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Super Vintage: Destiny

After three quick fire releases between 2015 and 2016, Super Vintage took a well earned break from the recording studio. However, with the band’s mainman, Stavros Papadopoulos, the creative guitar force behind Freerock Saints, Hard Diver and The Universal Hippies, this Big Papa has hardly been idle. In fact, if there was a worry, it was that once he teamed up again with slide guitarist Panagiotis Zabourlis, bassist Jim Moralis and drummer Chris Lagios, would there be enough left in his tank to crank up the hard hitting blues rock riffs and lead us all once again to a Southern tinged salvation?

“Rock N’ Roll Saviors” immediately answers the question, a roaring heartbeat provided by Lagios behind the kit as Papadopoulos rips out a riff that’s part challenge and part celebration. Add in a chorus that wedges deep in the mind and a loosely countrified edge and we’re off to a flier! It’s no fluke, “Brotherhood Of Blues” confirming the suspicion that if they could get themselves on the right tour and build their profile, then Super Vintage might just be huge. After all, is there anything more appealing right now than a Blackberry Smoke meets Lynyrd Skynyrd ��" all with a touch of the blues ��" hybrid? I don’t think so!

“Streets Of This Town” adds an authentic ZZ Top like grind, but combines it with the controlled fury of Paw, while “Down Home Tradition” offers up the image of what AC/DC might have been if they’d been sired in the American South! However, with the moods and tones consistently changing, where Destiny truly suggests that Super Vintage are primed and ready for a more mainstream breakthrough, is courtesy of the little, classy diversions this album throws up. “The Road” being a guitar infused melodic rocker that still rips and roars, but in a more refined fashion, while “Naked Tree” slows things down without ever losing the vital, sharp thrust found across everything this band do. Maybe more than ever before there’s a hint of classic era Blackfoot creeping in but it suits Super Vintage well and while you’d never confuse Stavros and the boys for Rickey Medlocke and Co, it’s also easy to imagine a banjo motif playing out under the aforementioned “Rock N’ Roll Saviors”. It’s an interesting evolution in the band’s approach, and on this multifaceted album, yet another weapon in their armoury.

The title track to Destiny closes this collection out and while a host of flavours have already been provided, this time there’s a Joe Bonamassa like lament at play, which slowly evolves into something where the crystal clear guitar tone and singing bass reminds of Led Zeppelin as they relaxedly introduced their “Stairway To Heaven”.

It would have been easy for Super Vintage to serve up another portion of exactly what they have before and while fans of this band will immediately recognise their heroes, to this Greek outfit’s great credit, they’ve also been brave enough to deliver so much more. Hopefully this is the album that truly takes them to the big time. After all, surely it’s their Destiny.


Track Listing
1. ROCK N' ROLL SAVIORS

2. BROTHERHOOD OF BLUES

3. EDGE OF TIME

4. NAKED TREE

5. STREETS OF THIS TOWN
6. DOWN HOME TRADITION

7. EVERYTHING YOU WANTED

8. SOUTHERN TRAIN

9. THE ROAD

10. DESTINY

Added: September 13th 2018
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Related Link: Destiny at The Grooveyard
Hits: 216
Language: english

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