Released: 2012, SPV
I always really admire veteran bands that continue to write and record music. It’s obvious the guys in the band do it for the love of music and UFO has stayed true to their muse for many years now. UFO is certainly more productive than their contemporaries (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin etc) and have just released their 21st studio album, SEVEN DEADLY.
It’s nice to see the bands longevity and perseverance rewarded as SEVEN DEADLY actually re-entered the UK charts with their highest placement since 1983. It’s well deserved because even after all these years the band can write and record an excellent slab of Hard Rock. Originally titled, ‘Last Of The Bone Riders’ the album title was dropped after some initial criticism suggesting it sounded too much like the title of a porno movie!
SEVEN DEADLY is one of the bands faster and heavier albums in some time. Let’s clarify the term ‘heavy’. It’s not heavy compared to most of the material on this site but in relation to bands of their era and style, and their own catalogue, it’s quite a barnburner. Check out the cowbell attack on the opening track ‘Fight night’ and the fiery, speedy follow-up ‘Wonderland’. Those two cuts are a nice one-two punch to kick off the album.
The rest of the album delivers the rocking goods, with no major changes or surprises. The line-up is intact for years now and the band still sits perfectly on the SPV label. UFO deliver another 10 songs, 45 minutes of excellent Hard rock, nothing more nothing less. If it is not broke, don’t fix it. Speaking of being broken, Pete Way is still out of commission but the band soldiers on. The arrangements are simple yet effective, laced with little hints of harmonica or perhaps acoustic guitar. The riffs keep the party moving on and at a steady pace, never frantic, just rocking.
Phil Moog’s, timeless world-weary vocals and lyrics evoke images of exotic places and exotic women that only a dogged band of road warriors like these can deliver with sincerity. Andy Parker always consistent and reliable lays down the groove effectively. Vinnie Moore has an absolutely stunning solo spot on a track now safely re-titled, ‘Last Of The Stone Riders’. His solo on the final cut ‘Waving Goodbye’ is also magnificent. The band is firing comfortably on all cylinders, almost on cruise control, top-down in a vintage roadster cruising down the rock ‘n’ roll highway with nothing to prove. SEVEN DEADLY is an album for the loyal, the faithful and perhaps has the added benefit of attracting a few more fans with the increased fire in the belly.