Self-release (release date – out now)
This album has been around for a couple of months now but is still well worthy of a mention here. The band are managed and promoted by Matt Goom, who was the drummer in The Quireboys, and I first encountered the band supporting Spike and co on their autumn tour last year. They played an impressive set that night and went down well with the crowd. This album picks up from where the live shows left off and further cements the band as one to watch for the future.
Blues-rock with a large injection of 80’s hair metal is what the guys offer up. Frontman Whippz has a strong soulful voice which lends itself equally to the epic ballads or the all-out rockers. He also helps out on guitar duties along with Lance Daniels and between them they offer up some tasty fretwork.
Opening track ‘High’ is possibly my least favourite song on the album, mostly due to Whippz’s rather annoying screaming throughout the track, luckily he only adopts this singing style on the one track. After you get this one out the way (or skip straight to track 2…) things take a turn for the better with the dirty rock of ‘All The Way’ which sounds not unlike Poison on the chorus. Another band that springs to mind at times are Little Angels, the guys offer up the same honest party rock anthems once favoured by Toby and crew.
One of the most impressive tracks is the ‘lighter in the air’ ballad ‘Here I Am’ which features a standout vocal from Whippz and great orchestration, a real tour de force. Over the course of the 14 tracks there is much to like with great soaring melodies and classic songwriting of the first degree. With a debut album of this calibre to use as a career launchpad the only way for The Burning Crows is most definitely up.
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