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Genre: Hard Rock / Metal
Label: Frontiers Music Srl.
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Reviewed by: Madz Lenthall
5-piece melodic rockers Bigfoot emerged from Wigan, UK in 2014 and since then have been making their mark in the music scene. I first caught these guys live 2 years ago at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales, UK. They clearly showed promise and after releasing 2 EPs, the time has finally come for the guys to deliver their self-titled debut album.
The 11-track album released on Frontiers Records, features some wonderfully chunky, dual guitar riffing from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh along with a glorious blend of melody throughout.
Opener Karma, leaps to life with a heavy, industrial riff before exploding into a tuneful chorus. Most albums come with a ballad and this one has two. Forever Alone sees singer Antony Ellis deliver some glorious vocals, reminiscent of Steve Perry particularly at the beginning. It builds beautifully and includes a haunting guitar solo from Millar which I feel really makes the song. A well-crafted track – one of my favorites.
Something which really impressed me is the variety of sounds and styles which the guys create. The songs range from heavy but melodic rock tunes, to powerful ballads and even a brief touch of Reggae in ‘I Dare You’ (sounds mad I know, but it really works!). Clever tempo changes throughout also help to create an album which is full of depth, making it interesting to listen to throughout.
Tell Me A Lie, another stand-out track with its catchy sing-along chorus and fast paced guitar has a fun melody and I can hear traces of Tyketto in places (no complaints from me on that note!). The Fear, with its more staccato rhythm is another well-honed song. The album closes with Yours, an anthemic power ballad which just grows and grows into an eight-minute epic.
From start to finish the rhythm section drives the songs forwards, whilst both guitarists complement each other providing often a fast paced melodic, chunky hard rock sound with soaring solos. Ellis showcases an impressive vocal range throughout the record, going from the deep soulful intro of Forever Alone to a grittier delivery on the rockers.
The band say they are influenced by everything from Pantera and Guns N Roses, to The Eagles and this mix can certainly be heard throughout the album. To my ears the record gives a nod to bands such as TEN, Tyketto/Danny Vaughn and Lionville.
Bigfoot have certainly stamped their mark with their debut album. It is a well-produced record with depth and variation, of which the band should be proud. If the sound of a modern rock band playing classic hard rock appeals, this is one for you. A monster!
03.Tell Me A Lie
05.Eat Your Words
06.Prisoner Of War
08.I Dare You
09.The Devil In Me
Antony Ellis – Lead Vocals
Sam Millar – Guitar
Mick McCullagh – Guitar
Matt Avery – Bass
Tom Aspinall – Drums