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CD review KAMCHATKA " The search goes on"

Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2014 von Markus W. in Kamchatka, Blues Rock, Rock, CD Review

(8/10) Retro is trendy. Bands who jump in the retro and classic rock train get more and more at the moment. If you haven't heard about Kamchatka so far you might say: "Just another one". But this is not correct. In fact "The search goes on" is album number five from the Swedish guys. And they founded the band already in 2005.

On "The search goes on" the band continues with the heavy blues rock we know them for. Ten tunes which are all really good. The album has no fillers and is, based on that, highly entertaining.

The record starts with "Somedays" which comes with a heavy riff and a cool break before the chorus starts. "Coast to coast" reminds me a bit to the early Whitesnake in the 'Trouble' times while "Tango decadence" with its pounding drums in the verse has a touch of Queens Of The Stone Age. A highlight is for sure also the soulful "Broken man". The way how this song is build up is just great. From slow to powerful the songs develops along the way and transports the 'broken man feeling' really strong. When I heard the song I also had to think about Seattle. I wonder why ;o) My personal fave is the pumping "Thanks you for your time". The song grooves like hell and it's the almost hypnotic beat which merciless pushes this song forward. 

Producer Per Wiberg (Candlemass, Spiritual Beggars,...) gave the album an excellent sound. By the way, Per also played the bass parts on the album since the band haven't had a bassplayer when the recorded the album. Also here Per did a real good job. Just listen to the bassline in "Son of the sea".

All in all an gorgeous heavy blues rock album which is perfect entertainment. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Somedays
  2. Son of the sea
  3. Tango decadence
  4. Coast to coast
  5. Pressure
  6. Cross the distance
  7. Broken man
  8. Dragons
  9. Thank you for your time
  10. The search goes on

 

Label: Despotz Records

Genre: Blues Rock

CD review KAMCHATKA " The search goes on"
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CD review BERGREN KERSLAKE BAND (BKB) "The sun has gone hazy"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Dezember 2013 von Markus W. in Bergren Kerslake Band, Blues Rock, CD Review, News, BKB

(7/10) The Bergren Kerslake Band is a cooperation between Swedish singer, guitarist and keyboarder Stefan Bergren and drummer Lee Kerslake. The first mentioned one is maybe known by some of you since he was part of bands like e.g. Snakes In Paradise and Kerlake is well-known as being the drummer of Uriah Heep.

The history of the two guys gives already a hint on the music of the album. “The sun has gone hazy” became a blues rock album which makes fun to listen to. Eventhough the music and the sound aren’t very new the album is very entertaining. The production, done by Bergren, is good, powerful and has that typical warm blues sound.

„Walk tall“ is a fantastic opener. This song is blues pure and has an energizing drive. A cool song. “Super sonic dream” is a nice fast track. I had to think about Blackfoot when I heard the track the first time. Another fave of mine is the title track "The sun has gone hazy". It's a grooving midtempo rocker with a great chorus. "Back on the road agian" starts a bit like Davy's on the raod again from Manfred Mann. But this is just in the beginning. The hammond organ gives the song a warm background and the hooks just stick. The choir in the chorus is the cherry on the pie. There is of course also a ballad called “Born again”. Not a highlight, but a song with a lot of passion and feeling. This is what counts.

“The sun has gone hazy” became a good blues rock album which I can recommend to all fans from bands like Whitesnake to ZZ Top.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Walk tall
  2. Super sonic dream
  3. My my
  4. The sun has gone hazy
  5. Free
  6. Fools asleep
  7. As times goes by
  8. Rock’n’roll gangsta
  9. Back on the road again
  10. Born again

 

Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Blues Rock

CD review BERGREN KERSLAKE BAND (BKB) "The sun has gone hazy"
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