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When I put this CD on its Raining awesome
on 12 June 2012
Yeah ok, I'll admit I am a huge fan of this band as not only do they have great songs & put on great live shows, but they are also a great bunch of guys who are very appreciative of their fans.
The second album is always a notoriously tough thing to do for any band as the debut is a work of many years of writing and performing, with the material for the second album being a lot more rushed, for want of a better word. Its especially tough when the debut is a total corker of an album.
So how do Jettblack do with their second release? Well as the title says, they do an awesome job.
While some of the songs may not be as instant as those on the debut, all the songs on here have their own merits. Some are classic instantaneous hook laden monsters, others are more complex slow burners that hook themselves into your brain after a few more plays.
There is nothing modern on here, its good old fashioned no thrills classic rock. Will and Jon once again share vocal and guitar duties, with Wills guitar style having a more bluesey slant and Jons a more quickfire flash somewhat akin to the likes of Eddie Van Halen. Matt and Tom provide a rhythm section that is as solid as any I have heard, and the power is as evident as ever.
If I have one complaint of this album its the two bonus tracks. The second version of Raining Rock has guest vocals from ex-Accept front man, Udo.
I have no problem with Udo as I do like Accept, but I just dont think his vocal song fits the song ... but thats just my opinion.
The other bonus song, Weapon, annoys me as its not on the CD, and is only available on download. Its getting very annoying that those of us who still love the idea of having something physical in our hands, are getting shorted, and especially when the downloadable version is so damn quiet its unbelievable. (I had the same issue with the new Trixter CD as well)
Overall, anyone who loved the debut will be very happy with the new album, and am sure it will cause some debate between fans as to which album is better.
Anyone who has not heard the band (are you mad?) would be just as recommended to pick up this one as I would recommend the debut, as both or incredibly good examples that old school rock will never die.