Album review: RED DRAGON CARTEL – Patina

Frontiers [release date 24.10.18]

“Patina’ is the newly released sophomore album from Red Dragon Cartel, the band formed around one time Qzzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E Lee. As soon as the needle dropped (metaphorically, of course) I wanted to say that it picked up where it’s 2014 predecessor left off, but once you get in there this is not really the case. The album has a more “together” feeling to it, no doubt this is down to singer Darren James Smith as the self-titled debut featured a host of guest vocalists on each song and so had more of a disjointed feel to it. The song writing too has a more consistent feel and style this time around as this more stable line-up appears to have gelled musically.

The danger when a well know guitarist puts a project like this together is that it tends to become a showcase for their playing skills, however, that is not the case here and this is no doubt helped by the fact that the album was co-produced by bass player Anthony Esposito who worked with Lee on this. That said, the album has a couple of tracks that are a little bass heavy, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Weighing in at only 9 tracks. “Patina” has something for everyone, the underlying bluesy swagger of “Havana”, the funk feel of “Bitter” or “The Luxury Of Breathing“with is touches of Led Zep. “Crooked Man” is, dare I say it, Ozzy like, whilst “Speedbag” and “Ink & Water” are my favourite tracks on the album.

Red Dragon Cartel have a run of US dates booked for early 2019 and here’s hoping that some European dates will follow, the previous live line-up of the band was becoming rocks revolving door at one point but hopefully this new incarnation will have more of a lasting impact. ****

Review by Nikk Gunns


Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.

Power Plays w/c 15 April (Mon-Fri)

SUSAN SANTOS Slow Down (indie)
LETHBRIDGE OWEN Back To The Blue (indie)
KILL THE SILENCE All We Are (indie)
TRUCKER DIABLO Other Side Of The City (Big Truck Records)
99 CRIMES Comin’ Down Like Rain (Perris Records)
DREW DAVIES Man On The Run (indie)
HEADLINE MANIAC Save Me (3Ms Music)
MATT MITCHELL & THE COLD HEARTS Home (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 15 April (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 X-ROMANCE Voices From The Past (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK PAISLEY Perennials (indie)
14:00-16:00 ELLES BAILEY Road I Call Home (indie)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JUDIE TZUKE Ritmo (1983)



Email This Page
This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), All Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply