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Voodoo Hill
Wild Seed Of Mother Earth
Frontiers Records
FRCD191
Produced By: Dario Mollo

Running Time: 52.54

Release Date: June 23

Released: EU

Musical Style: Hard Rock/Metal

Links: Frontiers
87%
Songs: 85%
Sound: 89%
Heavier, darker and bordering on metal on occasions, this really sees guitarist/writer Dario Mollo deliver something a little different. On hand is vocalist Glenn Hughes who as per usual sings his heart out. This is something a little different for him also though. This is a heavier tone and style than his usual bluesy hard rock delivery.
He handles it with ease of course, but the material is definitely more challenging. I'm really enjoying hear him sing something different.
Make Believe is a great opener and not far from what we are familiar with, but it's Dying To Live that sends things over the top. Gruff, urgent and darker vocals really add an edge to this already heavy, chunky guitar driven song.
If you don't concentrate on what's on offer this could almost sound a little loud and overbearing. At times I though it was just a little noisy, with so much going on within each song. But on further investigation things fell into place and my admiration for the album grew.
The album features some in your face, furious rockers such as Still Evergreen and Make Believe alongside darker and more intense tracks like Atmosphere and Can't Stop Falling (which features a highly original mid-song interlude).
In addition to those, there are a few unexpected twists such as the sparse, but intense Wild Seed Of Mother Earth and the relatively easy going My Eyes Don't See It and the haunting softer closing track 16 Guns.
The Bottom Line
An album that takes several listens to click. That's not a bad thing, as I rather like albums with depth that grow on you. There's nothing worse than knowing an album inside out after the first listen. What I am saying is don't be put off by your first taste of the album.
It's heavier, more complex and more original then the debut and sees Glenn Hughes challenged vocally. This features some of the heaviest material of his career. At times everything does sound a little bit too much, but repeated listens helps the album evolve.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
The Cage
The Cage 2
Voodoo Hill
Wild Seed Of Mother Earth

Line Up
Glenn Hughes: Vocals
Dario Mollo: Guitar
Roberto: Drums
Fulvio Gaslini: Bass
Dario Patti: Keyboards

Essential for fans of:
Glenn Hughes
The Cage
Dario Mollo
Track Listing
Make Believe*
Dying To Live*
Still Evergreen
Atmosphere
Wild Seed of Mother Earth*
My Eyes Don't See It*
Can't Stop Falling
Nothing Stays The Same
Soul Protector
She Cast No Shadow
16 Guns*
--*Best Tracks



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