Here’s the latest reviews that I have written for the rock and metal site Ghost Cult Magazine, click the links to read them in full.
This is their fourth record together and their best one yet, their fiery and finely tuned brand of modern hard rock is expertly enhanced by it being recorded live. From the barnstorming opener ‘The River is Rising’, the hooky earworm ‘Actions Speak Much Louder Than Words’ and the energetic ‘April Fool’ – the chemistry and class on show is apparent.
The veteran German rockers are at it again with new album Rock Believer – it is their 19th record and is a sometimes enjoyable but largely forgettable affair. It sees them churning out their distinctive, arena sized classic rock on autopilot complete with typically weird artwork, this one will not live long in the memory so just stick on Love at First Sting again.
The worlds of hip hop and country have collided, in the form of Yelawolf and Shooter Jennings respectively, to create Sometimes Y; a wide and varied album, and one of the surprises of the year so far. Their debut album as a duo is an enthralling mix of styles, including hard rock (‘Sometimes Y’), power pop (‘Make Me a Believer’), AOR (‘Radio’) and a lush piano ballad (‘Catch You on The Other Side’).
A stoner rock outfit from the lone star state, Greenbeard’s third album Variant – aptly named after the Covid enforced delays – is a heavy and hazey offering that incorporates soul, blues, psychedelic and metal elements to good effect. Including the ‘it works but it really shouldn’t’ saxophone solos in amongst the fuzzy riffs and pounding drums of ‘Get in the car. No time to explain’.