Reviews roundup – Doro vs. Moulettes vs. Myrath vs. The International Swingers vs. The Defibrillators
Love’s Gone To Hell
Aiiiiieee!!! The Queen of Metal is back! Albeit, with a power ballad. Which is a shame, because when she rawks, she rawks. But it’s one of her better power ballads, so we’ll let that slide.
I’m a big fan of the EP, or mini-CD as the Euros insist upon calling it, and I really enjoyed this one. The radio version starts things off, but the single version actually packs a bit more of a punch. And if you weren’t mournful enough after two renditions of ‘Love’s Gone To Hell’, then gird yourself for track three which sees a frail sounding Lemmy duetting on ‘It Still Hurts’. cruel, yes?
Thankfully, there is some metal waiting to blast your ears off with a live rendition of ‘Rock Till Death’ alongside Hansi Kürsch from Blind Guardian, which merits a full clenched fist! There’s another live tune, ‘Save My Soul’, before things close with the demo version of the title track. Well worth the price of admission.
I quite liked “Constellations”. It was an enjoyable album, although not as ‘different’ as everyone made it out to be. But then, I’m old, and spent my youth in the company of Vanilla Fudge and Quintessence fans, so nothing really sounds new to me.
There were a couple of absolute corkers on the record, ‘Glorious Year’ and ‘Lady Vengeance’, if memory serves. Now it’s time for a new release, and it’s more of the same kooky folk meets prog meets hippy twaddle.
Apparently, it’s a concept album, something to do with the natural world, which may explain the song titles and haphazard approach to spellling and punctuation, but those of you who lapped up the last album will find a lot to enjoy here. The opening track, ‘Behemooth’ (see), is a percussion heavy prog stomping anthem, which launches the album in fine fashion.
Elsewhere, they explore the hidden depths of the ocean (which should remain hidden, mark my words) on the almost poppy ‘Underwater Painter’ and the captivating ‘‘Pufferfish Love’. As before, some of it goes right over my head, but when they do it good, they do it good.
Fancy some Tunisian prog metal? Well, now’s your chance. It’s ten years since Myrath emerged from the Sahara, bringing something a wee bit different to the genre, and they’re still inventive on this latest, cunningly titled release*.
They’ve been off the scene for a while, but this is certainly not short of powerful riffs, with the guitars of Malen Ben Arbia up front and central on tracks like ‘Get Your Freedom Back’ and ‘I Want To Die’. There are a lot of interesting keyboard touches from Elyes Bouchoucha and new drummer Morgan Berthat puts in a good shift.
They’re not the first band from over in them there sandy parts to have a go at this, as fans of Amorphis and Orphaned Land will attest, but even though they have some rhythms in common, they all manage to remain identifiable, and this is definitely true of Myrath who are compact and direct on this well produced release. With some complex arrangements and interesting instrumentation, this is definitely one for those looking for a left field addition to their metal listening.
*the translation of Myrath is legacy.
THE INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS
The International Swingers
All The Cats Recordings
Or to give them their full name, The International Swingers (Feat. Glen Matlock, Clem Burke, James Stevenson & Gary Twinn). Just so you know that there are some famous folks from the seventies on this record.
Seems this started life when Gary Twinn, who was singer for glam/punk rock band Supernaut, Gary Twinn returned to the UK from Australia and formed Twenty Flight Rockers with Mark Laff of Generation X. Many years later, in 2012, when he got the chance to tour back in Australia, he got old pals Clem Burke (Blondie), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and James Stevenson (Generation X) to come along for the ride. And, tah-dah, The International Swingers were born.
They were playing songs from their respective back catalogues, and had such a good time, they’ve stuck together, in between other commitments, leading to this album. And it’s no surprise that the songs sound like tunes they’ve played before. It helps that Twinn has a touch of the Billy Idols about him, and the various members know how to bang out a good punk / pop tune. They sound like they’re having a blast on songs like ‘FBI’ (which was in the Sylvester Stallone film “Homefront”) and ‘Live Wire’, and there is no reason you can’t either.
One for the Ramones / Gen X / Pistols fans, looking for some raucous rock’n’roll.
The Truth About The Defibrillators
And on the subject of raucous rock’n’roll, here come The Defibrillators from over there in French France, with an EP that fits in nicely with The International Swingers album up above. So if they ever do a tour of France, there is an inbuilt support band sitting there waiting for them.
I think this EP has been about for a wee while, but it’s getting another push, and I’m happy to listen to them rattle through a set of MC5 meets the sixties Pretty Things to punch out some hippies rock and roll.
Because that’s what they’re doing on tunes like ‘Spend My Money’ and the fantastically titled ‘Riff For Glory’. There is no wheel being reinvented here, as it’s all been done before, but it doesn’t really matter when it’s as full of life, spit and vinegar, as this is.
Rock and Roll. They’ve got both types here, if you want it.