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Molly Hatchet: Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge

The title of Molly Hatchet's latest brew of Southern Rock boogie and hard rock is titled Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge, a title chosen in memory of guitarist Bobby Ingram's late wife Stephanie, who passed away prior to the band recording this album. The Rainbow Bridge is depicted as the link between this world and the next, and judging by the kick ass sounds on this release, the Hatchet crew have channeled their grief towards some new found energy, as this new CD is the hardest rocking album they have done in years, bordering on metal at times. No doubt also the return of orginal guitarist Dave Hlubek to the fold certainly helped too, as he and Ingram prove to be a formidable guitar team here. The band has also added former Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Tim Lindsey to round out the line-up, solidifying the band more than it has been in years.

There's 12 crunchy rockers included in this set, and some real strong tunes, like the steamrolling opener "Son of the South", sure to be an instant classic with Hatchet and Southern Rock fans, with it's thick guitar work, wicked leads from Ingram and Hlubek, and the husky vocals of Phil McCormack, who still sounds just like recently deceased original vocalist Danny Joe Brown. Other tracks like "Moonlight Dancing on the Bayou", "Time Keeps Slipping Away", and "Hell Hath No Fury" boogie hard, containing scorching lead and slide guitar solos, crunchy power chords, stomping rhythms from Lindsey and drummer Shawn Beamer, and searing organ from John Galvin. The band does some serious headbanging on the monstrous "Gone in Sixty Seconds", as well as on "No Stranger in the Darkness", a tune with a wicked guitar melody and McCormack's forceful vocals. It's the closing cut though that really hits home, the majestic and epic "Rainbow Bridge", a song written by Ingram for his departed wife. McCormack sings the lyrics of longing, loss, and heartbreak with great passion, while Hlubek and Ingram fire off plenty of extended guitar solos.

Though many casual fans have probably written off Molly Hatchet over the years due to the fact that no original members have been in the band for practically the last decade (Ingram remains from the mid-80's version when he replaced Hlubek, and Galvin joined right around that time as well), they have continued to put out solid albums of quality Southern Rock. Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge is no different, and might be the heaviest album to date for the band. Those who dig the harder sounds of the Southern Rock genre should really like this one-check it out!

Track Listing
1) Son of the South
2) Moonlight Dancing on the Bayou
3) I'm Ready For You
4) Roadhouse Boogie
5) Time Keeps Slipping Away
6) Get in the Game
7) Flames are Burning
8) Hell Has No Fury
9) Gone in Sixty Seconds
10) Behind the Bedroom Door
11) No Stranger to the Darkness
12) Rainbow Bridge

Added: March 24th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Molly Hatchet Website
Hits: 5600
Language: english

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Molly Hatchet: Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-03-24 07:03:54
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Holding on strong to their roots the legendary Molly Hatchet returns with Warriors Of The Rainbow Bridge. The signature sound is still there from top to bottom and will surely impress the fans with its loyalty. However, the more impressive part is that it is almost an entirely different line up from the original band and has been the case for over ten years. Original lead singer Danny Jo Brown passed away last year but seems to be channeled through Phil McCormack who is literally a vocal clone of the original. I mean this as a compliment as half of the band appeal became the unique vocal style and to find a suitable replacement that sounded different could have caused the band some problem. Guitarist Bobby Ingram had a hand in the naming of the record as the whole recording is dedicated to his wife Stephanie who passed away suddenly in 2004 while he was on tour. Using the Norse mythological Rainbow Bridge gives way to the thought that the departed are still with us and waiting for our arrival on the other side of the bridge. Musically this album has a lot of appeal for the bands longtime fan base and can be a hit with some new ones. Not one ounce of the Southern Rock appeal is lost in the piece and there is some solid Rocking for as fans of the genre can attest Molly Hatchet always leaned a little to the Hard Rock side. Songs like "Son Of The South" is a surefire hit with catchy lyrics like "sweet potato pie and hush my mouth". Righteous duel jamming is present in "Flames Are Burning" and "Roadhouse Boogie" and that will appeal to the Allman/Skynrd sect. "Rainbow Bridge" gives Stephanie a dedication deserving of her standing in the Hatchet family. As a silent member of the band her spirit will live on and guitarist Ingram could have hoped for nothing more. It's a moving piece that I think everyone will like.

It's a solid album for all Southern Rock fans and Hatchet has not seemed too slowed down despite the tragedies they have faced. If anything this is a testimony to life and renewed commitment to their music. The South surely seems to have risen again with the The Warriors Of The Rainbow Bridge, check it out.

Molly Hatchet: Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-05-23 14:21:16
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Where I come from, it wasn't cool to like Molly Hatchet. In fact, I remember being rather quiet about my enthusiasm for 1980's Beatin' the Odds as a junior-high Midwestern boy living smack-dab in the middle of Iowa. But since that time, I've casually followed the band's career, picking up a greatest-hits collection here, a bargain-priced used copy of an obscure post-Nineties studio record there. But Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge just may be the first Molly Hatchet release that I can feel comfortable bragging about in my circle of peers. On this album, Molly Hatchet proves why it's one of the few American rock bands from the Seventies to currently have a record deal with one of the world's strongest rock labels (Germany's SPV Records - can't these guys get an American deal?). Haunting, heavy and distinctly American, Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge takes its title from the lyrical imagery Molly Hatchet uses to describe the passage from this world into the next. Inspired by the sudden death of guitarist Bobby Ingram's wife, Stephanie, the album captures Molly Hatchet as a band in transition. And from the sound of these 12 tracks - with nary a full-blown ballad among them - the current version of Molly Hatchet is just now hitting its shit-kicking stride. Highlights include the whiskey-soaked anthem "Son of the South" and the headbanging "Roadhouse Boogie," while "Flames Are Burning" and "Behind the Bedroom Door" both pack big choir-like backing vocals that you usually hear on old Stones and Joe Cocker records. But the album's crowning achievement is the epic finale, "Rainbow Bridge," Ingram's brave tribute to his wife that evolves into an intense jam session that is more beautiful and more metal than you'd ever expect from these grizzled Southern rockers.

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Molly Hatchet: Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge
Posted by Jimmy Hunter on 2006-04-28 22:11:03
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Molly Hatchet is better than ever. This Band is a very imortant part of American music history past and present. The group has undergone many changes over the years and has prevailed through great adversity and still remains tp be one of the greatest rock acts in the world today.

Jimmy Hunter

Molly Hatchet: Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge
Posted by Jimmy Hunter on 2006-04-28 22:07:56
My Score:

Molly Hatchet is better than ever. This Band is a very imortant part of American music history past and present. The group has undergone many changes over the years and has prevailed through great adversity and still remains tp be one of the greatest rock acts in the world today.

Jimmy Hunter

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