Artist: Paul Sabu
last years taster album ‘Call Of The Wild’, we now see the long
awaited new studio album from Paul Sabu and what a come back album this
is. 'Bangkok Rules' is straight shooting hard rock that explodes
from the off with the title track ‘Bangkok Rules’. A song led
by those unmistakable powerful driven vocals of Sabu, who still has a
lot to give the scene, as this album shows.
album continues with the equally impressive but not as heavy ‘Rock
Don’t Run’, which is very much in the vein of material of the
classic ‘In Dreams’ opus, but with a little modern edginess, which
is always a good thing.
big riff driven rock continues with the excellent ‘Race To Nowhere’,
very much the anthemic rocker that will have you dusting off your
air-guitar and singing along with Sabu on the monster chorus, while
throwing out your shapes on that air-guitar.
time to really get your groove on with the superb ‘Live Of Die Tryin’,
as the big bass lines driving this one really get deep under your
skin. You can't help rocking along with this one, it's just
infectious rock at its very best.
funk comes in huge waves with the fantastic ‘Loves Got A Mind Of Her
Own’, before it's back to the big licks and hard rocking with my
favourite track off the album ‘Rocked And Loaded’. This is
Sabu at his very best, with just enough attitude to match the great
‘Read My Eyes’ you get a chance to get your breath back as this
gentle ballad shows Sabu’s ability to bring it down a touch. It
also gives us a chance to remind ourselves just how much of a stunning
vocal he has, it's quite moving and is exactly what you need to pull off
a great ballad.
the tempo back up a touch is the heady bass ridden ‘Black
Star’. This song has a great epic edge, almost a little C&W
in places but heavier, think Young Guns meets Black Label Society.
are really picked up big style with the all out rockin of ‘Code
Blue’, a real metal monster with more of that great vocal attitude
from Sabu. Think Gene Simmons on ‘God of Thunder’ and you'll
get what I mean.
album close off as it started, with a riff filled slice of Hard Rock in
'Back The Jacks’, a song that wraps up a great album that marks a very
welcome return for Sabu. It's been a long time coming but it's
been well worth the wait. I for one can't wait to see the main man
at this years Z Rock in May. Sabu is back and he breaking all the
rules ... the 'Bangkok Rules’.
1. Bangkok Rules
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