocals and polished production.
'Hey Hey You' is sticky akin Warrant, they turn the volume up for 'Smoking Hot', and 'Gonna Rock You' is designed for the arenas.
All are good, entertaining songs, and the band delivers a solid acoustic version of 'Only the Best Die Young' (an old rocker from the band) and even flirt with classic rock on closer 'Telephone Line'.

RICHIE KOTZEN - I'm Coming Out (2011)tracks

Bai Bang keep it true to their original premise: entertain you. “Rock Of Life” is a solid, very enjoyable collection of Melodic Rock tunes perfectly crafted and recorded by mastermind Diddi Kastenholt (vocals / songwriter), a veteran who knows a trick or two about this genre...
The album is subtitled 'Do You Wanna Taste It', and definitely you should do it.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Crazy Night
02 - Hey Hey You
03 - Heart and Soul
04 - Rock of Life
05 - Stop Messin' Around
06 - Only the Best Die Young (Acoustic Version)
07 - Smoking Hot
08 - Gonna Rock You
09 - Runaway
10 - Gimme All Your Love
11 - Telephone Line

Diddi Kastenholt - Vocals
Filip Wilhelmsson - Guitar, backing vocals
Christoffer Svensson - Bass
Oskar Wennberg - Drums



LONELY ROBOT - The Big Dream [Digipak +3] (2017)

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To be released tomorrow, "The Big Dream" is the title of the second album by LONELY ROBOT, the fascinating project created by producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena et all).
We were really impressed on this blog by Lonely Robot's debut, and this new offering is similarly amazing.

Whereas on the first album, Mitchell brought in a number of guest musicians and vocalists to bring his compositions to life, now has a firm band around him. He again plays all instruments (bar the drums) here and there, but there's a stable line-up including the ever reliable Frost* bandmate Craig Blundell on drums, bassist Steve Vantsis who has been a long time collaborator with Fish and whose Tilt album Mitchell mixed, and the eminently quotable Liam Holmes on keys.

After a two year wait we get the second part of the trilogy from Lonely Robot, this "The Big Dream", where the story continues and it is best explained by John Mitchell himself – “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent.”
The album benefits from a big Sci-Fi feel, with ‘Prologue (Deep Sleep)’ ushering in the album and following on from where ‘Airlock’ started the debut album off.

Musically, Mitchell doesn't venture far from Lonely Robot's previous album, his classic melodic progressive rock roots, or his influences from his current bands which include Frost*, It Bites, Kino, and Arena.
Mitchell has a melodic, yet deliberate, voice. Following the melodies and wrapped in the keyboards, the vocal arrangements have a largeness to a full bodied warmth. Also, Mitchell is a master at using his keyboards to create atmosphere, whether for basic synth orchestration or something more ethereal, fitting his astronaut.

The most catchy songs here, and personal favorites, are ‘Awakenings’ and ‘Sigma’ both benefit from memorable melodies and choruses. Craig Blundell’s drumming is something else on ‘Awakenings’, simply jaw dropping.
‘In Floral Green’ is a lighter moment and Mitchell’s melodic singing greatly add to the song. He does really excel at producing these gentle and melodious songs, with ‘Hello World Goodbye’ being another fine example on this album.

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The title track links back to the debut album with the plea to the lonely robot to come home and is the ‘prog epic’ on this album, although John Mitchell never goes for those endless noodling songs beloved of some progressive artists.
The relentless beat and special effects vocals on ‘Symbolic’ took a little while to appreciate, although the guitar solo is one of many fine ones throughout the album.

