Sidewinder - 'Sidewinder' (Cactus Curtain Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Ross Welford   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 03:40

sidewindercoverWithout even looking at their promo blurb, I'n here to tell you that this lot don't think that the '90s ever happened... and lo and behold, this was originally released in 1989 and is a remastered reissue. I've never heard of them and quite frankly that's a shame because this is a pretty damn immense album - despite the fact they strangely call themselves Progressive Rock?


10 tracks of straight ahead rock and metal that puts to shame more than a handful of established bands' work. Founded in '84 in Texas, USA, the band are without doubt influenced by a broad spectrum of bands that filtered through the '60s to the '80s, including everyone (I'd imagine) from Maiden to Kansas to Cheap Trick to Y&T and beyond - and I don't say those bands names lightly. They're fans of April Wine, Triumph and Montrose! C'mon, you already know they've got great taste...


David Valdez seamlessly shreds on the fretboard, never once overtaking the song - just merely enhancing an already catchy, classic rock sound. 'Flying High', 'Cruisin' On The Levee' and the VERY '80s sounding 'Breakaway' are highlights for me but this seems to change with every listen.


If you like your metal and rock from the '80s and think unquestionably that it was the best decade for music, you'll really enjoy this band and this album.


Can I say unnoticed classic?