Album Review: CAROUSEL VERTIGO – Mighty




Self-Release (Release date – 21st Oct 2013)

Carousel Vertigo is the brainchild of two individuals brought together by a love of guitars and classic rock. Jansen Press and Vincent Martinez, both endorsed by Gibson Guitars, found themselves sharing a stage during a jam session at a music trade fair in Paris back in 2009 and the seeds were sown for what was to become Carousel Vertigo.  At a later fair in Birmingham the pair were spotted jamming again this time by a business partner of Rick Parfitt from Status Quo and the band subsequently supported Quo in 2010 and again in 2012.

This album is the first release from the band but it is a polished and accomplished affair. The band master in classic blues infused hard rock drawing together elements of AC/DC, Humble Pie and even a smidgeon of Quo. The early AC/DC influence is possibly the strongest of all as Martinez sounds not unlike a young Bon Scott .

With two virtuoso guitarists in the band the album could have turned into an ego massaging exercise, but the guys have resisted that temptation and have instead focused on writing solid rock songs. There is a quality and polish to tracks such as ‘Mighty Good Women’ and ‘I’m Your Man’. One track that also stands out is ‘3rd Degree’ which was co-written by Rhino Edwards from Status Quo, a real rocking blues number complete with some honky tonk piano for good measure.

This is a great debut album from the guys and one that hints at a good future ahead. One for any discerning classic rock lover.


David Wilson

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