VOODOO CIRCLE – Whisky Fingers (2015)
VOODOO CIRCLE, the super-group that consists of extraordinary Primal Fear guitarist Alex Beyrodt, the voice of Pink Cream 69 and many others David Readman, talented Mat Sinner plus the two newest members in the form of the ‘mighty’ Alessandro del Vecchio (Lionville) and drummer Francesco Jovino (Primal Fear, ex-U.D.O.) is finally back with album number four and probably the band’s best record to date: “Whisky Fingers“.
I’ll admit that while listening to Voodoo Circle, I sometimes forget it’s them and think I’m hearing the new Whitesnake album, and that’s not a bad thing in my book. Although Alex Beyrodt plays a guitar style that’s reminiscent of John Sykes and David Readman often sounds like a dead ringer for David Coverdale, what’s not to like about that?
If you like your classic ’80s style hard rock, you should really enjoy this new Voodoo Circle release. It certainly feels like it could have been released during that time frame.
My favorite tracks overall are “Trapped In Paradise” which is also the first single, where Alesandro Del Vecchio duet on vocals with Readman (and he owns a powerfil one), the catchy “Heartbreaking Woman,” the hard hitting “Medicine Man” (perhaps the absolute highlight) and the rolling “Devil Takes Me Down.”
But, honestly, I enjoy the whole album, there’s not a weak track here. There’s a bluesy feel throughout “Whisky Fingers” and it should satisfy both the fans of great guitar playing and those who just like a nice mix of rockers and ballads.
Talking about ballads, track 5 “The Day The Walls Came Down” is awesome, with its piano and acoustic start soon joined by the unmistakable David Readman’s pipes, with a great solo midway through just like a blast from the past when hard ballads ruled the wave.
Killer album, no doubt about that. The guys here nailed it and delivered their best record to date – and one of the best classic hard rock albums appeared in recent times.
Powerful rockers, groovy mid-tempos, superb guitar lines, strong vocal performances and a fan-damn-tastic production are the juicy ingredients of “Whiskey Fingers”.
01. Trapped In Paradise
02. Heartbreaking Woman
03. Watch And Wait (I Got My Eye On You)
04. Medicine Man
05. The Day The Walls Came Down
06. Heart Of Stone
07. Straight Shooter
08. The Rhythm Of My Heart
09. Devil Takes Me Down
10. 5 O’Clock
11. Been Said And Done
David Readman – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Mat Sinner – Bass
Alessandro del Vecchio – Keyboards, Vocals
Francesco Jovino – Drums