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CD review EZOO "Feeding the Beast"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in EZoo, Dario Mollo, Graham Bonnet, Rainbow, News, CD Review, Melodic Metal, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock

CD review EZOO "Feeding the Beast"
(7/10) Guitarist Dario Mollo and singer Graham Bonnet united forces, working on an album entitled "Feeding the Beast". The guys, firming under the banner of EZoo, unveiled twelve new songs that can be found on this longplayer. 'New' is actually the wrong description since the album comes with two cover versions. The duo has done new versions of the late Rainbow classic "Eye of the World" and "Since You've Been Gone". The fact that these two covers are belonging to the best stuff on the album says already something.  
 
There are no doubts about Molo's and Bonnet's credits in rock music. These guys have a long track-record, being involved in some bands and solo project, which is maybe why my expectations have been rather high. Unfortunately these expectations haven't been fully met. There are good songs on the album. Next to the mentioned cover versions it's the opener that comes across as a dynamic rocker with a good groove. Mollo's guitar capabilities are captured on the short "The Flight of the Sapini" before the uptempo "C'est la vie" adds again some drive to this album. 
 
The centrepiece of this longplayer is the title track "Feeding the Beast" that combines multilayered structures with rock and metal, sometimes loud, sometimes calm and gentle. 
 
But there are songs on this record that doesn't create a real wow moment. "Cooler Than is Cool" is OK but no blast and "Motorbyke" doesn't really gain speed at all. Somehow this longplayer, with all the good and less good, misses a bit of a flow. The scattered "Too High to be Falling" is a perfect example. With the melodic chorus being OK, the verse and bridge sounds like guitar and vocals playing in different ballgames. 
 
"Feeding the Beast" is an album that feels partly like a missed opportunity. It leaves some open questions like, what did the guys want to achieve with it? What the cover versions show though is how good the later Rainbow era records have been. This release was a good trigger to reactivate my "Down to Earth" vinyl, but not much more.
 
 
(7/10) 
 
 
Tracklist 
  1. You are Your Money 
  2. The Flight of the Sapini 
  3. C'est la vie 
  4. Guys from God 
  5. Feeding the Beast 
  6. Eyes of the World 
  7. Cooler Than Cool 
  8. Too High to be Falling 
  9. Motorbyke 
  10. Since You've Been Gone 
  11. Don't Look Back 
  12. CODA 
 
 
Label: earMusic
 
Genre: Hardrock 
 
Release Date EU: June 2nd, 2017
 

 

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CD review DARIO MOLLO'S CROSSBONES "Rock the Cradle"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in Dario Mollo, Crossbones, Melodic Metal, News, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Rock, CD Review, Frontiers Music

(7/10) Crossbones isn't a new outfit of Italian guitarist Dario Mollo. He started with the band already back in 1981, but it was his cooperation with Tony Martin and Glenn Hughes that brought him more into the spotlight.

Now, in 2016, Mollo returns to his roots by releasing a new album of Crossbones. "Rock the Cradle" features ten interesting hardrock songs, covering a wider range of styles. Let's take the first three tracks as an example. "Red" is number one on the album and comes with a strong 70's classic rock approach. A good song and a well-done opener. With "Take Me High" Mollo leaves the 70's and enters the 80's. More than once I had to think about Rainbow in the "Difficult to Cure" days. The last song in this triple is called "Navigation" and things change again. The beginning of this tune is cold, connected to some samples and a gloomy modern metal riff.

This journey through styles continues with the title track that switches between Nu metal riffs and silent moments. "Gates of Time" is the obligatory ballad on the longplayer before a melodic rocker called "I Got This Feeling" brings back the adrenaline.

"Rock the Cradle" is a strange album. Even though there is some more consistency towards the end the longplayer feels scattered since there are so many styles and variations included in each of the ten tunes. Each song for itself might be a good one, but I partly miss the common features due to a lacking red thread. It feels more like Mollo playing what he's burning for, which of course is a good thing. However, a bit more of a homogenous expression would have been a good thing.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Red
  2. Take Me High
  3. Navigation
  4. Rock the Cradle
  5. Gates of Time
  6. I Got This Feeling
  7. In My Blood
  8. Running from the Shadow
  9. Speed
  10. Fright

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: December 2nd, 2016

CD review DARIO MOLLO'S CROSSBONES "Rock the Cradle"
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CD review VOODOO HILL "Waterfall"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Voodoo Hill, Glenn Hughes, Dario Mollo, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Heavy Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) And again it's Frontiers Music that brings together some genre icons to work on a new album. Voodoo Hill is the name of the cooperation out of guitarist Dario Mollo and singer legend Glenn Hughes. Having those two guys working together rose my expectations when it comes to "Waterfall"; the new album of Voodoo Hill.

So, CD into the play, pressing 'start' and looking forward to an exciting journey; that was the plan. But the first two tracks didn't knock off my socks. The opener "All That Remains" is a more complex track that isn't easy to access, even though it has a cool groove. "The Well" instead felt for me like the guys stayed in second gear by having five gears available. It's Glenn Hughes voice that safes the song from being too trivial. After such a beginning the question vame to my mind if I have had too high expectations.

No, I haven't. Fortunatly from track three on "Waterfall" becomes really exciting. "Rattle Shake Bone" is build on a really cool riff that shakes your bones. No comparison to the opening double.

The slow grooving "Underneath and Down Below" is next, a song that's located somewhere between the 80's Rainbow and Deep Purple. Also "Waterfall" has this classic rock expression that goes partly back to the 70's, by adding a modern touch to it.

Again, you have to go though the hard times in the beginning of this album in order to enjoy the rest. Numbers such as "Evil Thing" and the bluesy "White Feather" compensate for this and make "Waterfall" to a superb heavy rock album that lives up to the earlier mentioned high expectations.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. All That Remains
  2. The well
  3. Rattle Shake Bone
  4. Underneath and Down Below
  5. Waterfall
  6. Karma go
  7. Evil Thing
  8. Eldorado
  9. White Feather
  10. Sunflower
  11. Last Door

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 16th, 2015

CD review VOODOO HILL "Waterfall"
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