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The Burning Crows: Murder At The Gin House

It's getting boring now... I mean, how many times can you scream at the top of your lungs that the UK classic rock scene is positively buzzing with stupendous young bands coming through, with real intent and the ability to drive this genre to great things, before people take notice? Already this year we've had new releases from The Screaming Eagles, The King Lot and Bad Touch, with BlackWolf poised with album number two. Add to that list this second effort from The Burning Crows, a band who turned heads with their Behind The Veil debut two years ago and look set to take those noggins clean off their shoulders with Murder At The Gin House.

You get the picture, for wheels are still round and no reinvention is needed as TBC take great pleasure in steamrollering with a joyous sense of precise in your faceness. Whippz (no chaynz in sight, or not that he's letting on anyway) is a vocalist with (well, a silly name, but hey?) a stunning delivery, part Paul Quinn (the underrated No Sweat), Sammy Hagar and Dee Snider so we're talking bluesy, tasty and ever so slightly mad. It serves him and the album well, as The Burning Crows prove capable of the balls out rockers, the shufflin' grit of the blues and a couple of less expected moments of genuine refinement that could (if mainstream media wasn't busy licking its own arse and saying it tastes of sunshine) gain popular acceptance. For crying out loud, the string infused "Holding On" is verging on latter day Bon Jovi, or Train!

However in the words of Saxon "we came here to ROCK" and rock we shall, for "Hell To Pay" leaves little room for repentance, as it builds into a mighty bruisin' brooder, all crunching riffs and mighty beats. Whippz is immediately on his game and desperate to show it, "Come On" possesses one of those spiralling guitar lines that makes you turn your end in hope Angus Young has hit his duck-walking stride once more, although with less of a vocal rasp that Mr Johnson provides. Will Lockett is the ace in the band's pocket, his booming bass dancing gleefully across the more commercially smart "Shine", while his rhythm mate Chris Chapman hammers his drums into submission during the pounding punch of the utterly wonderful "11.37", where the guitar pair of Whippz and Lance Daniels are mighty indeed. Cleverly different aspects are served up throughout, "Alright" happier at mid paced and melodic, "Goodbye (To The Sunshine)" again finding the strings wheeled out to add poignancy and maturity to an already classy slower number.

So don't make me say it again. Just take my word for it and get out there and support some of the amazing up and coming rock bands the UK is currently serving up, with Murder At The Gin House one of its tastiest offerings honestly, it's a genuine killer tonic. Ice and a deadly slice anyone?

Track Listing
01. Hell To Pay
02. Come On
03. Shine
04. Alright
05. Goodbye (To The Sunshine)
06. 11:37
07. Little Bit More
08. She's The Summertime
09. Feels Like Home
10. Holding On

Added: August 15th 2015
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: The Burning Crows online
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Language: english

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