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UFO - 'Seven Deadly' (Steamhammer/SPV)
CD Reviews - Written by Rob Watkins Tuesday, 17 January 2012 04:45 Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony.............. Are all words that at one time or another could possibly have been used to sum up members old and new and their antics both on or off stage in of one the finest hard rockin' and rollin' acts to ever grace a stage, turntable, etc, etc during their illustrious 40 years plus career.... Of course I can only be talking about one band here and they are the legendary UFO. Rest assured Uber Rockers the sightings of unidentified flying objects all over the world in 2012 will be no hoax let me tell you, not with the release of this their spanking new opus 'Seven Deadly'. 'Fight Night' opens things up with that distinctive Phil Mogg vocal still slogging it out front on this almost (dare I say it?) AC/DC inspired tune, this opener actually recalling the days when the guys could pen tracks like 'Too Hot To Handle' and 'Only You Can Rock Me' in their sleep. albeit here the tune is sadly minus the gang chorus vocals of those glory days anthems. The no frills approach carries on straight into track two 'Wonderland', all classic rock finesse with some mighty fine six string action courtesy of the one and only Vinnie Moore and echoing the sound of the latter Paul Chapman era of the band. 'Mojo Town' is up next and this is yet again based around a memorable guitar hook all strutting and chock full of Mogg's bluesy voice, the mood is then mellowed a tad on the well crafted 'Angel Station' with it's Led Zeppelin-esque progressive musical passages, and this is actually quite a welcome respire following the diesel and dust approach of the opening trio of tunes. Lyrically 'Year Of The Gun' once again harps back to that bygone age of UFO when stadium domination of the US was but one too many double whiskeys away from their grasp with some epic guitar work shining out once again, before 'The Last Stone Rider' offers a strong UFO choral arrangement but as throughout much of the album thanks to Vinnie Moore's guitar tone, the song itself carries a more American musical influence. However no sooner have I said that than it's time to eat my words as the next track 'Steal Yourself' screams great traditional British soulful rock, you know the stuff that UFO have produced so grandiosely down the years. As 'Seven Deadly' reaches the home straight 'Burn Your House Down' raises its head and its worth noting this mid temp rocker could work well alongside all those old favourites in the live arena with some tuneful backing vocals and soulful driven guitar all interwoven with Mogg's trademark obtuse lyrical content. That American influence rears it head again on 'The Fear' complete with it's hooky bluesy mouth organ accompaniment that drives the song in an almost CCR direction before its left to the aptly titled closer 'Waving Goodbye' to complete an album release that fans old and new will see as a welcome addition to their already expansive collections You know what? Listening to 'Seven Deadly' I'm sure that UFO themselves must feel a great deal of pride in this album, it's just such a shame that their china plate Pete Way isn't there to help his band mates imbibe some of the other seven deadly.
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UFO - Seven Deadly
2012 SPV/Steamhammer Records You can never go wrong with a UFO album as of late, you know what these guys are capable of delivering and it's the goods that they deliver; and it's not in that kitschy 'predictable' mantra either. It's heavy, with the straightforward hard rock attitude that has always been the de-facto denominator of this band. Have no conviction about it, the attitude comes from "Fright Night" & "Wonderland," with the bluesier touch on "Year of the Gun," "The Fear," & "Mojo Town," and even laid back tunes, some even treading the balladry line on "Burn Your House Down," "Angel Station," & "The Last Stine Rider" - regardless of what moods are provoked, you get drawn into the music as the overall strong songwriting is the focal point, and there are no musical tendencies beyond UFO's strongholds, as the auras of both hard rock and blues are an inevitable loam throughout. Throughout their career, they had their trails in the beginning and they found their voice, became a heavier entity, made their mark, went a little AOR through the more commercial era of the 80's and have found their voice again, letting know lineup changes hinder them. Seven Deadly is like a visit from a longtime friend indeed. Added: January 9th 2012
Reviewer: Tommy Hash
Score: 4 STARS
Related Link: UFO link © 2012 YtseJam ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ﷯
Artist / Band: UFO
CD: Seven Deadly
Release Date: February 2012 Style: Hard Rock
Reviewer: fifi59 18/20 http://www.auxportesdumetal.com/reviews/UFO/ufo-sevendeadly.html REVIEW Twenty-one studio albums, counting the youngest, Seven Deadly (more number of live, compilation and EP) in forty-three years old (founded in 1969), the English combo has been busy, I feasting on the Hard-Rock variety at each output. For me, it's a UFO encounter in 1983 with a friend. It made me listen to Lights Out (1977), and tubes galore. It was a revelation, a real shock. The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent (1981) followed. Same, always the music pleasure. I'm definitely interested in this group, I get to the point, since almost all of his albums. If I had to tap into this rich discography to indicate the trifecta, besides the two aforementioned albums, I would quote freely Mechanix (1982), thus obtaining my three albums "blow of heart" of the group.
