SCREAMING EAGLES – Stand Up And Be Counted (2015)
SCREAMING EAGLES -sometimes abbreviated to Screagles- the hard rock band from Northern Ireland released a stupendous debut two years ago (presented here on the blog) receiving critical acclaim and really good success on both sides of the Atlantic ocean and Australia.
The highly anticipated follow-up to the Screaming Eagles barnstorming debut, to be released soon, does not disappoint.
It should also come as no surprise to anyone that the new CD, entitled “Stand Up And Be Counted“, picks up where their debut left off. After all, these Irish rockers set out their stall in considerable style.
In the world of hard rock, originality is not particularly prized. The real treasure lies in forging a fistful of hard rocking songs and turning them into glorious, mind-blowing, max-volume gold. It’s harder than it sounds, but these lads have it down.
Much like their debut, this album is still very riff based with plenty of guitar solos, heavy bass line and pure drums. Delivering cheap thrills with no questions asked, ‘Stand Up And Be Counted’ is an exuberant celebration of youthful verve, vitality and, inevitably, rebellion.
This 10-track baby is loaded with excellent fist pumping, foot stomping, head banging tracks on here, such as, “Ready For The Fall”, the lead off single “Save Me”, the title track, the funked-up swagger of “Chase You Down”, and the ridiculously catchy “Breakin’ All The Rules’ with some AC/DC on it.
“Bow Down To The Blues” is indeed a bluesy number and works well as a break with its midtempo pace, while the melodic groove of closer “27 Club” has lyrics talking about the many promising musicians who have died at the tender age of 27 (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison to name but a few) and hence the term ’27 Club’.
If this album doesn’t make you pound your feet on the floor, shred on the air-guitar while standing on the coffee table, or get your hands punching the air, then you’re either not alive, or from another planet. “Stand Up And Be Counted” is an album well worth getting for any Rock fan, old school, teenager or anywhere in between.
The Screaming Eagles are a real breath of fresh air in the modern music world, and particularly the Hard Rock genre, because these guys sound real, with flesh & bones.
01 – Ready For The Fall
02 – Save Me
03 – Stand Up & Be Counted
04 – Bow Down To The Blues
05 – Chase You Down
06 – Get Out While I’m Ahead
07 – Breakin’ The Rules
08 – Streets Of Gold
09 – Screaming Eagles
10 – 27 Club
Chris Fry – Vocals
Adrian McAleenan – Guitars
Ryan Lilly – Bass
Kyle Cruikshank – Drums
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