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Celtic Pride - 2012 Light Up The Sky

ARTIST: Celtic Pride
ALBUM: Light Up The Sky
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: SLW Promotions


LINEUP: Justin Matthews - vocals * Don Williams - guitars * Rob Williams - guitars * Dominic Hill - bass * Bob Richards - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Light Up The Sky * 02 Never Leave Me Alone * 03 Shine On The World * 04 The Patriot * 05 Turn In My Grave * 06 Barroom Brawl * 07 Gonna Get You * 08 The Lost Warrior * 09 Don't Cry * 10 Voices In My Head



Released independently at the tail-end of 2012, Celtic Pride are a classic rock band originating out of South Wales. This lot have been around for quite some time, playing supporting gigs across Wales and out into England too. Some of you might be thinking this is Celtic Pride's first output from the recording studio. Not quite. These boys had an album out before this one: called 'War Zone'. Hard to find now, but I think it might be worth the hunt considering what I'm hearing on 'Light Up The Sky'. This is boisterous classic rock from these boyos, and I can hear doses of Thin Lizzy, Thunder (UK), plus Praying Mantis. There's an abundance of energy and power, gritty guitars from the brothers Williams Don and Rob (now isn't that a rare Welsh surname? lol) while the underpinned by former Shy, Asia and Adrian Smith drummer Bob Richards, a real power-house and well suited to the rock barrage being dispensed with here.

The Songs
The title track is first up, and wears its classic rock attitude for all to see. The Thin Lizzy ideas that run through this song are easy to see, the solo sounds as if it was lifted from Lizzy's 'Thunder And Lightning' album. 'Never Leave Me Alone' comes from a modern origin, more straight-forward in approach, where 'Shine On The World' starts out restrained before upping gears midstream and going for broke toward the back-end. 'The Patriot' features Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith, is fantastic full-on hard rock, again in Thin Lizzy style, think 'Cold Sweat' done the Welsh way! Despite the doom laden title, 'Turn In My Grave' isn't nearly as close in the music. Sure, big thunderous riffs abound, but this is closer to early 90's melodic rock than anything. I love the groovin' riffs found on 'Barroom Brawl', a real rabble rouser from the old school of rock. Not quite 'Smokin' In The Boys Room' styled mayhem, but close enough. 'Gonna Get You' tends to be a bit choppy though the solo and back-end of the song converts this into a full-blown blues rocker. 'The Lost Warrior' is solid and robust, though the song changes between introspective verses and power-packed choruses. Gotta love the huge drum work from Bob Richards on 'Don't Cry', a pulsing tour-de-force, with meaty guitars and a sledgehammer approach to things. No dispute there. I like the last track too.. 'Voices In My Head' has Justin Matthews sounding like the late great Andrew McPherson (a.k.a Mac) formerly of Sargant Fury and Threshold.

In Summary
The band will be kept busy with a whole bunch of tour dates right across 2013, though at this stage, kept mainly to Welsh venues. They may have the opportunity to go further afield during the British summer festival circuit, so hopefully it's more than just Welshmen and women who finally get to know about this hard rockin' outfit. If it's classic rock that you want, then you should be adding Celtic Pride to your inquiries list.

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#1 | AOR Lee on March 04 2013 16:01:02
George would you say this may be a contender for 2013 best of ?
#2 | gdazegod on March 04 2013 20:55:34
Not quite Lee..

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