Frontiers 2012 www.frontiers.it
Second album from this young Belfast based band and their first for their new label Frontiers. Listening to this album vocalist Phil Conaline brings to mind the late Bon Scott and Skin’s Neville MacDonald. Listen to ‘Blow Me Way’ and you’d swear you were listening to Skin, as the band neatly combines big riffs and a catchy as hell chorus.
‘Bullets In the Sky’ is a hook filled anthem, whilst ‘Fight The System’ gets right in your face and tips its hat to classic AC/DC. There is only one ballad on here, ‘Broken’. Not a bad tune but a tad clichéd with the strings backing and they don’t quite pull it off.
Providing the band can land a few decent support slots and festival appearances they have the songs on here to make a big impression. Tunes like ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ and the aforementioned ‘Bullets In the Sky’ are made for the live stage.
If AC/DC and Skin shake your tree this is one album you need to get.
“A Sinner’s Saint” is the 2nd album from Northern Irish band Million Dollar Reload. A sleazy AC/DC meets Buckcherry style album which has that late ‘80’s good time feel to it, this is the type of record that I, and no doubt many others, have been waiting years for.
Vocalist Phil Conlon sounds L.A born and bred, not at all like his native Belfast and this is one of the qualities that makes this album sound so big, the other is the pairing of guitarists Andy Mackle and Brian Mallon whose playing on tracks like “Can’t Tie Me Down” is worthy of a Guns n Roses album. Then you get the songs themselves, of the eleven on “A Sinner’s Saint” there is not one that has you reaching for the forward button.
“Bullets In The Sky” actually reminds me of Slaughter at times, whilst “Blow Me Away” has a slight Southern Rock touch to it. “Headrush” is a song that wouldn’t be out of place on a Cinderella album and “Broken” is a big Buckcherry style ballad. Other highlights on the album include “It Ain’t Over”, “Smoke n’ Mirrors” and “Fight The System”.
It has to be said that although Million Dollar Reload have obviously learnt a lot from their influences, they have taken these and created their own sound rather than just become a carbon copy of an established band- and that is why they will do so well.
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Power Plays w/c 16 September (Mon-Fri)
BLOCK BUSTER Losing Gravity (Frontiers)
WATCH ME BREATHE Don’t Think I Haven’t Thought About It (The Label Group/INGrooves)
FIRES OF FREYA Take A Bow (indie)
BLACK STAR RIDERS Underneath The Afterglow (Nuclear Blast)
STOMPIN’ HEAT Shiny Curly Red Hair (indie)
Featured Albums w/c 16 September (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 THE DEFIANTS Zokusho (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 CORELEONI II (AFM Records)
14:00-16:00 TONY McLOUGHLIN True Native (Fuego)
Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)
BAD COMPANY Company Of Strangers (1995)
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