Power of Metal.dk Review

California Breed
California Breed
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 16 May, 2014
Playing time: 51:18

Two of the former super group Black Country Communion's members have created a new project when Bonamassa walked and choose his own bluesy path again. From the ashes arises California Breed. Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham's new trio is completed by the 23 year old, talented guitarist/singer Andrew Watt. And this is something completely different than Black Country Communion. This album is a fucking rock n roll tumbler. California Breed is playing music for all lovers of fiery hard rock, heavy '70s rock, blues rock and classic rock 'n' roll.

Groovy as hell and Glenn sings better than he has done in decades. It sounds vital and alert and Andrew's foray has given the two old wooden trestles music-aphrodisiac which results into a sound with absolutely incredible spirited and fresh feelings. The opening track 'The Way' sweeps the rug from under my feet away. They shoot everything they have in their ammo box in the first song and I'm having problem breathing. Their sparkling blues inspired blues hard rock is as a warm blanket over me in 'Chemical Rain' and when the monster song 'Midnight Oil' starts I get big Led Zeppelin pictures in front of me and Hughes vocals are stunning. The drumming in this song is awesome as well.

The album is produced by Dave Cobb, who has done wonders with Rival Sons, this debut is pretty damn spectacular also. The calm and beautiful track 'All Falls Down' is my personal favourite with big emotional moods. 'The Grey' is a groovy and heavy rock song with huge and powerful vocals from Mr. Hughes. 'Days They Come' is an epic song with diverse tempi and unique vocals. As the album progresses it gets more experimental, so much leaves you wide-eyed in wonder about the possibilities this band has to offer in the future. Straight forward classic hard rock is what you get in 'Spit You Out'. The Zeppelin tasty track 'Strong' and the incomparable 'Invisible' results in a big fat smile.

The blues inspired rock track 'Scars' is maybe the most impetuous song on the entire album. Did they records this song live? A track which makes me speechless. The closing song 'Breathe' is a timeless rock song and a matter of fact I can say that the whole album is somehow timeless.

A crazy blend of old 70's hard rock and modern rock. Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Deep Purple and Red Hot Chilli Peppers in a blender and out comes California Breed. Chris Cornell and Glenn sounds the same when they reach the highest pitch. Took me awhile to sort that out...

A recommended purchase.

01. The Way
Sweet Tea
Chemical Rain
Midnight Oil
All Falls Down
The Grey
Days They Come
Spit You Out
11. Scars
12. Breathe
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 87/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 11 May, 2014
Website: www.californiabreed.com