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Snakecharmer - Snakecharmer

Published February 01 2013

=Staff's pick

My Angel
Accident Prone
To The Rescue
Falling Leaves
A Little Rock And Roll*
Turn Of The Screw
Smoking Gun
Stand Up*
Guilty As Charged
Nothing To Lose
Cover Me In You*

Genre Hard Rock
Chris Ousey
Tracks 11
Micky Moody
Running time 58 Min.
Laurie Wisefield
Label Frontiers Records
Neil Murray
Release 25 January 2013
Harry James
Country England
Adam Wakeman
Producer Snakecharmer
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Snakecharmer was formed by two former Whitesnake members, guitarist Micky Moody and bassplayer Neil Murray, in 2011. This complete six men strong formation may go under the epithet supergroup, but since we're already fed up with that label, let's leave that matter to those who give a damn. The band's name is also debatable, given all the bands who want to create a new career from the fame they had in their previous well known or famous bands. If I was in their shoes though, I would have totally done the same thing to get people's attention.

Unsurprisingly, this band plays classic blues inspired hard rock in the footsteps of earlier Whitesnake. It has late seventies vibes, but with a new production it gets too fresh when you want dirty. It's a thin line between love and hate, you know. The keyboards have similarities with the late Jon Lord's play and the twin guitars give the album an extra boost. The drums are steady, but never reach to the point where I think they rock.

Even if this self titled debut album is pretty diverse, it seems to flow in one ongoing tempo all through and it feels like Wednesday afternoon hard rock to me. It's something that is rather decent, but it feels kind of worn out after a dozen of spins. This album won't be played too many times in my home in the near future, but I wouldn't be surprised though if many fans to these guys will consider this a masterpiece and a future hard rock classic. However, my rate stays at 4 decent chalices.








4 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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