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Iain Ashley Hersey
The Holy Grail
September 2006
Released: 2005, Lion Music
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: MetalChick

Hersey's goal of bluesy classic rock was definitely accomplished here on his second album, but I'm not feeling the heaviness he was striving for. Perhaps it's heaviness in the classic rock sense. As guitarist and main songwriter of his solo project, Hersey takes many opportunities to step forward with some lead work, expressing that vintage sound from that classic era.

The first three tracks are sung by David 'Swan' Montgomery, who is the lead vocalist of tribute band Led ZepAgain. Of the four singers Hersey has recruited for this album, Swan is by far the best. He has a voice fit for this style of music. Carsten 'Lizard' Shulz from German rock band Domain, takes three tracks with his rough, throaty voice, which is also a nice fit.

It's the latter half that brings upon my boredom. Hersey's attempt at "Toccata in D Minor" is completely out of place among songs that are so much alike in their groovy, bluesy style. When Graham Bonnet takes his turn singing, I'm really turned off. He does not compare to the two vocalists previously mentioned. The strong suits of the first half are lacking here, and with so little variety between any of the songs, my interest is lost. If one is going to have 11 lengthy tunes of the same formula, they need something extra to keep from losing their audience.
Track Listing

1. Blood of Kings
2. In the Light
3. To the Sea
4. Blink of an Eye
5. Empty Planet
6. Lost and Foolish
7. Calling for the Moon
8. Toccata in D Minor
9. Goin' Down
10. Walkin' the Talk-vox
11. The Holy Grail
12. Auf Wiedersehen


Guitar: Iain Ashley Hersey
Vocals: Graham Bonnet, David 'Swan' Montgomery, Randy Williams, Carsten 'Lizard' Shulz
Drums: Tony Medeiros
Bass: Dave Sutton, Paulo Gustavo, Iain Ashley Hersey
Keys: Phillip Wolfe, Harlan Spector, Jim Austin, IAH

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