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Black Manalishi
April 2009
Released: 2009, Independent
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Stu Occupier

Formed in 2005 with a single intent to bring the classic rock sound of the 1970’s to a new generation, who let's face it have been bombarded with so much shouting and screaming with downtuned guitars in this pro-tools age that the idea of real musicianship has for a great deal of the time been lost.

Drawing on the legendary bands like Led Zeppelin and Free but with an American southern influence they set about the pubs and clubs and have built up a solid reputation to such an extent that an album was pretty much demanded!

Having hit play I find myself listening to a sort of Black Crowes meets The Answer kind of sound, which to be fair is what I would expect. What I didn't expect was for the third track to be a really poor funk track attempting a RHCP groove, fortunately this is the odd one out here. “Clapped Out Jimi” really kicks, it's a badass piece of southern rock that has reminded me to dig out my old Blackfoot albums. Ignore “Break Free” at all costs as it’s a really bad ballad that tries hard to be a Free track and fails. For those of you old enough to know what I'm talking about, “Snakeskin Boots” is what happens when Paul Rodgers rocks out with a guitar riff stolen from The Doors' ‘Wild Child’.

So all in all they have achieved what they set out to do, but, and for me it’s a big “But”, I don't think they have created enough to turn people on to classic rock in the same way that Airbourne and The Answer have. After playing this I was in two minds as to digging out my copy of Free’s FIRE & WATER or Arch Enemy’s recent Best-Of (I opted for the latter).
Track Listing

01. Trailblazer
02. Hard Blown Away
03. On Attack
04. In This Room
05. Clapped Out Jimi
06. Mines A Whiskey
07. Break Free
08. Snakeskin Boots
09. Down We Go
10. You’ll Ride


Carl Traynor (Bass)
Ben Egan (Drums)
Adam Ward. (Vocals)
Nathan Moore (Lead Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin)

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