Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – Kings Of The Asylum Review

Phil Campbell and his sons have produced a masterpiece of true rock n roll. It’s loud, it’s brash and uncompromising...

Heavy Rock

Nuclear Blast

Release Date – September 1st 2023

 

Line Up:

Phil Campbell – Guitars
Todd Campbell – Guitars
Tyla Campbell – Bass
Dane Campbell – Drums
Joel Peters – Vocals

 

Tracklist:

1 – Walking In Circles

2 – Too Much Is Never Enough

3 – Hammer And Dance

4 – Strike The Match

5 – Schizophrenia

6 – Kings Of The Asylum

7 – The Hunt

8 – Show No Mercy

9 – No Guts! No Glory!

10 – Ghosts

11 – Maniac

 

Where the fuck do I start with this? First, it’s an absolute rabid banging chunk of heavy rock n roll full of big nasty riffs, huge dirty grooves, and catchy melodies. Second, it sounds huge, and third, you gotta hear this record just for the energy it gives out. We all know about Phil Campbell’s rock n roll credentials all that DNA has fed into his three sons and by proxy, their singer Joel Peters, whose performance on this is nothing short of awesome.

Kicking off with an absolute banger – ‘Walking In Circles’ sets the stall out early so you know what to expect, it’s nasty, dirty, rude, crude, excessively loud rock n roll. ‘Too Much Is Not Enough’ steps on the gas with the true spirit of Motorhead and you’ll be singing the ‘tick, tick, tick, tock’ refrain all day! The new single ‘Hammer And Dance’ just takes off so hold on to your hats then we come down on a slice of sleazy boogie with ‘Strike The Match’ before the nasty riffage of ‘Schizophrenia’ takes over with another excellent vocal melody. The title track gives us some respite on a big bluesy groove before ‘The Hunt’ kicks things up again with some proper heavy rock n roll then the greasy boogie of ‘Show No Mercy’. ‘No Guts! No Glory!’ is full-on punk/metal that will have you pogoing/headbanging at once and people say men can’t multi-task! Things ease back on the spooky ‘Ghosts’ before the mighty rude, crude, and sure-to-be live favourite ‘Maniac’ – this is rock n roll and says everything you’ve ever wanted to say to anyone who has pissed you off! Finally, we get a bonus cut ‘Monster’ which is another quality banger and a fitting end. 

Phil Campbell and his sons have produced a masterpiece of true rock n roll. It’s loud, it’s brash and uncompromising. Campbell has lost none of his fire when it comes to riffs and leads and his sons Tyla, Todd, and Dane provide the tightest, grooviest backing. Singer Joel Scott must have trained for this because his performance is nothing short of breathtaking. Todd’s production skills are also impressive with huge sounds that are crystal clear. Having witnessed these guys live recently on more than one occasion I can’t wait to hear these songs live – they’re gonna tear every place down.  

 

Written by: Smudge

Ratings: 10/10

 

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