earMusic [Release date 04.09.15]
Koritni is a new name to me which is quite surprising when you read the band’s biography. This is their fourth album and has been produced by Kevin Shirley. Kevin has previously worked with Iron Maiden and Aerosmith to name but two in his long and illustrious career.
Prior to this album the band were produced by Mike Fraser, who again has a glittering clientele list which reads like a rock who’s who. They have also shared stages with the likes of Motorhead, Motley Crue and the Scorpions and appeared on many festival bills. A high profile list then from a band who have been together for nearly 10 years, yet this is my first encounter with them, not quite sure why?
The band is fronted by Lex Koritni who has a good voice, soulful but with a gruff edge which fits the music well. The band master in melodic hard rock with a southern influence, think The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and bands of that ilk and you are in the right direction. Koritni are perhaps a bit lighter on the deep south influence and a bit heavier on the rock which I like.
The rock credentials are high on the opening track ‘Horns Up’, I assume that crowd participation will be required when this is played live. ‘Try To Live (A Little Bit)’ and Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t No Crime’ keep the pace up and are laden with harmonies and sing along choruses.
The acoustic guitars are also put to good use throughout the album, especially on ‘Carousel’ and ‘Woman In Love’ both of which also feature excellent vocals from Koritni.
Another track of note is ‘Water Of Life’, a shuffling, bluesy number which features a guest appearance by the Quo’s John Coghlan on drums, his first recorded work since 1985. There is a bonus live track which rounds off the album in the shape of CCR’S ‘Fortunate Son’, this proves to be a good choice and fits well with the rest of the album.
The only issue I have with the album is that whilst the songs are well written, well played and the production is polished, they all sound very familiar. At the moment there are so many bands producing this style of music that I feel we are reaching saturation point. That said though Korinti have produced a strong album, perhaps it has just taken the rock world 10 years to catch up to Lex and the band? ***1/2
Review by David Wilson
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