Title: Under The RadarLabel: Escape Music
Red is a new band with some very familiar names in its
line-up. First up leading the vocal charge is Lee
Small (Shy, Lionheart and much much more), on the guitar
front we have Steve Grocott (Sevendayz), on drums David
Anthony (Dennis DeYoung), and last but by no means least, on
bass Brian J Anthony (Steve Walsh), who also lent his
expertise behind the desk as well as on bass duties.
band first came into being around 2013, but due to Grocott
joining Ten for a few shows and appearing on the bands new
album, and Lee as ever in demand, the project was set to one
now its all systems go, with the new album set to send the
right waves around the genre when released.
get underway with ‘Defiant’, a first class opener this
one hits the mark from the off. A rip roaring rocker
to open up the album, Small is at his vocal best. His
soaring vocals really are the icing on the Rock cake, while
the massive rhythms of Anthony’s and the superb guitar
work of Grocott, all go to make the ultimate statement of
intention for the rest of the album.
hard rocking continues with the superb ‘Houdini’,
keeping the high energy going, as does the next one
‘Stronger’. Another great riff and rhythm fuelled
slice of Hard Rock.
tempo is brought down just a notch or two with 'Tell It to
the Bees’. This is where Small really shows what a
great vocal talent he is, as the harmonies are spot
on. Power and grace personified.
is a slice of 80’s hard rock about ‘Monster Truck’, a
real soulful monster of a song. For me one of the
tracks of the album has to be the next one ‘Pyramids of
Mars’, although the song only comes in at just under five
minutes, it has that epic feel about it.
What hard rock album wouldn’t be complete without a ballad and the album has a corker in ‘Emotions in Motions’, again featuring Small unleashing the soulful edge we’ve come to expect from all his work. It's back to the meaty hard rock vibe with the rip snorting ‘Highwire’ and the excellent ‘Contact’, before we go all dark with ‘Goth the Girl’.
The album closes with a real epic, the sublime eight minute wonder that is ‘The Time Machine’. This one has it all, soaring keys and guitars laid over a haunting backing vocals, before the full on might of the track is unleashed. An apt closer. Time travel may be a thing of fantasy, but if you want to relive this great album just hit play again and again. The album may be called 'Under the Radar', but believe me, Signal Red will be far from under it when words gets around about this release. This is one hell of an album!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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