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Voodoo Hill – Waterfall Review

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Released by: Frontiers Music slr

Release date: 16 October 2015

Genre: Hard Rock/Blues Rock

 

Lineup:

Dario Mollo – Guitars
Glenn Hughes – Vocals

 

Track Listing:

01. All That Remains

02. The Well

03. Rattle Shake Bone

04. Underneath And Down Below

05. Waterfall

06. Karma Go

07. Evil Thing

08. Eldorado

09. White Feather

10. Sunflower

11. Last Door

 

Voodoo Hill, the outstanding collaboration of Italian guitar wizard Dario Mollo and legendary singer/bassist Glenn Hughes (and if I have to tell you who he is, well, hang your head in shame and go find out.) This is their third album in 15 years and like a fine wine they get better and better. Mollo is best known for his work with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath vocalist) in a band called The Cage, while Hughes is fresh off his classic rock trip with Black Country Communion and California Breed. Both the s/t debut and the follow-up Wild Seed of Mother Earth were absolutely stellar. The two are back and better than ever.

Waterfall is not only the best album of this duo, but demonstrates the growth and maturity of a band that has been playing together solid for a couple of decades instead of just doing stuff here and there. Of course, when you’re Glenn Hughes and Dario Mollo, both seasoned pros; it doesn’t matter if they’ve seen each other in a couple of weeks or a couple of years, it’s going to be a fantastic collection of songs. Where the first album was dipping their toes in the water they played it safe-ish and stuck with what both knew: great bluesy melodic hard rock. Things got a bit heavier on the follow-up, getting a little darker and possibly being the heaviest thing in both men’s careers thus far. On the latest one they took both albums and combined the heavier aspects and the blues rock and made a magnificent album. Since his return from the brink of death, Hughes has been at the top of his game and his voice is as strong and amazing at has ever been. On tracks like “All That Remains,” “Rattle Shake Bone,” “Waterfall,” and “Last Door” the pair mesh so perfectly, Mollo’s brilliant riffs and blues laden solos and Hughes voice of the gods.

Since one never knows when Voodoo Hill will record another album, each one has to be savored. I have such a deep love and appreciation for both of these men as musicians, their talent is leaps and bounds beyond much of the new guard. If you are a fan of either of these men or a fan of great melodic rock with a little edge and a great bluesy sound, this is for you. Here’s hoping these two giants have more music in the future for us.

 

Written by: Chris Martin

Ratings: Chris   9/10

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