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Molly Hatchet - 2010 Justice

ARTIST: Molly Hatchet
ALBUM: Justice
LABEL: SPV/Steamhammer
SERIAL: SPV 308231
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Phil McCormack - vocals * Bobby Ingram - guitar * Dave Hlubek - guitar * Tim Lindsey - bass * Shawn Beamer - drums * John Galvin - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Been To Heaven Been To Hell * 02 Safe In My Skin * 03 Deep Water * 04 American Pride * 05 I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die * 06 Fly On The Wings Of Angels (Somer's Song) * 07 As Heaven Is Forever * 08 Tomorrows And Forevers * 09 * 10 In The Darkness Of Night * 11 Justice



While Dave Hlubek remains the only original member of Hatchet still in the band, this lineup is more enduring than some of its more famous incarnations. Leader Ingram has been keeping the band alive since 1989, while McCormack has been at the helm since 1985. Let's not forget Galvin either, a veteran from the early 80's. It's been five years since 'Warriors Of The Rainbow Bridge' however, so this is more than overdue from the Jacksonville southern rock legends. Not much has changed naturally and this is another decent effort from a band who continue to stick to their roots, no matter what year it is.

The Songs
I have to go on record and say the opening track 'Been To Heaven, Been To Hell' is the best piece of pure boogie I've heard from Hatchet since the Danny Joe Brown days. This would have fit on any of the 70's or 80's albums, with the vintage Southern riffs smoking along and McCormack sounding more like Brown than ever. Can the rest of the album maintain this? 'Safe In My Skin' does indeed, another straight ahead rocker with plenty of purpose. I wasn't prepared however for the opening synth barrage of 'Deep Water', which leads into a track which could seriously have been culled from 1984's 'The Deed Is Done.' It's been years since I've heard Southern AOR of this class, superb melody all round. 'American Pride' is a standard piece of raunch much like current Lynyrd Skynyrd and it leads into the first of three eight minute epics, 'I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die'. More synths here, mixed with great guitar harmonies which build up naturally into a roaring crescendo. The late 80's sounding ballad 'Fly On The Wings Of Angels (Somer's Song)' runs the same length, but at this point the album starts losing steam, as another ballad 'As Heaven Is Forever' follows immediately. The pompish intro to 'Vengeance' is promising, the rest of the track following suit, another AOR crossover. What the album really needs though is another track like the opener and try as it might, the stop start nature of 'In The Darkness Of The Night' isn't it. The title track is the last eight minute affair, obviously styled after 'Fall Of The Peacemakers', with the expected slow beginning leading into extended guitar solos.

In Summary
I feel this album should have been a lot stronger than it turned out. The opening half is uniformly excellent, but with too many overlong and slower tracks dominating the latter half it brings 'Justice' down a notch or two. It's still good to have the band around and having seen this lineup live a few years back I can vouch for their ability to deliver the goods. Overall this should please most fans and if anything 'Been To Heaven, Been To Hell' should be heard by any Southern Rock aficionado.

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#1 | gdazegod on May 25 2010 04:34:26
Hot damn, that track 'Deep Water' is a scorcher! Woah! cheerleader
#2 | Jez on May 25 2010 18:42:14
Can't wait for next week when this is released. Absolutely love this band.
#3 | Jez on September 01 2010 03:21:40
Brilliant album and nice to see the guys really back on form. Love it.
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