Artist: Weapon UK
from the Ashes' is the apty title new album for British Hard Rockers
Weapon UK, some 34 years in the making, this seems as apt a title as any.
Danny Hynes, PJ Phillips, Jeff Summers and Ian Sweeting bring back
Weapon UK with an all out Hard Rock arsenal of 10 riff filled songs that
fill the gap left by the NWOBHM, this is the New Age Of British Heavy
get underway proper after the intro ’Predlude – The Awakening'
with ’Ride the Mariah’, a real dose of heavy bass and drums set out
the bands mission from the off. This is no tribute album to a by-gone era,
this is a modern hard rock track from the seasoned veteran
vocals are perfect foil for this style of Hard Rock and Summers shows
he hasn't lost any of his guitar savvy as he throws out the licks on this
he continues to do so on the up tempo rocker ’Fountain Of Paradise’
and the UFOesque bluesy rock of ’Warrior’.
tempo is picked back up big style with the harder edged melody rich
’Ready 4 U’, which is definitely
one of my favourites tracks off the album, again Summers guitar work is
excellent, alongside Hynes who really pushes himself on this one.
show a heavier side with the stonking thunderous rhythms of 'Burning
Skies’ as Sweating and PJ Phillips bring the heat on drums and bass
respectively, before the tempo is brought down with the haunting tones
of ’Alamein’. Then it's straight on the gas once more with the funk
drums of Sweating open up another slice of pure hard rock in the
excellent anthemic ‘Blood Soaked Rock’ and the riff fuelled ‘Bad
Reputation’, before the album closes as it opened, on a high, with
the party rocker ‘Celebration Time’.
album does feature a bonus track in ‘Killer Instinct’, which features
Weapon’s original members Baz Downes on bass and vocals and Bruce
Bisland on drums and vocals. This is a fitting end to an album that marks
the return of Weapon UK. It may have been 34 years in the making,
but it was well worth the wait. If you like your rock old school with a bite then check out
The Ashes', because these four guys shoot from the hip.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Prelude - The Awakening
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