I’ll be completely honest and say off the bat…I’d never heard of Robben Ford before listening to this CD. Some of you will be asking ‘Where exactly have you been?’ I’m asking myself the exact same question. While listening to this, his follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed A Day In Nashville, I decided to do a bit of digging. What I turned up astounded me. How had I not heard Robben Ford before?
At this point, any complaints are really just minor nitpicking and other than that, it’s just another masterful work from Riverside, which to me truly is one of the best progressive rock acts out there right now. But other than that, Shrine of New Generation Slaves is just a wonderful ride from one end to the other and it will likely get the most spinning time out of all progressive rock/metal albums in 2013. What a strong start to the year!
There’s a clear buzz inside and outside of the Forum tonight. Blind Guardian have done what few bands are willing to do these days and listened to their fanbase and returned to England for what Hansi describes as the “opening and also the closing night of their UK tour”.