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And Justice For All......
on 6 June 2010
i've been a Molly Hatchet fan since 1980 and bought EVERY album/dvd since 'Beaten The Odds' on the day it was released but i've always struggled to come to terms with the latter versions of the band using the name,to have NO original members and be carried along by 2 of Danny Joe Brown's sidemen always seemed wrong and gave the whiff of tribute band,the albums have generally been good if a little lacking in originality,so given that this would appear to be the first album that original guitarist Dave Hlubeck would be recording with this version of the band, live discs/cover albums not withstanding( i know he was named on the previous 'Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge,but he didnt even get a photo on the sleeve nor any writing credits)-i was anticipating something a little extra.
So how does it shape up,well sadly no writing credits for Hlubeck,the triumvibrate of Ingram/Galvin/McCormack calling the shots clearly with Dave reduced to role of bitplayer in his own band ,somewhat disapointing,the solo's arent credited either so its hard to tell how much input he has,whatever....
The revelation is in the music,this disc knocks the last 2 studio discs for six and gives 'Devils Canyon & Silent Reign Of Hereos' a run for their money,opening with with a triple (southern metal) whammy the band is rockin from the off and dazzling solo afer solo lets rip from your speakers before track 4 'American Pride' returns the band back to the southern rock of the early days,so far so good,'Gonna live 'Til I die' is next and is a typical southern epic that this band do so well and immediately reminds me of the classic 'Fall of the Peacemakers'.
The mood takes a sombre turn as the haunting,chilling 'Fly On The Wings Of Angels(Somer's song) flows out of the speakers and all the way thru all i could think about was my own son/daughter and the impact their death would have on me,if that was the purpose then job done,as well as celebrating the life of one taken too soon,the loss palpable while listening to the track,it certainly stalls the disc and halts the celebratory mood of the earlier tracks.The sombre mood continues with 'Heaven is Forever' and its message of departed loved ones, again im thinking of my parents long dead,cant believe this,cant remember the last time a disc made me think/feel like this,another beautiful song,understandably the follow up 'Tomorrow and Forevers' stutters slightly.
The album takes off again with the final 3 tracks,the three really can be seen as one long trilogy with the epic title track being absolutely magnificent.
I still have my reservations regarding calling themselves Molly Hatchet but i cannot ignore the quality of the disc,if there's any 'justice' in the world this should fly(on the wings of angels?) up the charts.