Tara Lynch – “Evil Enough” (Cargo Records)
Supporting UFO this spring will be the as of yet undiscovered talent of Tara Lynch and her ‘band’ – in this case Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Tony MacAlpine (Planet X), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol), Mark Boals (Dokken, Yngwie Malmsteen), Brent Woods (Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach, John Waite), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) and Björn Englen (Dio Disciples, Yngwie Malmsteen)!!! Quite how Lynch is managed to lure such veteran talent to her fold is impressive to say the least, although listening to this awesome release it becomes immediately clear given the magic on show here. An American multi-instrumentalist guitarist, composer, vocalist and songwriter who has studied with Steve Vai, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion), it’s pretty evident that being surrounded by such musicians has been more than an inspiration to Lynch (aka ‘Gui-Tara’), the result of which has been “Evil Enough”, composed entirely by her as well as handling all guitars – and just wait till you hear her fret board skills across the 10 tracks here! A modern heavy metal album that certainly has plenty of virtuosity, I’m pleased to say that Lynch has resisted using this as a purely instrumental showcase, instead concentrating on the songs which reflect the catchiness of skilfully blending tons of melody and hooks along with heaviness. Reflected no better than in the epic guitar tones on ‘Kringeworthy’ with plenty of soaring lead breaks, Lynch’s feminine vocals offer the perfect balance of softness and highs to the deepness of this passionate song before the shredding commences, building together for the perfect culmination. On ‘Gui-Tara Rises’, dark melodies are brought forth from Lynch’s hellish sounding axe, wailing and warbling evilly before exploding into insane virtuosity on this enjoyably fiendish instrumental, while on ‘Unbreakable’ only the chugging riffola is matched by the fiery guitar work on this fast rock n roller with its catchy singalong chorus – awesome. By all accounts an impressive talent who has been too long in the shadows, it’s now time to take notice of Tara Lynch – the stars certainly have, now will you too?