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CD DENNERS TRICKBAG REVIEW

DENNERS TRICKBAG

DENNERS TRICKBAG

2013

 

 

A RAMBLE THROUGH 70'S HEAVY PROG

 

 

Opening with an instrumental track ‘Ethiopia’ that sounds like the soundtrack to a seventies documentary about anything but Ethiopia didn’t immediately win me over. Now I don’t profess to know what an instrumental called Ethiopia should sound like but it’s probably not like this and just to confuse things when rather sparse vocals kick in at 2 minutes 30 you wonder if you could really call it an instrumental at all… one track in and I’m confused and that I guess is part of the charm and part of the problem here.

 

Michael Denner is probably best known by most as the guitarist for Merciful Fate and the King Diamond band and his ‘Trickbag’ came together as a desire “to create a band in the style of all the obscure heavy albums in my record collection, and to find members with the same passion for the hard and progressive rock of the 70’s”

 

Well he’s partially succeeded, and in truth Denner’s Trickbag is an enjoyable listen, initial confusion aside. And it pretty much does what it says on the tin – this is an album drenched in seventies progressive-leaning hard rock.

 

At times it’s a bit hit and miss though: ‘Wasteland’ for example is a decent enough song but feels like a  rather ‘by numbers’ 70’s Hard Rock ramble without any real conviction. But ‘Polecat Woman’ is far better, sadly it’s not  got too much support except in the form of a blistering run through Montrose’s ‘I Got the Fire’.

 

Not entirely convinced, but bears a few listens.

 

 

 

Leslie Phillips

 

CD DENNERS TRICKBAG REVIEW 2013