The conclusion is rather simple. With "The Big Dream", Mitchell's Lonely Robot has created another creative and entertaining album of melodic progressive rock. The theme of sleep / stasis and what happens during it, runs throughout the album and like any good lyrics gets the listener thinking long after the music has finished.
The whole record holds together perfectly and yes, it is another release I am sure that will make my year end top-fifty albums with ease.
Fascinating to see where the next and final musical installment of the Astronaut ends up, until then we have "The Big Dream" to savour and enjoy.
HIGHLY Recommended

01. Prologue (Deep Sleep)
02. Awakenings
03. Sigma
04. In Floral Green
05. Everglow
06. False Lights
07. Symbolic
08. The Divine Art of Being
09. The Big Dream
10. Hello World Goodbye
11. Epilogue (Sea Beams)
12. In Floral Green (acoustic version)
13. The Divine Art of Being (acoustic version)
14. Why Do We Stay? (feat. Kim Seviour)

John Mitchell (Kino, It Bites, Arena) - vocals, guitars, keys, bass
Steve Vantsis (Fish) - bass
Craig Blundell (Frost*) - drums
Liam Holmes - keyboards
Bonita McKinney - backing vocals
Kim Seviour (ex-Touchstone) - guest vocals



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

KILL FOR EDEN - Petty Crimes (2017)

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Some time ago we featured on this blog the debut from KILL FOR EDEN, and after a couple of EP's the group are releasing their second full length CD titled "Petty Crimes". Based in London, but with a distinctly international flavour (two Brits, an Australian and a drummer from Siberia), Kill For Eden have been making high-octane heavy rock together since 2011.
While that was very solid debut album, "Petty Crimes" is a huge step further in terms of songwriting, and especially the excellent production sound.

Kill For Eden is female singer Lyla D’Souza – a seasoned professional hailing from Australia – Londoner Dave Garfield Brown (veteran guitarist who has toured alongside acts from Joe Cocker to Rammstein) bassist Mike McGuiness and Russian born drummer Wally Miroshnikov.
Built on massive melodies and huge hooks coupled with charismatic choruses, Kill For Eden's energetic style blends hard rockin' groove with the rock&pop sensibility of Blondie. Chuck-in a rocking Pat Benatar side and you have the recipe.

After the boisterous yet poppy opener ‘Burn Out’, there's a crash of guitar and soaring harmonies in the attention-grabber 'Woke Up Alone', a lively lure which soon settles into a calm moment of melodic strumming alongside D’Souza’s magnetic voice.
A poppy melody drives the bouncy ‘Army Of Ants’, and if you were looking for an '80 radio friendly tune then ‘Love You So’ will keep you dancing for a while.

‘Give Into Me’ is one of the most elaborated songs on the album, with varied guitars riffs panned all over in the mix - great production - steady drumming and some powerhouse vocals by D’Souza.
Then they switch again to rock&pop on ‘Pay The Piper’ where the guitars have a slightly bluesy feel but the heart of the song is a pure pop melody.

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As you see, Kille For Eden are a quite eclectic band, and this work wonders.
If you need more variation, ‘Toe The Line’ sees the band moving into a hard rockin', metallic territory with crunching riffs and impassioned classic rock lead vocals. Great guitar solo here courtesy of Dave Colwell (Bad Company).
Also in bluesy hard style we have ‘Halley’s Comet’ featuring the guest appearance of Doogie White (La Paz, Michael Schenker) in a vocal duet plenty of style where D’Souza shine as well.
‘Brave New World’ is the (semi) ballad including acoustics and soulful vocals, then for the end Kill For Eden delivers a cover of the very good Republica little hit ‘Ready To Go’ done with attitude.

Kill For Eden is one of the best female-fronted acts from the current UK scene, mixing rocking songs with '80s inspired rock&pop melodies. Their new album "Petty Crimes" is a self-managed effort, but let me tell you this doesn't sounds indie at all.

While their debut CD was pretty raw in terms of sound, this new record results very polished but energetic with layers of crunching guitars all over, cleverly mixed (you need to listen to it with headphones) by mastermind Dave Garfield Bown who has produced the whole thing with crisp results.
Not many paid attention to Kill For Eden's previous album, perhaps it's time for you to check this vital album, one that easily could give the band the breakthrough they deserve.
Very Recommended

01 - Burn Out
02 - Woke Up Alone
03 - Army of Ants
04 - Love You So
05 - Give in to Me
06 - Pay the Piper
07 - Toe the Line
08 - Halley's Comet (feat. Doogie White)
09 - Sticks Man
10 - Brave New World
11 - Ocean Breeze
12 - Ready to Go

