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Voodoo Highway – Pervert County

Posted in Rock with tags , , , on 27th August 2016 by izaforestspirit

Voodoo Highway
Pervert County EP
Released: 1st June 2016
Classic Rock/Hard Rock
Self-Released

‘Pervert County’ is the new EP from the Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway. The band have released two albums prior to this; ‘Broken Uncle’s Inn’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Showdown’ which I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. This release is available from the band’s Bandcamp page as a free download.

Well, I’m not sure what to make of the cover or the title for that matter. It’s hard to know what to expect from the words “pervert county” and a very plump-looking pig on the front cover. Let’s just hope that the music is better or at least less confusing.

This particular EP is rather short with only three tracks, so I will do my best to say something about each of them. First up is NY Dancer starting with a slow, bluesy guitar riff before gradually picking up the pace and revealing its true nature as a good, old school hard rock tune. It’s great to see that the vocalist hasn’t lost his edge either. The single and the track that they made a video for, Grace of the Lord is very much guitar-driven offering a good mix of catchy rocking style with the occasional groove guitar melodies. Last but certainly not least is my favourite, Tears of a Brand New Sea, a very cheerful, classic rock song marking the end to what has been a very enjoyable EP.

Overall, all I can say is “don’t let the cover or the title put you off”. The music is actually pretty good. I’d happily recommend this to fans of classic rock and hard rock. So far, so good – I’m looking forward to the new album.

4/5

Iza Raittila

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Jettblack announce release date for compilation album Black Gold

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 15th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

UK rockers Jettblack have announced 19th August as the release date for their new compilation album, titled Black Gold. The 13 track collection will includes covers of three hard rock anthems (originally recorded by Motorhead, Heart and AC/DC), as well as a brand new song, Red Horizon and to top it all off guest appearances from members of Deep Purple and Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy. And if that’s not enough, the new Jettblack single – a revised version of Black Gold, a track from latest Jettblack studio album, Raining Rock, out now via Spinefarm, will be featured on the compilation. Will Stapleman, vocalist and guitarist for Jettblack, commented:

We’re very happy to have a lot of our bonus material finally released on a physical format, but we didn’t want this album to be all about the past – which is why we recorded the three new tracks. We loved working on the Heart and Motorhead covers, but it was especially satisfying to get a version of Red Horizon down on tape. We’ve had this song since the Raining Rock album, and you’ll hear the full version on JB studio album number three – the version here is acoustic, but I think it shows what a big song for us this will be…

Black Gold track listing:

1) ‘Black Gold’ (feat. Damon Johnson) – new edited version.
2) ‘Feel The Love’ (feat. Ian Paice of Deep Purple) – from the ‘Raining Rock’ sessions, previously digital only.
3) ‘Weapon’ – from the ‘Raining Rock’ sessions.
4) ‘Fade Away’ – from the ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’ sessions.
5) ‘Let Me Put My Love Into You’ (AC/DC cover) – previously only available on a cover-mounted CD.
6) ‘Red Horizon’ (acoustic) – previously unreleased.
7) ‘Barracuda’ (Heart cover) – previously unreleased.
8) ‘Name In Vain’ (Motorhead cover) – previously unreleased.
9) ‘War Between Us’ (acoustic) – previously digital only.
10) ‘Not Even Love’ (acoustic) – previously digital only.
11) ‘Sunshine’ (acoustic) – previously digital only.
12) ‘Prison Of Love’ (acoustic) – previously digital only.
13) ‘Black Gold’ – full album version.

The new edit of Black Gold has been released today as a single via Spinefarm Records.

On the live front, Jettblack have just embarked on a string of UK festival appearances; these include Scar Fest in Stoke-On-Trent on 25th August.

Jettblack online:

http://facebook.com/jettblackuk
http://twitter.com/jettblackuk

 

Voodoo Highway – Showdown

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , on 13th May 2013 by izaforestspirit

Voodoo Highway
Showdown
Released 26th April 2013
Classic Rock/ Hard Rock
Released via Dust on The Tracks Records

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‘Showdown’ is the second album from the Italian classic rock band Voodoo Highway. It is the follow up to their 2011 debut release ‘Broken Uncle’s Inn’. The band’s popularity amongst classic rock fans has led to several hailing them as “the new Deep Purple”. The cover-art for ‘Showdown’ was designed Storm Thorgerson (known for his work with Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath).

Straight from the offset you’re in for some catchy rock tunes with the aptly titled This Is Rock’n’Roll, Wankers! taking you on a journey filled with energetic, fun sounding guitar riffs and sing-along vocals. Ok, the lyrics are a little silly but it’s all done in the name of good fun. It’s not all catchy rock tunes though, as the slower tracks like Wastin’ Miles prove that Voodoo Highway is no one-trick-pony and they can produce great-sounding, melodic guitar ballads.

The main thing that stands out on here is the guitars which offer an impressive range of catchy riffs, groovy melodies and solos adding to the overall energetic feel of the music. If it’s guitar solos you’re after, look no further than A Spark From The Sacred Fire for your next air guitar practice session. Then there’s Mountain High which sees the focus shift towards the keyboards for the first time, a somewhat unexpected move but seems to suit the song.

There’s something really uplifting about this album. It’s easy to picture this playing in the background on a hot summer day when you’re having a barbeque with your non-metal friends.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Blood Of The Sun – Burning On The Wings Of Desire

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , , , on 17th January 2013 by Pieni

Blood Of The Sun
“Burning On The Wings Of Desire”
Released: 11th November 2012
classic hard rock / groove
Released via Listenable Records

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Saying Blood Of The Sun is a 70’s-hard-rock-inspired band is quite an understatement – Blood Of The Sun is a time machine set to take you to that decade. The only hint of the current millennium is probably the cleaner, sharper sound of the instruments, product of the latest technology.

All eight tracks are filled with loose guitars, groovy beats and colourful keyboards – the organ kind of keyboards, no synths or even piano. Like I said, ‘70s.

The first track, “Let It Roll”, makes justice to its title, mixing the aforementioned elements in a happy rocking tune. It also contains one of the best guitar-vs.-keys solo in the album – even if it lasts 1/3 of the song.

Up next comes the title-track, its pace a notch slower. Until minute 1:45, give or take a second, the melody is based on the same riffs, sounding too repetitive and almost annoying. But then, as if an “end of the first act”, the music changes into a clear memorial to Jon Lord and his work with Deep Purple. The song remains instrumental from there until the end, and unlike its first part, it provides a wide diversity of chords and hooks.

“Can’t Stop My Heart”, “The Snitch” and “Rock Your Station” resume the straightforward ‘70s hard rock of “Let It Roll”. As for “Good Feeling”, “Good And Evil” and especially “Brings Me Down”, the feeling of Southern blues has a strong hold.

This album manages to combine simple and complex passages, making it pleasant to both demanding and “light” listeners – as long as they’re into this retro essence.

4 / 5

Renata “Pieni” Lino