AOR Heaven [Release date 25.11.16]
Boneyard Dog maybe a new band but they have an impressive pedigree (no more dog puns honest!), in that the core duo of singer Rob Mancini (Hotwire/Crush) and guitarist Davy Kerrigan, are joined by drummer Ron Wikso (Foreigner/The Storm/Eddie Money) and former Rainbow keyboards player Tony Carey. If that wasn’t impressive enough among the guests musicians is legendary bassist Neil Murray.
Rob Mancini has lovely, slightly roughened vocal which suits the blues/hard rock on here and on ‘Mother Lode’ he reminded me of Eddie Money. The title track fairly steams out of your speakers, with Davy Kerrigan firing off tasty riffs all over the place and Tony Carey adds in a piano riff and Hammond fills. Getting Tony Carey involved is a master stroke as his keys/Hammond playing really adds a classy stamp to the proceedings.
Then they can funk it up a little on ‘Paid My Dues’, again the guitar playing of Davy Kerrigan shines through and blues aficionados will love the solo. ‘Lay Down The Law’ tips a nod to ZZ Top – loving the riff and vocals on this one.
Lyrically they tackle the usual suspects like relationships, the classic blues refrain of reflecting on life (‘Hell And Back’) and get a little naughty on ‘The Fire Down Below’ – say no more!
The band were after an old school blues/hard rock sound and I’d say job done. Lets hope this is more than a one-off and that they can play some live dates as the songs on here are crying out to be played live. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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