The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world




MAY 23 2014



After a highly successful debut album in 2011, hailed by fans and critics alike, Captain Black Beard is back with that ‘difficult second album’ – ‘Before Plastic’.


To be honest initially this just sounds ‘OK’ with opening track (featuring a Bruce Kulick solo) pretty standard fare, not bad, but certainly not spectacular, melodic modern hard rock. ‘Somebody’ that follows it may be a change of pace, and explore a lighter more AOR sound, but again it’s good, but nothing to get too excited about.


Three in, and ‘New York City’ ups the pace and things start to look up and the shackles seem suddenly off before ‘Bad Girl’ takes the edge off again with a plodding ballad, that’s just a little too subdued to really set things alight.


The biggest moments come next, because despite the relative quality of the opening there’s little really that prepares you for the brilliance you find in the meat of the album. ‘Music Man’ brings a little of the Blues into proceedings and it was all we needed, the added texture sets off some amazing harmonies, in a cool song.


Next though is the killer blow: ‘Aiming For Love’ has the sort of chorus you can’t see the top of (it’s that big!) – It’s a melodic rock monster of a song that stands out in the street crying ‘this is the single’ at the top of its voice. It also has a ballsy guitar sound for a little extra kick. The other side of the sandwich again has a bluesy kick to it, built around some great vocals and a nice riff.  


The only song here to rival ‘Aiming For Love’ comes next in ‘Shout’ which opens with tribal drumming, funky bass and wailing distant guitars. Then the riff crashes in – it’s the other classic here, a little off centre maybe, but cool as hell.


Taking us out the anthemic ‘Life’s What You Make It’ kicks up a storm and a great groove, and continues that great guitar sound of the bluesier numbers; ‘Taking You Out’ adds more oomph and rocks considerably in its own right. All that’s left is closer ‘Listen Up’ a ballad with some great guitar dripping from it, and replete with a great change of pace between verse and chorus.


This is Melodic Hard Rock of great quality that still somehow manages to sound individual. Highly recommended.



by Mark Diggins