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Denner's Trickbag - 2013 Denner's Trickbag

ARTIST: Denner's Trickbag
ALBUM: Denner's Trickbag
LABEL: Target Records DK
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Michael Denner - guitar * Flemming Muus - bass * Kim Hageman - drums * Lars Berthelsen - vocals * Peter Domptorp Hansen - guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ethiopia * 02 Wasteland * 03 Foyers Of Fun * 04 Never In My Life * 05 Hearts On Fire * 06 Don't You Let Me Down * 07 Polecat Woman * 08 I Got The Fire * 09 Armaggedon * 10 Dancing Madly Backwards - Armworth - Myopic Void



He's a long way away from 80's era origins with King Diamond and Mercyful Fate, but Michael Denner is probably where he always wanted to be.. playing his own style of music. Denner's Trickbag is his new gig, and it's raw and ready guitar rock, with some Danish friends called upon for duty. The whole trickbag is so 70's styled, it would be difficult to look at it any other way. This album is more about guitars than it is vocals. Yes, there is some singing involved, but I doubt you'll be consciously waiting for the lyrics to kick in. It's more about Marshall's than microphones, so guitar purists will have a field day, melodic rockers looking for a delicate chorus and well heeled arrangements should look elsewhere.

The Songs
The opener is a cover of British band (though of Israeli origin) Jericho's 'Ethiopia', a track that appeared on their one-off 1972 LP. It's touted as a bit of an early 70's classic, in the vein of Captain Beyond and Stray, so Denner has done right by putting out his own version. 'Wasteland' is a 3 minute hard rock blast, where everything sounds beefed up. More so than an a Angus Beef Meat Pie! 'Foyers Of Fun' is a cover of British jazz rock outfit Tempest, a song taken from their 1973 debut LP. As you hear its off-kilter charm and complex time changes, it's no wonder Allan Holdsworth originally had a dab hand in putting this track together. 'Never In My Life' is a rebuilt Mountain track, which I'm sure messrs Pappalardi and West will appreciate. 'Hearts On Fire' is a fiery and chunky track, Denner's tone on the solo is reminiscent of 70's era Michael Schenker. 'Don't You Let Me Down' is the mildest track here, it too contains some moments of Schenker like brilliance, while 'Polecat Woman' has a monstrous sound, I wonder what the original version from Three Man Army was like? Denner has obviously looked at some of these 70's prog tracks for this album, with a view to adding some industrial strength to them! Consider this one of them. Montrose's 'I Got The Fire' is given a rousing update, and is as powerful as we all know it to be. In fact, just about every cover version I've heard of this song is great. Vinny Appice's 'Armageddon' (from Axis's 1978 'It's A Circus World') is given a fresh hearing. While the original sounded like a Hughes/Thrall workout, Denner's version is rowdy, full and (there's that word again) beefy! The closer 'Dancing Madly Backwards, Armworth, Myopic Void' are in fact the first three songs from Captain Beyond's seminal 1972 debut. I take it Denner was a fan of the band (as are many GDAZERs too!), because this one is a swamp-laden beauty!

In Summary
As mentioned, this is one album that will please guitar enthusiasts, plus all the old school 70's proggies who could see this as bowing to the altar of some of the genre greats from that era. Having read some other reviews on the Net for this album, I am disappointed that some people have obviously done no homework when researching the merits of Denner's Trickbag. I love the fact that Denner has kept it earlier than 1979 with his selections. An album well worth hearing, particularly if you are a Captain Beyond fan!

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#1 | rkbluez on December 29 2013 01:36:04
Love it...the Trickbag nails every track down and makes rock even the choice of the fat sound...only thing I'd like better is an album of Trickbag originals of the same retro of the surprise albums of 2013 for me...I can listen to this one over and over again something I can't say about a lot of other releases lately.
#2 | tompa on December 29 2013 11:10:13
Man, that tracklist is a wet dream! Bar 'Don't you let me down' and 'Wasteland' this is almost like a 'Best Of The Seventies'. 'Armageddon' by Axis (with Vinny not Carmine) is a surprise inclusion and a happy one. Love the original and Denner doesn't disappoint.
One of the reasons I love this album, beside Denner's efforts, is that he have the good taste to pick these songs.
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