|Pink Cream 69 - ‘Ceremonial’ (Frontiers Records)|
|Written by Jim Rowland|
|Saturday, 26 January 2013 04:00|
German melodic metal merchants Pink Cream 69’s studio output has slowed considerably in recent years, with this new album being only their third in the twelve years that have followed 2001’s ‘Endangered’. When you consider they knocked out a stonking eight albums in the first twelve years of their career prior to that, they certainly seem to be taking a bit more time over their records these days. ‘Ceremonial’ is their first in five years, but has all that extra care and attention delivered something worth waiting for?
Well for me this album is a mixed bag. The impressive ‘Land Of Confusion’ is a powerful, mean and moody opener, with vocalist David Readman sounding quite a lot like Graham Bonnet on this one. ‘Wasted Years’ and ‘Right From Wrong’ show that the guys can knock out some seriously catchy tunes with big choruses, and ‘Big Machine’ also shows they’ve got some pretty tasty riffs up their sleeves too. ‘I Came To Rock’ is a decent chunk of good old up tempo heavy metal, showing that these guys are still here to, well, rock, and ‘Superman’ is a good slice of blues-tinged hard rock in the vein of Whitesnake.
On the other hand though, there are too many bog standard solid but unspectacular melodic metal tunes like ‘Find Your Soul’, ‘The Tide’ and ‘King For A Day’ that do little to differentiate Pink Cream 69 from the mire of countless other melodic metal acts out there right now, making ‘Ceremonial’ a little inconsistent for me. However the production is good, the rock is heavy and the guitar work shines in places.
‘Ceremonial’ then is a solid effort that I’m sure will appeal to melodic rock junkies and the Pink Cream 69 faithful, but it’s not necessarily a ceremony I’ll be getting dressed up for in the near future.