We are currently living in the twenty-first century. But don’t tell that to the British hard rock band Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. This British three-piece takes listeners back to the days of Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, and so many others from rock’s Golden Era. From the opening moments of Mark of The beast, audiences know that there is something special about this band.
What’s really intriguing about “Don’t Hear It, Fear It” is that while the songs on this album do have some lyrical content, it’s obvious that much more emphasis was placed on the music. There is nothing wrong at all with this. The emphasis on the album’s musical side is what makes the music that enjoyable for listeners. The album’s opener, ‘Mark of The Beast’ is solid proof of that. Drummer Bill Darlington’s playing on this song is right up there with Bonzo himself, the great John Bonham. He echoes Bonham’s playing both stylistically and sound-wise thanks to the work of producer and mixer Drew Mudd and Chris Fielding along with Ed Turner. Even vocalist/guitarist Johnny Gorilla seems to channel Tommy Iommi and Jimmy Page all at the same time. The two together, along with vocalist Louis Wiggett’s vocals make this a solid opener for this album.
The band channels other classic rock stylings on ‘iDeath.’ This is another excellently rounded hard rock song that any true purist metal head will love. Again, vocalist/guitarist Johnny Gorilla and drummer Bill Darlington take center stage with their talents on this semi-Motorhead style song. The slower, sludge rock vibe from the song is a drastic change from so many of today’s hard rock acts with their down tuned crunching guitars and cookie monster style growls. It’s only one more highlight that’s offered throughout the course of this almost hour long record. Yes, it’s a short record. But it’s a good record. In a time when so much modern metal is dominating playlists everywhere, this is a record that has turned out to be another surprise success and another hit from Metal Blade Records in 2012 along with the likes of Horisont and Gypsyhawk.
“Don’t Hear It, Fear It” is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct via Metal Blade’s website at http://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/band/admiral-sir-cloudesley-shovell.
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