[Release date 11.02.19]
Do you remember the Disco/Metal Peace accord of 1977? No me neither, however from this momentous event came the seeds for the founding of Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond. Looking like the ugly sisters of Twisted Sister, Tragedy have released five albums in the eleven years they have been together and now they have decided to do their own take on film songs.
They sneak in riffs of other bands into songs – listen out for a Poison riff on ’9 To 5′ and a famous West End musical forms the intro Tragedy’s take on ‘Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In’ from the musical ‘Hair’.
‘Summer Nights’ was pretty camp to start with and in Tragedy’s hands they up the camp, all done to a Manowar approved metal backing. Even James Bond doesn’t escape their radar as they take on ‘Skyfall’, complete with pounding metal drums courtesy of The Lord Gibbeth. Much better than the original version by Adele.
The version of ‘Without You’ is done pretty much straight faced, first recorded and written by Badfinger and made famous by Harry Nilsson , it has popped up in a few films including ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’.
The between song snippets tire after a few listens, however that is a minor blip in an otherwise enjoyable album.
If you like Wig Wam, Steel Panther and the Darkness you will love these guys. Even if you run a mile at the thought of listening to any of those bands, seek out Tragedy’s cover of ‘Raining Men/Reigning Blood’ on YouTube, a Weather Girls and Slayer mash-up to brighten up your day or possibly send you over the edge…
Music to dance the night and day away with, a romping disco metal feast! ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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