Self Release [Release date 04.05.19]
Stormchaser are a local band for me, they have been playing live around Central Scotland for a few years and have built up a good following and a good reputation. The guys master in all things classic rock and this EP is their first release… and it’s a bit of a cracker.
Opening with the title track ‘Breaking The Silence’ you can quickly tell that this is a band who have talent in spades. The song has hints of Journey in the melody and the songwriting is well developed as is the musicianship.
Vocalist Gregor McGregor has a great voice with a strong delivery. He reminds me of fellow scot Doogie White, especially on the next track ‘Calling Out My Name’ which brings to mind Doogie’s recent work with Michael Schenker, which is no bad thing.
‘Out On My Own’ is another classy rocker with a nod to Free/ Bad Co. Although there are various influences evident in the Stormchaser sound, the tracks featured are most definitely the band’s own.
The final track is the ballad of the piece. ‘You’ is an acoustic guitar led ‘lighters in the air’ track which contains great guitar work from Les Key and Neil Ramsey and a heartfelt vocal from McGregor. This song in particular highlights the great production and final mix on the EP which is often missing from a self released product.
Stormchaser have produced a great EP which would happily grace any classic rock fan’s collection. Hopefully the guys can build on this in the coming months and pick up new fans along the way. ****
Review by Dave Wilson
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