Lyla D'Souza – Vocals
Dave Garfield Bown – Guitar
Mike McGuinness – Bass
Wally Miroshnikov – Drums
Rob Taggart – Keyboards
Doogie White – Vocals on 'Halley’s Comet'
Dave Colwell (Bad Company) – Guitar solo on 'Toe The Line'



FASTWAY - Eat Dog Eat [US Edition +1] (retail)

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This was requested by one of you; the return of FASTWAY after 21 years outta the scene with "Eat Dog Eat", and this US Edition including a bonus track. Darn, listening to this baby again I almost forgot how good slice of hot classic hard rock it is.

Formed back in 1983 by Fast Eddie Clarke (ex Motörhead) and Pete Way (UFO), after enjoying success with albums like 'Fastway', 'All Fired Up' and 'Waiting For The Roar', the band ground to a halt in 1991.
"Eat Dog Eat" marks their first new studio album since 1990 and featured the remodeled line-up of Fast Eddie Clarke, drummer Matt Eldridge and former Little Angels & Gun frontman Toby Jepson.
Jepson has always been a superb musician and with Fast Eddie in inspired songwriting form, this is an impressive comeback that will be lapped up by old-timers and should win them plenty of new admirers along the way.

Fastway's current incarnation takes helpings of classic hard rock beasts from the '70s, a hint of '80s Whitesnake, maybe even a little of Thunder's spice, and serves it up with a healthy slice of Little Angels, all of this should be enough to satisfy the appetite of many rocking souls.
Hitting their stride immediately with the midtempo bluesy rocker "Deliver Me" it is clear this new incarnation of the band for the new Century is extremely slick, streamlined and bursting with confidence. There's passionate vocals by Toby Jepson and a smokin' guitar solo.

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"Leave The Light On" has a memorable swagger that was a trademark of Fastway's first era when they had considerable success with both the eponymous debut and 'All Fired Up'. Eddie delivers a sharp solo.

"Loving Fool" is a great rocker with a catchy chorus and some 'fast' brilliant guitar lines, while "Dead And Gone" is a huge track featuring a heavy bluesier sound, rumbling bass lines and a great live feeling.
Fastway never was a fashion band. They were playing old-fashioned pure hard rock with attitude. Even back in his Motörhead days Clarke could always come up with a great melody as on the rousing "Who Do You Believe?".

The slinky opening riff of "Sick As A Dog" sounds like it could have graced the band's first albums, while a title such as "Love I Need" may suggest a ballad but the insistent, grinding riff plus Jepson's call-and-response delivery equals another moody blues rocker with Clarke again serving up a tasty solo. One of the better songs on the album.
"On And On" ends the regular tracklist with some powerhouse drumming from the energetic Eldridge and more blistering guitar work, and this US version of the album includes the bonus track "Only If You Want It", a groovy yet melodic hard rocker with an '80s feel recalling Y&T best era.

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Fast Eddie Clarke returned with a vengeance; Fastway's "Eat Dog Eat" really takes us back to the classic, basic hard rock, resting on the traditional British bluesy foundation.
Clarke is in top form delivering razor riffs and melting solos, and he's lost none of his six string prowess. Jepson proves himself as a great musician for this style with his smoky, melodious tones perfectly suiting this collection of immaculately crafted rockers. Jepson also handled the excellent production sound, walking just the right line between gutsy & raw / clear & polished, and the songs themselves hit the spot with unrelenting accuracy.

"Eat Dog Eat" is a very, very consistent collection of top class, blues-infused hard rock. If you love the traditional, classic sound of the genre, there's no doubt that you will enjoy this album with a big smile in your face.
Highly Recommended

01 - Deliver Me
02 - Fade Out
03 - Leave The Light On
04 - Loving Fool
05 - Dead And Gone
06 - Sick As A Dog
07 - Freedom Song
08 - Do You Believe?
09 - Love I Need
10 - On And On
11 - Only If You Want It

Eddie 'Fast' Clarke - Guitars
Toby Jepson - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Matt Eldridge - Drums, Percussion



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