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The Record Vault – The Almighty

The Hot Metal magazine in Australia did a stellar review of the album which got me interested and the cover art was enough to get me to pick it up and stare it for a while, while the track titles sealed the deal.

Ricky Warwick is now the front man of Black Star Riders, but once upon a time he was the front man for a very underrated band called “The Almighty” who are from Scotland. “Soul Destruction” is the second studio album released by Polydor Records. 

“Crucify” kicks the album off with a double kick drum intro which brings back memories of “Overkill” from Motorhead.  Ricky Warwick vocally brings his Brian Johnson style instead of his Phil Lynott voice.

“Free ‘N’ Easy” is one of their best tracks. It should have been the catch cry of the Napster generation with the lyric line, “Everything is so free and easy, everything is so free and wild”.

“Joy Bang One Time” has a riff that reminds of “Psycho Love” from Skid Row, merged with “Welcome To The Jungle” and “My Michelle” from “Appetite For Destruction” and the song is telling you to lose your mind for that joy bang one time. 

“Love Religion” has this swampy delta blues riff to kick it off, which i dig.

“Friends won’t answer your phone call” kicks off the “Bandaged Knees” chorus and at 6 minutes long, it’s not a radio friendly tune, but it got more heart and soul and rock and roll attitude than anything that was doing the charts.

“Little Lost Sometimes” is like “Hey Jude” merged with “Let It Be” merged with “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. And at track 8, this seven minute song is buried deep in the album. Press play and allow yourself to get a little lost sometimes.

“Devil’s Toy” is a classic Warwick cut, with “Love, only love, love is the devils toy” being the catch cry.

The song “Soul Destruction” never made it to the album, but there is a demo on YouTube which is raw, full of attitude and the rock and roll spirit. Crank it.

 

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4 thoughts on “The Record Vault – The Almighty

  1. Saw these guys supporting Maiden once. Good live band. Know a lot of these songs but I only ever owned Powertrippin’. Devil’s Toy is a great track… first one of theirs I ever heard actually.

    • Hey HMO I heard Powertrippin many years after it came out. I don’t know, it didn’t grab me. And hiring Pete Friesen as the guitarist was interesting because he didn’t really play on the Alice Cooper albums and wasn’t really involved in the songwriting so I wasn’t sure what kind of addition they tried to make.

      • That was the only one I owned but I didn’t rate it much… probably why I never bought anything else of theirs. It was great for the first few songs and then just got samey. They were getting into the heavy Drop-D kinda stuff if I remember. It did have a bonus cassette of a Donington show and that was the best thing about it. Don’t own any of their stuff now. I just remember Friesen being a good live guitarist… not sure how much an improvement he was on the predecessor.

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