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Damage Control: Raw

Formed in 2006, Damage Control were put together by three veterans of the UK Hard Rock scene, namely vocalist / guitarist Robin George (solo artist, Phil Lynott, David Byron, Magnum), bassist Pete Way (UFO, Waysted) and drummer Chris Slade (Asia, AC/DC, Uriah Heep). Raw marked the trio's debut album and now receives a re-release via specialist label Angel Air, whose catalogue boasts a treasure trove of long forgotten gems. The songs here are slick and melodic with their roots heavily in the blues rock scene of the 70's where all three first plied their trade. George delivers some polished solos and riffs and his earthy vocal delivery perfectly suits the vibe with Way and Slade laying down a solid groove and they strike a good balance between up-tempo rockers, ballads and moody blues tunes of which "One Step Closer" provides a real highlight.

A second album from Damage Control remains a possibility albeit Pete Way's recent health problems may prevent this from happening in the near future. As it is we are left with this debut effort to enjoy a solid blues-based hard rock album from these illustrious musicians. This was an album that was released too little fanfare when it first appeared but is worthy of re-appreciation and the three really gel to give a tantalising glimpse of the potential therein.

Track Listing
1. Raw
2. Alice
3. Savage Song
4. Damage Control
5. One Step Closer
6. Selfish
7. Spy
8. Redundant
9. Slaughtered
10. Victim
11. Seven Golden Daffodils
12. Bitching Blues

Added: November 20th 2009
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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