JOE LYNN TURNER

(UNITED STATES)

BELLY OF THE BEAST

(2022)
LABEL:

MASCOT LABEL GROUP

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening, Epic, Old School, Theatrical
""Belly Of The Beast" marks the return to business of a transfigured Joe Lynn Turner offering a dark and exhausting heavy metal album."
LYNOTT (15.11.2022)  
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The last legendary pioneers of the history of hard rock are no longer legion. To have crossed five decades at the sides of the big names of the genre, Joe Lynn Turner is one of them. Rainbow, Malmsteen and Deep Purple are names that speak for themselves. This workaholic has also known many solo escapades of which this "Belly Of The Beast", eleventh album, is part of it.

The magnificent cover of the work is of a surprising darkness, almost sinister. By going through the eleven tracks that compose it, we understand better the evil aura that it spreads. The frontman has never interpreted such dark lyrics, nor has he ever put his voice on such heavy and direct compositions. Gone is the classic melodic hard rock, Joe Lynn Turner has reinvented himself here, the physical evolution of the American going hand in hand with his stylistic choice. Revealing to the world his bald head since he was 14 years old due to alopecia, he now looks like a Pharaoh of ancient Egypt at 71 years old.

What should be remembered is this voice that has hardly changed except for the dirty and grainy side that perfectly suits this opus as well as the energy and emotion that emanates from it. We also find this 80's Heavy metal boosted by a production of today in reinforced concrete and this care brought to the melodies served to the fans of the former bands of Joe Lynn Turner.

Many nuggets are scattered throughout this opus. With the eponymous track you are immediately caught under an apocalyptic barrage with a phenomenal work on the guitars and the melodies. The throbbing rhythm of 'Tortured Soul', in which you can almost hear Iron Maiden on the chorus enveloping the most tortured chorus or the riff launching 'Rise Up' worthy of Rammstein, are particularly successful. Finally, let's mention the huge 'Desire', a heavy track torn between Black Sabbath, Rainbow and once again Rammstein, or the melodious 'Don't Fear The Dark' and 'Living The Dream', as well as the epic ballad 'Dark Night Of Soul', three unique breaths of fresh air among the tracks

Joe Lynn Turner has just made a surprising and thunderous return to business. Those who thought that the man had given all he had in reserve will be surprised. Joe Lynn Turner is still growling, and he's proving to be pretty damn fierce.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Belly of The Beast
02. Black Sun
03. Tortured Soul
04. Rise Up
05. Dark Night Of The Soul
06. Tears Of Blood
07. Desire
08. Don’t Fear The Dark
09. Fallen World
10. Living The Dream
11. Requiem

LINEUP:
Andres Sandstrom: Backing Vocals
Christer Gards: Backing Vocals
Joe Lynn Turner: Chant
Jonas Kjellgren: Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Backing Vocals
Love Magnusson: Guitares
Pelle Hinden: Backing Vocals
Peter Tägtgren : Guitares / Basse / Claviers
Sebastien Tägtgren:
   
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PATLUC
28/11/2022
 
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Ce n'est peut être pas révolutionnaire, mais je trouve cet album très bon , bien ficelé et très NWOBHM 80 sur quelques morceaux ( surtout le premier morceau avec ces guitares rapides et tranchantes) . Les morceaux plus lents et plus lourds à la Sabbath (ie Desire) sont excellents. Un très bon 4
KINGEDDIE
18/11/2022
 
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Au risque de passer encore une fois pour un immonde critiqueur, je tente le coup malgré tout, pour dire que cette galette de Joe ne m'a pas emballé, malgré son talent indéniable... rien de vraiment rédhibitoire mais juste une impression de déjà entendu ailleurs mais en mieux...je préférerais Joe avec Blackmore, beaucoup moins chez Sunstorm et pas mieux en solo... trop moyen pour être remarquable...
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