Hercules - 'Rockwaves' (MM Productions) Print E-mail
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Written by Craggy   
Sunday, 03 July 2011 05:00

Herculesrockwaves1'Straight Ahead' is the opening track of Hercules' brand new album Rockwaves, and "straight ahead" is how they go about their business. The boogie-based rock 'n' roll of Hercules emerged in Norway in 1998, and they have continually pursued the classic sound ever since.


'Rockwaves' follows the albums 'Checkin' In' (2001) and 'Licence To Rock' (2005), and is a seminar in Norwegian Status Quo cloning. The classic boogie riffs coupled together with layered vocal harmonies could not be associated with anything else. The opener sets this standard, and this is repeated consistently throughout the set, rarely divulging from big, accomplished foot-tapping standards.


On the odd occasion the sound does vary somewhat and diverges in to other areas of classic rock, for example with 'Sad Old Joke', but it does not often throw up any real surprises. This is an album staying true to the classic sound, and it does it with a clear perfection that will have any self respecting Quo fan reaching for their air guitars and brushing their comb-over back in to their tail. This collection of material is catchy and the production is of high quality, placing the band right up there with their respected predecessors.


Hercules have done well for themselves in their native land, and have shared stages with The Quireboys and Nazareth among many others. They are a band that can rock with the best of their influences, so if this is your bag then I highly recommend you find out how the Norwegians do it.