MOONSTONE PROJECT Time To Take A Stand|
Majestic Rock MAJCD080 (2006)
The maestro behind this project is Italian guitarist Matt Filippini, and with his own bassist and drummer, has compiled an excellent bluesy metal album with a series of guest vocalists.
Opener 'Slave Of Time' starts off acoustically before all hell kicks in, and an excellent opener it is too, with Kelly Keeling handling the vocals. 'Not Dead Yet' is a heavy almost southern number with Graham Bonnet leading the screams, a track not to be missed.
Equally soulful and bluesy are 'Where Do You Hide The Blues Youíve Got' and 'Rose In Hell', with vocalist Glenn Hughes and drummer Ian Paice in appearance. The Hammond Organ fits in well too.
Overall itís a great hard rock album, with some decent guitar touches that donít verge on unnecessary shred. And well worth anyoneís money.
Other guests include Steve Walsh (Kansas), Eric Bloom and legendary drummer Carmine Appice.
Naturally sounding, thereís no showing off anywhere. Top rock throughout.
Review by Joe Geesin