ARTIST:

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

THE AGE OF ABSURDITY

(2018)
LABEL:

NUCLEAR BLAST

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Bluesy, Old School, Punk
"Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons succeeds in asserting a strong personality which however assumes a heritage too heavy to be ignored."
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Not surprisingly, Phil Campbell was used to recording albums on the fly when he played in Motörhead. So there's no reason why he shouldn't do the same thing with the band he's put together with his sons and singer Neil Starr: Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons. Of course, "The Age Of Absurdity" is the first real opus of this family enterprise, but it follows a first self-titled EP dating from 2016 and another EP, live this time ("Live At Solothurn" - 2017). Signed to Nuclear Blast, the quintet thus releases its first full-length work with all the assurance that the experience of the master of the place allows.

As in 2016, the Brits freely assert their filiation with Phil's legendary former band, but without ever falling into parody. And if 'Ringleader' starts the hostilities with a riff worthy of 'Overkill', Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons remain capable of varying tempi and atmospheres while keeping a common thread mixing hard-rock, heavy, punk and blues. On the one hand, Phil Campbell's solos are still easily noticeable, but on the other hand, Neil Starr's voice is so different from Lemmy's that it provides an extra breath of fresh air in the middle of the comparisons that can't help but come back with the famous bomber. Then, if 'Gypsy Kiss' or 'Ping The Needle' inevitably evoke Motörhead's most scathing burns with their punkish riffs, 'Welcome To Hell' or 'Step Into The Fire' are more inclined towards Danko Jones. The very particular groove of the Canadians shines through without once again being able to mention plagiarism.

And then there are the more original tracks such as the single 'Dark Days' or 'Into The Dark', which is a conclusion of more than 6 minutes. Carried by Neil Starr's shining harmonica and perfectly mastered vocals, the first one develops a big blues full of feeling. As for the second one, it offers a melodic and melancholic mid-tempo with a bluesy and heady riff. Heavier, 'Skin And Bones' enters a dark heavy mood that 'High Rule' will dig even deeper with a greasy and pachydermic rhythmic. Finally, 'Get On Your Knees' will also keep your attention with its nasty and scathing hard-rock like a punishing whip.

Without revolutionising the recipe offered in 2016 with their first EP, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons easily transform the test made on that occasion. The Welshman and his offspring succeed in asserting a strong personality that assumes a heritage too heavy to be ignored, while venturing on some parallel paths that leave its coherence to the whole album. It's hard to say if the quintet will be able to keep up with this level while performing at such an intensive pace. In the meantime, any fan of hard-rock without frills or barriers should check out this uncompromising opus with a powerful energy.


More informations on http://www.philcampbell.net





TRACK LISTING:
01. Ringleader - 4:04
02. Freak Show - 3:41
03. Skin And Bones - 3:49
04. Gypsy Kiss - 2:22
05. Welcome To Hell - 3:06
06. Dark Days - 4:45
07. D-ropping The Needle - 1:50
08. Step Into The Fire - 3:32
09. Get On Your Knees - 3:28
10. High Rule - 3:55
11. Into The Dark - 6:37

LINEUP:
Dane Campbell: Batterie
Neil Starr: Chant / Harmonica
Phil Campbell: Guitares
Todd Campbell: Guitares
Tyla Campbell: Basse
   
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