Leicester formed hard rock band Chrome Molly originally appeared at the tail end of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (oft NWoBH for short) in the mid 80s. After two albums on the Powerstation label, the band moved to IRS and split after their fourth album Slaphead, issued in 1990 on Music For Nations. With high radio airplay and support slots to the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper, and a regular slot at London’s Marquee Club, the band should have been on the verge of something huge. Sadly the music industry works in mysterious ways.
They reformed in the late 00s and Hoodoo is the band’s sixth album, and nod back to their roots and influences.
From the outset there are as many guitar licks and solos as the press release alludes to, and a serious nod to the band’s influences (think Priest, Saxon, UFO, early Def Leppard) without being derivative. If the band have tried to recreate the magic of the 80s, musically there is some success there. The guitar work in ‘Can’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ is truly blistering. ‘Pillars Of Creation’ another standout, and there are some almost glam metal styled harmonies in there too.
Overall an excellent metal album with trad / classic metal leanings, heavy in guitar and production, the only let down being the vocals. 7/10
1. In The Beginning
2. Can’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
3. Some Kind Of Voodoo
4. Pillars Of Creation (Albion)
5. Now That Those Days Have Gone
7. Save Me
8. Rock For You
9. Feeling Pressurised
10. Dial ‘F’ For Freakshow