As the color starts creeping into the leaves outside my window and the days get cooler, it's good I have a great selection of new review material.
Sinner - One Bullet Left
Sinner have fully embraced their previous hints of a Thin Lizzy fascination and gone for it full bore. Mat Sinner of Primal Fear fame has dropped any thought of this band being trad heavy metal and gone for the louche' hard rock of Thin Lizzy. Now Lizzy is a great band, but do we really another sound-alike? After all, we have a sound-alike touring band called Thin Lizzy already. You will see their live disc reviewed below.
The first song "The One You Left Behind" is fairly metallic, but there is still a strong hint of hard rock rather than metal kicking around. But "Back on Track" is so Lizzy-like I was convinced it was a freaking cover and had to check my Lizzy facts to make sure it was original. Then again the lyrics are so cheesy I should have known it was not penned by Lynott. It's a fun enough yarn, but positively screams its influences. The next track "Give and Take" has a bit more of an AC/DC vibe. Then it's back to Lizzy-isms with "One Bullet Left", a German take on that Irish hard rock sound that is quite amusing.
This reminds me of some of those supergroups of Scandinavian metal-heads who get together for a good ole' retro crack at classic heavy rock. Taken by those standards this isn't a bad album at all and quite fun. It took me a while to get into the vibe, but give it half a chance and you will find yourself singing along soon enough.
Gary Moore - Live a Montreux 2010
Yet another sadly deceased performer is Gary Moore. This is one of his final performances before his sad demise. And it's a good one. No need to worry, this is just something rushed out to take advantage of his untimely passing. As the name suggests this is a CD & DVD recorded at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The CD is 11 tracks long, including some new songs debuted at the gig, most notably the Lizzy-esque "Day of Heroes" and a stomping "On Wild One". With the DVD you get two more tracks from that show including his blues standout track "Still Got the Blues". The other track missing from the CD is "Thunder Rising". The DVD also includes four never released tracks from his performance in 1997 at the festival. Wehy we need a duplicate of "Still Got the Blues" and "Walking by Myself" is a mystery.