But having said that, frankly, UFO is not a legendary combo? One of those who always enjoy listening to? For which output is energized when a looming on the horizon? For me, no doubt, a triple YES! Ultimately, each output deserves a "favorite"! Imagine my joy then to know that training would release a new album, entitled Seven Deadly.
Needless to say that I rushed it!
So the verdict? With a line-up concrete, namely co-founders of the group, Phil Mogg (vocals) and Andy Parker (drums), along with Vinnie Moore (guitar) and Paul Raymond (keyboards), UFO is back for the best!
In fact, do not turn around the bush, Seven Deadly is an undeniable success inhabited various titles, still inhabited excellent melodies that go to please the fans.
The tab of the combo is obviously present, with the everlasting and incomparable Phil Mogg, and his voice is so characteristic, which delights us from the beginning of the group, and, of course, the instrumental section, always impeccable! It added that production is in tune, to immerse themselves fully and without reserve in the music. Now let's see a little more detail the contents of Seven Deadly.
Fright Night, and cool vibrations Rock'N'Roll, opens the album beautifully, including a nice pass followed by an excellent solo, where Vinnie Moore is carving the lion's share (indicate that his solos are present on each title , are of high quality, efficient and always pleasant, and what the entire album).
The well paced and quite heavy Wonderland is powerful and exciting, it is followed by the bluesy Mojo Town, severely slowing the tempo, but that pleasure can not be obliterated!
At this stage of listening, we have three titles, three facets of the group, the evidence, if necessary, that UFO loves diversification pleasures.
Come on, we continued with Angel Station, ride very nice, above the mid-tempo bluesy aspects, Year Of The Gun and The Last Stone Rider, the solos embellished Vinnie ... which is very present on Steal Yourself, to which he brings a lot.
Burn Your House Down is particularly catchy, the melody moves into the ears and never leave them, the song "hit-" par excellence!
With The Fear, you sail in the open blues harmonica with a strong presence, but all good things last forever, and with the admirable Waving Good Bye closes the album, making it acoustic elements, electrical and Hammond organ. UFO again offers us a very beautiful album, varied, melodic, well performed and produced. This is no disappointment, no title is dispensable, Seven Deadly grip immediately ... but in the following plays it definitely will be missed in the discography of the combo!
As you can see, Seven Deadly is an excellent wine to be enjoyed without moderation! Tracklist of Seven Deadly: 01. Fight Night
02. Wonderland
03. Mojo Town
04. Angel Station
05. Year Of The Gun
06. The Last Stone Rider
07. Steal Yourself
08. Burn Your House Down
09. The Fear
10. Waving Good Bye ﷯ © 2012 auxportesdumetal.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ﷯
CD Review: UFO – Seven Deadly
January 15, 2012 by Wes Derby UFO ~ Seven Deadly (SPV/Steamhammer)
Release Date: February 28, 2012 In late February, UFO will release a brand new studio album entitled Seven Deadly, the follow-up to 2009?s The Visitor. This CD continues in a bluesy fashion similar to that of The Visitor, but brings back the heavier sound of UFO’s previous two records to feature current guitarist Vinnie Moore, who’s handled guitar duties for the band since 2004?s You Are Here. The CD also features Phil Mogg on vocals, Andy Parker on drums, and Paul Raymond on keys and rhythm guitar. I’ve not been able to find information on who’s playing bass, but as Rob de Luca (ex-Sebastian Bach and ex-Spread Eagle) has handled bass duties the last two times I saw the band play, I’m going to assume he’s got a hand in it. Phil Mogg, the voice of UFO for 43 years, continues to show that some things, and people, just get better with age. Phil’s always been an amazing vocalist, and this album is no exception. Phil’s got an unmistakable voice, and it’s one of the best, most underrated in the history of hard rock music. Just as is true with the music, the vocals have a much bluesier quality to them, and I’ve no doubt Phil will be able to nail it all note for note when UFO takes to the stage on their spring tour of Europe, and on the Monsters of Rock cruise later this Winter. Just like a good Scotch, Phil’s voice gets smoother with age and time. Before we get to the