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Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Running Games (Review)

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Joel Hoekstra's 13 - Running Games (Review)


Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra’s new album is a hard-rocking effort that will take you back to the days when classic bands like Rainbow, Dio, and yes, Whitesnake ruled the airwaves. It’s great to hear vocalist Russell Allen belt out great songs like Finish Line, I’m Gonna Lose It, Hard To Say Goodbye, Heart Attack, and Fantasy. The combination of Allen’s excellent vocals and Hoekstra’s incendiary guitar licks make this album sound pretty epic. With albums like this one, Joel Hoekstra gets the chance to strut his stuff and he doesn’t miss a beat. Bluesy at times and technically proficient throughout, Hoekstra shows why he’s been in some of the best bands around. Running Games has a little bit of everything with heavy rockers, soulful ballads and the title track has a nice jazzy feel to it. For fans of the classic hard rock and metal sound, like myself, Running Games is pure gold. Be sure and check this one out when it releases on February 12, 2021.

Finish Line
I’m Gonna Lose It
Hard To Say Goodbye
How Do You
Heart Attack
Lonely Days
Reach The Sky
Cried Enough For You
Take What’s Mine
Running Games

12. Lay Down Your Love (Bonus Track – Digital)

Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake/Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – guitars
Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) – lead vocals, backing vocals
Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, DIO) – drums
Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm, Blue Murder) – bass
Derek Sherinian (Sons Of Apollo, Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) – keyboards
Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Appollo, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – backing vocals

Special Guests:
Lenny Castro (TOTO) – percussion
Chloe Lowery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – backing vocals
Dave Eggar (Evanescence, Coldplay) – cello
Katie Kresek (Adele, Five For Fighting) – violin, viola

About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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