more line-up changes than a Premiership footballers bedroom Swiss
rockers China are back and back with a veritable bang with their new
album ’Light Up The Dark’, with stalwart guitarist Claudio Matteo
leading the charge along with the superb vocal might of Eric St Michaels,
return along with new band mates Billy La Peitra on drums, Mack
Schildknecht on guitar and last but by no means least Beat Kofmehl on
bass duties, with what is without a doubt the biggest slice of Hard Rock
to come out of Switzerland since the Matterhorn.
band have delivered as sound that is very in and very now maybe it’s
the production from Chris Johnson and Michael Parnin or the bands new
full on spirit, but whatever it is I like it!
the opener and title track ‘Light Up The Dark’ there is a spark (pun
intended) that really floats my boat, I just love a ballsy rock tune and
this album is full of them.
the likes of ‘Hey Yo’ and ‘She’s So Hot’ rocking big style
along with the excellent bluesy rock of ‘Lonely Rider’ and
’Stay’, mixed with the more gentle rock of ‘Gates Of Heaven’ and
the country twangs of ‘On My Way’, this is one has something for all
we are only a third of the way through the album.
remainder of the album continues with the same high quality of the first
with the stunning ‘Stay’, the hard edged rocker ‘Deadly Sweat’
with its sleazy tuned out guitar licks, but if you like me like a fire
in your belly when it comes to Hard Rock, then check out excellent
‘Trapped In The City’.
This is where Matteo and Schildknecht really fire up a storm as
they trade lick after lick on this monster rocker.
more refined of you might not go for the all blazing rockers but fear
not as things continue with the anthemic ‘Right Here Right Now’,
before the album comes to a close with the groove filled ‘Flesh and
The band have been around in one form or another since 1985 and have had four studio albums previous to this, but believe me the fifth time is a charm. This one rocks and rocks big style and is, in my opinion, the bands best album since their self titled debut.
Light Up The Dark
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