Backroads to Byzantium
Style: Classic Rock
Release date: 7 October, 2011
Playing time: 38:58

This is the Ireland based band Glyder and these guys are a new acquaintance for me. 'Backroads to Byzantium' is their 4th studio album and they stand for a down to earth classic rock and they got a new singer for this album; Jackie Robinson, who's got a voice quite similar to Phil Mogg and Paul Rogers. This is a album that stands for timeless rock and the fans of the 70s rock have a new band to bear in the mind.

The opening track, "Chronicled Deceit", which is a surprisingly heavy rock song with inspiration from bands like Rhino Bucket and older AC/DC makes me really happy. "Long Gone" is also a 70s rock song with some modern touches. "Fade to Dust" a simple rock wallop with beautiful guitar efforts and Jackie on vocal is truly a bargain for Glyder with his unique and clear voice. In the true Irish song "Even If I Don't..." the history and the heritage from Thin Lizzy gives the song it's clear and highlighted sound.

The lyrics are great and they have put a lot of time and energy into them that's obvious. "Down & Out" is almost a psychedelic rock track with tempo changes and in the easy listening track "Something She Knows" the sensitive guitars and the softer sound return. The most advanced track on the album is "Two Wrongs" with sharp edged guitars and both the guitar players are doing some amazing solos. In the end they have the fantastic nice ballad "Motions of Time", which almost melts my old metal heart into a iron pile. Glyder has their own sound and stands for something that they belive in and that's worth some extra points in the rating.

Glyder line-up: Jackie Robinson vocals, Bat Kinane guitars and backing vocals, Pete Fisher guitars, Graham McClatchie bass and Des Mcevoy on the drums.


01. Chronicled Deceit
. Long Gone
. Fade to Dust
. Even if I Don't Know Where I'm Gonna Go
. Don't Make Their Mistake
. Down & Out
. Something She Knows
. Two Wrongs
. End of the Line
. Motions of Time

Label: SPV/Steamhammer
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Artwork rating: 68/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 27 September, 2011