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MILAN POLAK - Can’t Please Everyone

MILAN POLAK Can’t Please Everyone Lion Music (Release date 10.05.20)

Guitar wizard Milan Polak is back with his fourth album to feature vocals. All the songs were composed by him, along with him playing most of the instruments. Plus there are some guest musicians including Billy Sheehan, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Tony Franklin, Thomas Lang and Mistheria.

“I needed to challenge myself and change my approach to song writing completely”, says Milan Polak about writing and recording the album. “It is my most advanced, profound and personal album to date.”

There is certainly plenty of guitar as you’d expect, no overt shredding, more melodic in style and thus making it more accessible to the casual guitar fan. Highlights include fretboard fun on ‘The Future Is Now’, the melodic hard rock of the title track and the hard hitting ‘No One Else’. Oh and special mention to ‘Can’t Let Go’, a heartfelt ballad to finish the album off and features Mistheria on piano.

Another fine album from Milan Polak and worthy of a place in your collection. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

EVERYDAY HEROES - A Tale of Sin and Sorrow

EVERYDAY HEROES A Tale of Sin and Sorrow Order link (Release date 05.06.20)

Album number three from these Welsh based southern rockers, who consist of Luke Phillips (vocals, lead guitar), Jay Haines (drums, vocals), Daniel Richards (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Lewis Watkins (bass, vocals). They have supported the likes of Thunder and the Darkness, along with festival appearances at the likes of Hard Rock Hell.

The album is a concept one, based on a central character and his pilgrimage as he attempts to reflect and atone for a sinful past, based on Dan Richards experiences on the Camino Pilgrimage in North-western Spain.

Luke Phillips has a little of the Cult’s Ian Astbury in his vocals, indeed songs like ‘Victorious (Take My Chains)’. Whereas on ‘All Outta Faith’ is a gloriously catchy song, little bit southern, little bit gospel and a whole lotta guitar! Bit like the Answer around the time of their debut album.

Plenty of hard rocking to be found on ‘Texas Red’ and ‘Breathe Again’. They take things down a notch on ‘The Crow’, showing they have a few sides to their sound. Or how about a little bit of Tex-Mex on ‘West Of Forever’? There seem to be a sudden rush of bands hailing from the UK who sound like they are from the US, like the Outlaw Orchestra, the Bootyard Bandits and Everyday Heroes. Great to see and this band certainly have enough about them to get noticed more.

Everyday Heroes join a crowded field in the new wave of classic rock bands, however they have the songs to impress and once live shows come back, they will be one of the bands to see ASAP. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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