Title: WaterdevilsLabel: Escape Music
is the debut solo release from former Firewind and current
Spiritual Beggars frontman Apollo Papathanasio.
is an album where Apollo takes a free reign to produce an
album of his own liking, taking things in his own hands to
produce a quite outstanding debut release.
album just rocks from the off with opener ‘Revolution for
the Brave’. A ballsy no nonsense hard rocker that
sees the man lay out his stall for what is to come.
Great riffing hard rock with more edge than a bucket of
this album Apollo has broken away from what has gone before
and produced a really great album that continues with the
excellent and aptly entitled ‘Liberate Yourself’, before
rocking on with the gritty riff filled ‘Burned in a
groove filled rock all the way with the fantastic ‘Safe
and Sound’. This one has an air of Old School hard
rock about it, think Dio era Rainbow with a modern
edge. This one I’ve had on repeat for days. If
you want to blow away those Monday blues then put this one
on, crank it up to ten and feel those blues being washed
away with a tsunami of great rock.
tempo is brought down just a touch with the darker moodier
tones of ’Fallen Endlessly’. The mellow tones are
continued with the opening of ‘Crossing the Lines’,
before the tempo is soon brought back up in spades with a
massive guitar lick that explodes and carries this one right
to the end.
diverse nature of this album continues with the modern
rocker ‘Power’, which would be my choice for
single. This one has commercial success written all
over it. Then it’s another of my many favourite
tracks off the album, the excellent ‘Rise Up’, which is
quickly followed my another of my favourites, the anthemic
old school funky rocker ‘I Need Rock n' Roll’.
It's time to pick up the pace once more with ‘Chasing Shadows’, before the almost Powermetalesque tones of 'Through the Fire’, before it's time to wrap up album in style with the stunning ‘Stop’, a cover of the Phenomena track and a real classy hard edged rocker that again has the Rainbowesque feel to it. This closes off what is a quite extraordinary debut release and one that will rank in my top albums of 2016 for sure.
Review by: Barry McMinn
for the Brave
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