Rob Carlton – Seven Thunders
Album: Seven Thunders
Artist: Rob Carlton
Who was the idiot who said that music, in order to be music, needed lyrics? Definitely a jerk who doesn’t know what he/she’s talking about. Great bands have managed to thrill, shock us, change the story without saying a word in their songs, because after all, beyond the message, the sound is what affects us, sound is what heals us.
The guitar hero, Rob Carlton, brings us his latest album Seven Thunders. Without being pretentious, focusing more on creating great harmonies, something powerful, aggressive, thunderous….without making our ears bleed, he rather gives us an eargasm. “Thunder Seven,” “Reconcile, ” and “I Know What It Feels Like” are fun, entertaining, brutal, powerful, mind/butt/and-so-many-things-I-can’t-say blowing. The riffs are just perfect. The guitar solos add some epic, effusive elements to the tracks. These things can be well appreciated in the rest of the album. Drums and bass lines are perfectly able to follow Mr. Carlton without being overshadowed. In the end, all I can say is that Rob achieved excellence. We have blues, psychedelia, metal, pop but mostly rock n ‘roll. There are so many guitarist who we can compare this man to, such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani but I think when it comes down to it, Rob Carlton is Rob Carlton. “Circles” leaves aside the electric guitar distortions for an acoustic guitar, catchy and simple chords. Proving us there’s no need in order to be an awesome guitarist to complicate our lives. But sure, in the end, that’s up to each individual…The album closes with a bang with “Unfinished Business,” a much more “cheerful,” fun, and entertaining track. Riffs are repeated again and again without being exhausting but instead have the opposite effect.
In conclusion, mark my words: This man can become a legend. One adjective that might describe this record would be “humble,” considering that, undoubtedly, it’s just pure rock n roll. One of the best albums you’ll probably hear in your entire life, especially if the music industry continues as it is now.
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Review by RJ Frometa edited by Marion Lougheed and Drew Blackwell (UK)