A limited edition stop-gap release of 500 CDs and 300 red vinyl LPs sees Goldblade re-interpret many of their most famous songs in an acoustic style. Why an acoustic style, because they’ve been turning up unannounced and playing guerrilla style acoustic shows, which the band and the audience have much enjoyed.
However, they haven’t just made them acoustic versions, they’ve tried to re-create them into something more interesting, their most popular song ‘Strictly Hardcore’ has been slowed right down and has a near country music feel, ‘Rebel Songs’ with the hand claps is amusing, ,My Mind Is Like An Atom Bomb’ is faster than ever with John Robb’s raw vocals really giving the song a sense of gritty urgency, ‘Do U Believe In The Power Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ has a strong middle-eastern influence – few bands would take that sort of risk with one of their songs. The last two on the albums are the strangest, a version of ‘Psycho’ that sounds like it was recorded on a Casio and an industrial remix of ‘The Shaman Are Coming’. Strange end to the release.
It’s an interesting release, but not a recommended introduction to the band, one for the hardcore fans only. 7/10