CHRIS CATENA Freak Out Iuma IMRC 007 (2004)
Italian vocalist Chris Catena has assembled a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of
hard rock musicians on here. Catena is heavily influenced by Deep Purple,
Trapeze and early Whitesnake, with ex-Purple and Whitesnake members Glenn
Hughes, Bernie Marsden, Tommy Aldridge and Micky Moody all appearing. Add to
this the talents of Jeff Scott Soto, Tony Franklin, ex-Kiss guitarist Bruce
Kulick, ex-Uriah Heep singer John Lawton and Y&T’s Dave Meniketti to name
but a few. But despite all these star names is the music any good? Yes
indeed! Prime time 70’s hard rock with a big funk vibe running through it
coupled with modern production.
‘Crazy Man’ is the fine example - mixing guitar solos, swirling keyboard
solos and big funk groove - nice. Glenn Hughes pops up on ‘Freak Out
Tonight’, a groove-laden rocker (just how many albums doe this man guest
on?). Lend your ears to ‘Lady Starlight’ and you’d swear it was
Moody/Marsden era ‘Snake and also ‘Sweet Talker’, which of course is an old
‘Snake Chestnut, with Micky Moody adding his distinctive slide guitar.
An interesting album and one to be enjoyed by all lovers of hard rock.
Deserves a big audience - just hope it doesn’t get buried amongst all the
other albums out there.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly