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CD review MYLES KENNEDY "Year of the Tiger"

Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2018 von Markus W. in Myles Kennedy, Rock, Blues, Folk, Americana, News, CD Review, Napalm Records

CD review MYLES KENNEDY "Year of the Tiger"

(8/10) I guess it’s not necessary to introduce Myles Kennedy. The singer from Boston is well known as being the frontman of Slash as well as he is the singer of Alter Bridge.  

This time the singer with the iconic voice takes a slightly different musical direction compared to what we have heard of him over the last years. The process of working on this album began seven years ago and after it was finished things didn’t feel as good as thought since time moved on. A view on things with a fresh pair of eyes led to starting from scratch again. Songs were written in no time and the best eleven ones ended up on “Year of the Tiger”.

The longplayer became a very personal one with Kennedy processing the death of his father, who died when he was four years old. Addressing such a personal topic as the main theme for the album brings a lot of emotions to forefront. Each of the songs is touching already by listening to the music only, emphasized even more by the lyrics. It’s not the screaming guitars and the mighty rhythm section that gives a musical direction on “Year of the Tiger”. It’s sensitivity, feelings and a certain level of melancholy that’s embedded in each of the eleven songs on the album.

Instead of being a hardrock record or even a metal longplayer “Year of the Tiger” brings a mixture of rock, blues, Americana and folk to the table, styles that ask for instruments like mandolin, banjos and lap steel.

The difference of a good singer and an excellent vocalist is the range of styles that can be covered by one voice. Kennedy got this gift, being a great alternative metal singer, an excellent hardrock vocalist and an outstanding solo artist – like on “Year of the Tiger”. This album doesn’t invite for headbanging. This longplayer touches your heart and soul.





  1. Year of the Tiger
  2. The GreatBeyond
  3. Blind Faith
  4. Devil on the Wall
  5. Ghost nof Shangri La
  6. Turning Stones
  7. Haunting By Design
  8. Mother
  9. Nothing But a Name
  10. Love Can Only Heal
  11. Songbird
  12. One Fine Day


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018



Veröffentlicht am 18. September 2017 von Markus W. in Shawn James, Shwan James and The Shapeshifters, Americana, Blues, Folk, CD Review, News


(7/10) Next to his new solo release “On the Shoulder of Giants” Shawn James also publishes a new EP with The Shapeshifters. “The Bear” is part two of a trilogy and tells the story an old bear who awakes from along winter sleep , going through his final adventures in life.

The EP tells this tale in six chapters with songs that are musically based on Americana Blues. What Shawn James and The Shapeshifters manage is to get the story of the big old bear perfectly translated into music that expresses the connected feelings. If you close your eyes you can ‘see’ the old guy opening his eyes after months of sleep with the first sunrays hurting the pupils. You can also feel the beauty of freedom in “Chapter III” while the final chapter, “Chapter IV Demise”, expresses sadness and grayness of the final step.

“The Bear” is a touching release that transports a lot of feel in conjunction with very well-done music, emotionally affecting the listener.





  1. Chapter I Awaken
  2. Chapter II Hunger
  3. Chapter III Freedom
  4. Chapter IV Omens
  5. Chapter V The Raven Mocker
  6. Chapter VI Demise


Label: Shawn James Music

Genre: Folk Rock

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017