Saturday, January 17, 2009
GMT - Evil Twin - Best known as saving the day for Ozzy Osbourne by filling in when Randy Rhoads tragically was killed in 1982, Irish rock guitar legend Bernie Torme has teamed up with ex Gillan bandmate bassist John McCoy and wildman drummer Robin Guy in Guy McCoy Torme for a second offering, the follow-up to 2006's critically acclaimed 'Bitter & Twisted'.
Far from succumbing to the dreaded sophomore jinx, these rock veterans up the ante, creating a soundscape where heavy, punk -like riffs coexist with psychedelic Hendrix influenced guitar overtones and intelligent lyrics, all served up with a unique British flavor. Not your typical metal album by any means (When's the last time you heard tabla and sitar on a classic metal song?). Throw in the guitarist's first long epic blues guitar extravaganza "Perfumed Garden," and an appearance from yet another former Gillan mate, keyboardist Colin Towns and you have something really special.
Torme, who handles all vocals, bar a guest appearance on one track by Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, isn't your usual operatic styled heavy singer, which actually works to his benefit as it makes a refreshing change from the norm, and is yet but another layer on an extremely tasty second helping. Tabbed by this site as "Album Of The Month" for December, this is one which, given more time to live with, most likely would've ranked even higher.
Remarkably cohesive, the chemistry of this band cannot be denied, the results can be heard from start to finish. Not interested in chasing trends, the three create passion fueled music which is only driven by their love of playing, not commercial concerns, which is how it should be.