track-by-track, a couple of quick observations. First, I didn’t notice much in the way of Paul Raymond’s keyboard playing, which leads me to wonder if he’s sticking primarily to rhythm guitar on this record. Second, several tracks have a good deal of female backing vocal. Sometimes, in harder-edged rock, the back-up singers take away from the song or try to cover something up. Not the case at all in this one. Finally, know that the lyrical imagery I convey is strictly my opinion as a fan and a reviewer and is based solely on my own personal interpretation of the lyrics on this CD. Having not seen much press on this CD, I have no idea what Phil Mogg’s inspirations for these tracks were, and apologize in advance to the band if I miss the mark on any of these. Misrepresenting one of my all-time favorite bands is definitely not the goal with this review. I feel quite honored, in fact, to be writing about an upcoming release from what is, in my opinion, the best hard rock band to have ever come out. Seven Deadly starts out with the track “Fight Night”. A great hard rocker to open up the record. Musically, this song has a very cool vibe to it. Straight-ahead hard rock with a very melodic bridge. Phil’s vocals and Vinnie’s lead break make this song something that should appeal to any fan of good hard rock. If you’re new to UFO’s music, if you’re a fan of Buckcherry and other such bands, this song should appeal to you; there’s no reason not to like it. “Wonderland” is one of those tracks that makes you want to crank the stereo up full blast, open the windows, and share the greatness of UFO’s hard-driving rock with your neighbors, or the entire block. Lyrically, I admit I’m not quite sure where Phil’s going with this one, but no one ever said rock ‘n’ roll had to make sense, right? This is one of those that you take for what it is; very gritty vocals from Phil, and hard-driving guitars and drums. Vinnie’s solo on this one is very hot as well. “Mojo Town” is the next track up on Seven Deadly. The song’s a bit slower-tempoed, but has a very nice driving riff. Vinnie’s guitar on this is crunchy and melodic at the same time. Lyrically, it’s almost as if the writer’s trying to convey something he’s lost, he feels empty inside. Going down to “Mojo Town” will get it back for him, if only for a day. I leave this one up to the listener to interpret as I don’t want to give the wrong message about the song’s meaning. Next up is “Angel Station”. I really like this one. A signature UFO ballad. Strikes me as a track either about a separation, or a lover passing away, and the writer’s left to deal with the aftermath and isn’t coping with it well. I’m leaning toward the death explanation due to a few lines in the chorus, and thinking it’s the writer’s suicide note, saying that he’ll be coming home, to his final destination, to join her. I don’t know; perhaps I simply have a morbid streak? Listen to it when the CD comes out, and you be the judge. I really like “Year of the Gun”, the next song up. It has sort of an outlaw country/country-rock vibe with a hard rock edge. Vinnie’s lead during the bridge lets you know this song, however, is all rock, no question. Lyrically, I’m getting the feeling it’s just about all of the gun violence taking place around the world. However, the opening lyrics had me picturing an old west shoot-out. “The Last Stone Rider” is about being the last of your kind, whatever that kind may be. Vocally, I love it. Musically, I hate to admit, it doesn’t really grab me until about two and a half minutes in with Vinnie’s solo. The rhythm guitar and bass riff gets a bit repetitive throughout the first couple minutes of the song. So far though, it’s the only weak moment in the CD for me. “Steal Yourself” is a solid blues-rock number and seems to be about returning to a lover or friend who’s still “stealing” their own life away with self-destructive behaviors. You walked away once; probably shouldn’t have come back, but the person has that ability, though self-destructive, to drag you right back in, no matter how long you’ve been away from the lady. Another gem is, “Burn Your House Down”. Lyrically, one of the darkest-feeling things I’ve heard from UFO in ages. Musically, a cool riff, and a beautiful-sounding lead from Vinnie Moore. On this track, he continues to prove he’s more than a shredder. For fans who tend toward the Schenker-era UFO material, give this track a chance; there’s no reason for you not to like the playing on