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Molly Hatchet - 2005 Warriors Of The Rainbow Bridge

ARTIST: Molly Hatchet
ALBUM: Warriors Of The Rainbow Bridge
SERIAL: SPV 085-70392
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: Phil Mc Cormack - vocals * Bobby Ingram - guitars, vocals * Dave Hlubek - guitars * Tim Lindsey - bass * John Galvin - keyboards * Rich Del Falvo - piano, keyboards * Shawn Beamer - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Son Of The South * 02 Moonlight Dancing On The Bayou * 03 I'm Ready For You * 04 Roadhouse Boogie * 05 Time Keeps Slipping Away * 06 Get In The Game * 07 Flames Are Burning * 08 Hell Has No Fury * 09 Gone In Sixty Seconds * 10 Behind The Bedroom Door * 11 No Stranger In The Darkness * 12 Rainbow Bridge



Wow and double wow!! This is a complete surprise to me. Who would think that Molly Hatchet would give us in 2005, one of the best hard rockin' albums of the year so far? Blimey, not only is this heavy, it is melodic, and still retains the essence of their southern roots without losing sight. The return of 'original' Dave Hlubek is a blessing, and his combination with the talented Bobby Ingram is just the kick in the pants required to deliver to all those long suffering hard rock fans from the Southern states in the months to come (Ingram plays all the guitars on this album). That kick in the pants is probably the attitude required to help the band deal with some personal tragedies of late. The passing of long time Hatchet frontman Danny Joe Brown, friend and Jacksonville compadre Jakson Spires (Blackfoot) and more poignantly, Bobby Ingram's wife Stepahnie. The album title a spiritual theme (Rainbow bridge referring to the bridge between heaven and earth), and in some ways, a conflict to the swashbuckling swords that characterizes their album covers. However, the imagery is one that we've all become accustomed to, and long may it continue.

The Songs
The southern style gets us underway with 'Son Of The South'. You can tell the good ol' boys are back in town with this effort. The next track 'Moonlight Dancing On The Bayou' is wicked swamp rock. Dirty riffs and growling vocals send this track to the top of the list. It is followed closely by the hard driving rock 'I'm Ready For You'. And it's not because Cadillacs were mentioned in the lyrics either! The pumping bass lines by ex Lynyrd Skynyrd man Tim Lindsey helps to propel this one down the highway at breakneck velocity. Where would a Hatchet album be without a reference to 'southern boogie'. We get it with the demanding 'Roadhouse Boogie', though in all honesty, it has more in common with smooth melodic rock than traditional boogie. I'm not complaining though.. 'Time Keep Slipping Away' sees the first foray of good time rock n roll piano added to the mix. We're back on track with the fluid melodic rock of 'Get In The Game'. It is only McCormack's vocals that give the game away, and let us know that this is a southern rock album after all. The band give us a power ballad 'Flames Are Burning', and believe me, it is more power than ballad! The southern styling of 'Hell Hath No Fury' comes complete with tinker barroom piano and trademark smokin' guitars, like the Hatchet of old. 'Gone In Sixty Seconds' sounds as if it should accompany a fast-car ad, a perfect accompaniment with its vocals and guitars growling in unison. We end on the thematic 'Rainbow Bridge', the lyrics take a look into the spiritual window which connects us from here to there. No doubt, in reference to the aforementioned passings at the beginning of this review. It has all the hallmarks of another 6 minute plus epic, a feature that southern bands are kinda renowned for aye?

In Summary
Isn't it wonderful to hear the vocal style of Phil McCormack? Man this guy must have listened to every song that Danny Joe Brown ever sang! Just kidding, his delivery is impressive. Growling, rough-edged, and trained on Jack Daniels and a builders allotment of sandpaper! The guitar prowess of Ingram is already well known to readers of this site. With this album, Molly Hatchet have helped keep the memory and essence of quality southern rock alive. along with Zakk Wylde's latest album, the genre is in great shape once again. Welcome back Molly Hatchet!

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:34:05
Good to have original member Dave Hlubek back on board finally, although I don't know if he actually played on this. The sound has toughned up considerably than on previous releases, and it is good to hear the band really rocking out on most of the material here. The songs are all up to Hatchet's usual high standards with not a real weak link on show. A genuinely very strong Southern release, which in this day and age is a very refreshing indeed!.
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