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MAZZ XT - AT THE BRINK OF ETERNITY - ALBUM REVIEW

Self-Released available vis Bandcamp and CD Baby | Release Date: November 30th 2015

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Here’s a blast from the past for anyone who was around the Sydney Hard Rock scene in the 80’s and early 90’s – Scott Ginn who used to be in bands like Boss and Rags ‘n’ Riches is just about to release his first new album in 20 years and it really is something a bit special.


There’s a hard meaty bluesy riff to start proceedings and some great melodic vocals and nice hook on ‘Spellbound’ it’s a song that sets the template for some really accomplished and soulful hard rock. Best of all perhaps though is the consistency; the heavier tone of ‘Lightning Strikes Again’ takes you right up to date whilst retaining a real flavor of classic hard rock.


‘Let’s Have a Party’ and ‘That’s the Way we rock’ both up the tempo nicely and ride a nice old school hard rock groove, making them both bankers; whilst ‘When Ancients Ruled the World’ takes the foot off the pedal and adds all the right moves to what turns out to be a rather fine Prog-tinged journey.


There’s a lot to like about the Mazz XT Project, but the real feel you get is one of reflection, this sounds like music made by someone who loves what they are doing and has had plenty of time to both get the balance just right and hone the songs to the point where they make a real album not just another collection of songs.


Elsewhere on the album there’s a mild Sabbath lilt to ‘In This Jungle’; a quirkiness and light funk to ‘I’m on the Inside’; and an influx of synths and real nice groove and bassline to ‘At the Brink of Eternity’ (Love the solo too).


Some of the best is saved till last though with ‘Devil in Disguise’ opens with a huge swagger and kick as big as the opener making it one of our top picks; ‘Too Hot Honey’ adds a more traditional hard rock stomp and starts the real party, setting you up for the next spin. It’s the sort of record you’ll be playing again and again.   

 

Welcome back!

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

 


 

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