it. Vinnie’s an amazing guitarist, and really shines throughout on this one. “The Fear” is classic blues-rock sound all the way. The harmonica adds a nice touch. Lyrically, Phil creates some very cool imagery with this track. Phil’s vocal delivery and Vinnie’s blues-driven leads make this song an instant favorite for this long-time UFO fan. My favorite song on the CD is definitely the closing track, “Waving Goodbye”. Paul’s organ-playing and Vinnie’s leads on this one combine with Phil’s vocals to make this perhaps the most classic-sounding song on the album. It feels like it belongs perfectly on this record, but would also have fit just as well on Walk On Water or Obsession. Lyrically, I get the feeling it’s about saying goodbye to an old friend or lover whom you’ve given too many chances, or saying goodbye to an old way of life that was destroying you, walking away, and starting over. A great way to close the record. Seven Deadly brings us ten more amazing tracks, and will not let the die-hard UFO fan down. In fact, if rock fans in general give this one a listen, it should bring them some new additions to their fan base. The official release will include two bonus tracks, which I’ve not yet heard. If the rest of this record is any indication though, I look forward to hearing them
on release day. Rating: 9/10 The band will embark on a tour of the UK and Germany in April and May of this year. No North American dates as of this writing, but keep an eye on the band’s website for news, tour dates, sound clips, links to band members’ sites, and other great information. UFO’s Official Site ©2012 metalholic ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ﷯ New UFO CD Seven Deadly Out On February 27 2012 UFO Seven DeadlyHighly influential British heavy rock stalwarts UFO release a new album – Seven Deadly – which is due out via SPV/Steamhammer on 27 February 2012 in various formats. In addition to the standard and download version there will also be a limited edition digipak will include two bonus tracks and double-gatefold coloured vinyl issue for those who prefer that. As a long time UFO fan going all the way back to Lights Out when I first discovered them I think it’s absolutely outstanding that, given all the Spinal Tap type stuff over the years, Phil Mogg and his mates are still going and showing how it should be done. The past few albums with Vinnie Moore on shredding duty I think have pushed the band forward in new directions without losing the classic sound – well, could that ever happen with Andy Parker and Paul Raymond still in the thick of it – and why should Seven Deadly be any different. And the title is certainly a bit more sensible that the original title of Last of the Bone Riders. I’ve heard a few samples of the new songs and if they are anything to go by then Seven Deadly sounds like it’s a bit less blues-tinged than The Monkey Puzzle and The Visitor were and more akin to what one might call the classic UFO sound of the Schenker/Chapman eras. There’s a UK tour scheduled as well plus other dates. The UK leg starts on 15 March in Cambridge so be sure to catch them if you can as a UFO gig never disappoints. And I say that based on seeing them many, many times since my first time on the Lights Out tour in Sheffield back in the seventies. Well, they almost let me down in Bradford during the Walk on Water tour but I forgave them – Schenker wasn’t firing that night as I recall. Tour dates below with support being the reformed Heavy Metal Kids unless at the dates marked with a * – get those tickets in. 15th March – UK – Cambridge – The Junction
16th March – UK – Edinburgh – HMV Picture House
17th March – UK – Newcastle – 02 Academy
18th March – UK – Leeds – 02 Academy
* 20th March – Ireland – Dublin – Academy
* 21st March – UK – Belfast – Spring & Airbrake
* 23rd March – UK – Milton Keynes – The Stables
* 24th March – UK – Tavistock – The Wharf
25th March – UK – Bristol – 02 Academy
27th March – UK – Nottingham – Rock City
28th March – UK – Norwich – Waterfront
30th March – UK – Manchester – HMV Ritz
31st March – UK – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
* 1st April – UK – Southampton – The Brook
3rd April – UK – Brighton – Concorde 2
4th April – UK – London – Forum Then after (or before) you’ve got your tickets ordered then why not pre-order the album so you can wrap your ears around it straight away? ©2012 New Wave of British Heavy Metal Blog
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