Title: Time And PressureLabel: Escape Music
hard to believe is been 14 years since the release of
Taz’s debut release 'Caffeine
Racer', an instrumental album that led to album number two
'Welcome to America', Taz’s in 2006 album. That time
round Taylor was joined by the legend that is Graham
Bonnet. The follow-up 'Straight Up' saw light of day
in 2009, that time Keith Slack took up the mike stand for
returned to the instrumentals for 'Big Dumb Rock' and 'Deja Voodoo', but now in 2017
returns to Escape Music and to vocals for the new album
'Pressure and Time'. And what a way to return as leading the vocal
attack is non-other than Chandler Mogel of Outland and Punky
Meadows, along with Barney Firks II on bass and the skin
thumper Mr. Val Trainor.
The album gets underway in style with
‘Something is Ending’. Right from the off this
album has you hooked, Mogul is the perfect fit for this
album, while the six-string wizard keeps it real, bringing
some classic hard rocking riffs to the mix, all bound
together with a monster rhythm section of Trainor and Firks.
This song reminds me very much of the classic MSG sound.
The great hard rocking continues with
‘Whispers in the Night’, a real meat and bone slice of
classic rock. The licks flow like molten lava, while
Mogel delivers those dulcet tones. A real groove
filled rock monster, then it’s time for a dose of blues
filled rock with the excellent ‘Secrets You Got Over
back on the Hard Rock highway with the stunning riff fuelled
‘Kissed by Elvis’, this one has a touch of the classic
Deep Purple feel about it, I’m talking pre Gillan here,
with a modern edge provided by the main man himself
Taylor. That man would give Blackmore a run for his
a real touch of modern Hard Rock to the mix is the excellent
title track ‘Pressure and Time’, where Taylor rips up a
veritable six string tsunami on this instrumental
masterclass. No shredding, just pure melodic guitar
tempo is brought down a touch with another touch of blues
with ‘Highway Song’, which is actually one of my
favourite tracks off the album. This one needs to be
played at the end of a long day, just as the sun goes down,
with a cold one in your hand. The events of the day
will soon be a distant memory as you're drawn into the
splendour of this one.
tempo is picked back up as the Classic Hard Rock sound comes
back with a bang with ‘Red Light Angel’ and ‘One
Thing’, before the smooth grooves of the classic Free like
‘Ash and Bone’.
Flamenco guitars of ‘A Moment of Clarity’ make way for
some tuned down riff building, then it's soaring guitars all
the way for some six minutes plus of pure Taz, before a
quite stunning rendition of Princes ‘Purple Rain’.
The album closes with a great ballad ‘Astral Child’, which showcases perfectly the vocal talent that is Chandler Mogul and a great end to what is a multi-faceted album, which once again shows just what a great talent Taz Taylor is. This has to put his name up amongst the best guitar players around, he truly is a really phenomenal talent.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Something Is Ending
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