Type: CD Company: Mighty Music Release: 2017 Genre: Hard Rock Reviewer: Eric Compton Published: 5/1/2017
Young, energetic rock and roll that embodies the 60s, 70s and 80s era
It’s not surprising that Tainted Lady vocalist Michael Catton was pulled on stage to sing with Steel Panther earlier this year. The British born vocalist embodies everything we love about pure rock ‘n roll – he’s loud, rebellious, and convincing. Further, it’s no surprise to see Tainted Lady hob knobbing, curtain jerking and shoulder rubbing with hard rock stalwarts like Steel Panther. The young band have already supported acts like Deep Purple, Electric Guitars and Pretty Maids. The band’s debut album, ‘How the Mighty Have Fallen’, was produced by the esteemed Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp) and released via Scandinavian label Mighty Music. Lead-off single “Ampburner” is the best representation of the band’s rock-saturation. It’s part early Aerosmith, with Catton caterwauling with Steven Tyler-esque screams while draped in the blues. Musically, it’s driving, catchy hard rock with loads of solos, twin guitar melodies and seemingly veteran craftsmanship. With immediate accessibility on tracks like “Loverman” and “Sons of Guns”, both raucous, energetic numbers, the band dip into the earliest days of the genre. “The Best Days” is sort of Queen meets The Beatles, a 60s meets 70s ballad that begs for radio play (is there such a thing?). It’s a bonafide hit if there ever was one. Album closer “The Last of Our Kind” is an album highlight for me, an easy-going track that simply but profoundly states “The song gets me by”. Truer words have never been spoken.
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.
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