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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Monday 28 May 2012

Great White - Elation

The love and passion for their music has never faltered. Re-charged and re-focused, Great White channels their raw, sweet and all-at-once dangerous sound into their soon-to-be released collection. Set to come out May 2012 from Frontiers Records, Elation is the band’s 12th studio album. Elation thrives on Great White’s signature grit and blues-hued sound, only marked with a new synergy.

Featuring original members, Mark Kendall (guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums) and joined by lead singer Terry Ilous and bassist Scott Snyder the group emerged unscathed from late 2011 band member changes. Best known for the 1989 smash “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” Great White’s worldwide sales are approaching 10 million. Their song arsenal also includes  “Rock Me,” “Save Your Love,” “The Angel Song,” “Mistabone” and more!
Lardie, who also served as Elation’s producer, applauded the band’s teamwork in the studio. He was struck by the group’s song writing approach and enthusiasm, and assures fans will embrace the record.

Now me and Great Back go a long way. A hell of a long way back to the debut all those years ago, wow it was 1984! I sought of become a bit disconnected with Great White around the ‘Hooked’ period. I must admit that the band has gone through its fair share up line-ups and problems (2003 club fire, Jack Russell’s illness, and now touring under the moniker Jack Russell’s Great White!)

Evidently after using Jani Lane, Paul Shorting these past couple of years, Great White have settled on the very experienced, and also very talented Terry Ilous (XYZ). As you would expect its not jack Russell singing, not many have a trademark set of pipes like Russell. We currently have 2 versions of the same band, although this is the original, and both peddling the same songs to the same audience base. Let the lawyers pick them both clean in the name of Great White!

Opening track <i>(I’ve Got) Something For You</i> definitely in the old Great White blues rock vibe. <i> Feeling So Much Better</i>  is decent enough and proves the bloke has a great set of pipes, but its difficult to get past the missing Jack Russell vox (maybe I’m being a bit too harsh). Ilous does a decent enough job I admit, but possibly the songs could be taken up a notch with Russel’s singing, bearing in mind he can still sing like he did of course.

<i>Love Train</i> take thinks up a discernible notch or three, a slow burner in the classic Bad Company mould. <i>Hard to Say Goodbye</i> is an obligatory campfire cowboy rock ballad that sounds as its straight out of the Black Crowes back catalogue.

All in all its pretty standard fare, and is a decent enough album. If it weren’t for the Great White moniker being attached, I doubt it would sell by the amount that it will. In saying that, without Jack Russell, it’s no Great White, and possibly they should have considered going out under a new name. But who am I to stop them shifting some albums in 2012. Ilous does a great job on vocals and it’s great to hear the Great White sound being replicated almost 30 years down the line


Terry Ilous– lead vocals
Mark Kendall– lead guitar
Scott Snyder– bass guitar
Audie Desbrow– drums
Michael Lardie– guitar, keyboards 

Tracklisting:(I've Got) Something For You; Feelin' So Much Better; Love Train; Heart Of A Man; Hard To Say Goodbye; Resolution; Shotgun Willie's; Promise Land; Lowdown  (Bonus Track); Just For Tonight; Love Is Enough; Complicated.

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