Title: RestlessLabel: Rocksector Records
is the long awaited solo album from Absolva’s Chris
Appleton, I say long awaited because Chris has been the
spearhead of UK Metallers Fury UK and Absolva for a good few
years now, and has mesmerized fans with his amazing guitar
skills, lighting up the fret-board like no other.
Chris on the this album is brother Luke Appleton (Iced
Earth) and Wizz Wizzard (Wizz Wizzard), with Wizz providing
additional vocals and brother Luke not only penning songs,
but also adding orchestration and additional guitars.
The result is a semi-acoustic wonderland of haunting
melodies and balladry that will stir even the darkest soul.
up the album is the wonderful ‘Seafarer’ with its
folkish elements that might surprise Chris’s Metal fans,
but the whole point of a solo album is to take a step
side-wards and surprise the listener, and Chris does this
and does it well with this release.
up it’s the excellent ‘Crazyhead’, this is where Chris
shows his bluesy side to great effect, before the first
single off the album, the haunting ‘No Tomorrow’, where
Chris unites acoustic guitar and Metal with ease.
Will I Feel When You’re Gone’ is first to feature
brother Luke on guitars. The brothers really bring
that balladry to the forefront with this one, this is a
heartfelt tune that shows Chris’s more mellower
side. Yes the guy can shred like a b**tard, but put an
acoustic guitar in his hand and he can pull at even the
hardest heart strings.
title track ‘Restless’ shows Chris at his frenzied best,
as he whips the acoustic into overdrive on this instrumental
masterclass. Then it's back to the vocal infused
acoustics with the wonderful acoustic version of Absolva’s
‘Only When It's Over’.
up another re-working, this time it’s Fury UK’s ‘I See
Red’ is given the un-plugged treatment. This one is
broken down to it's bare bones and I must admit sounds
simply stunning. Next up it's time to really think out
of the acoustic envelope with the evocative ‘Wonders of
The World’, only this time its Wizz laying down the vocals
on this one, with the orchestration’s provided by brother
Luke, which adds a certain mystical element to proceedings.
The album is rounded off with Chris’s reworking of the Ozzy classic ‘Mama I’m Coming Home’, which is just a great version and rounds off a great album from one of the UK’s most underrated and hard working guitarists around.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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