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Melodic Round-up: March 2015

Album Review

Dave Ling on new releases from Sweet & Lynch, Ammunition, Impera, Zero Zero and Care Of Night

Sweet & Lynch: Only To Rise

The birth of Sweet & Lynch represents something of a dream team for disciples of melodic hard rock. While so many of his peers have deteriorated with age, Michael Sweet of Stryper and Boston fame retains a signature voice that’s immediately recognisable. Still sounding strong, clear and rich, he represents the perfect uplifting foil for George Lynch, the guitarist with a glittering catalogue of work that includes Dokken, Lynch Mob, T&N and, most recently, a somewhat unlikely King’s X/Korn collaboration, KXM. Bolstered by a gritty and propulsive rhythm section – bassist James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth, White Lion, David Lee Roth and Ozzy Osbourne) and sometime Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy – Sweet & Lynch have crafted an album of groove, integrity and no little hummability. Eschewing Stryper’s religious fixation, tunes like Hero-Zero are more inspired by everyday life. September is a fine song, along with Dying Rose, Me Without You and the YouTube track The Wish. If you’re a fan of these two guys, you’ll probably dig them in cahoots. (8/10)


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