woensdag 17 mei 2017

Snakecharmer – Second Skin

Snakecharmer – Second Skin
PIAS/Frontiers – 2017
Rock, Hard
Rated: ***

Supergroup Snakecharmer came out swinging about four years ago with a debut effort that recalled all of the bands the members were or had been a part of. Shall we name them all? But of course and why not. Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Thunder, Magnum, Whitesnake, Sweet Savage, Andrew Strong, Wishbone Ash and Heartland. So, we expected hardrock steeped in tradition, bluesy when it needs to be and howling like a mad banshee. And yes, the follow-up Second Skin is just as classic. Powerful hardrock, with a stomp and punch attitude, damn fine guitarwork, sold rhythm section and a vocalist that definitely woke up in the gutter once or twice. Classic in every sense of the word. Which means a power ballad shall be present as well as the atmosphere of the eighties. Not on every track, but exactly then when you need it. The boys needed to make the past the future and the future is always now. So, spin Second Skin and be put under some sort of spell by Snakecharmer!

(Written by JK)

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