Voodoo Circle – “Whisky Fingers” (AFM Records)
If you’re a classic rock fan who melts at the sound of Deep Purple or Whitesnake, then Voodoo Circle are the ‘super group’ (well, they aren’t but they sure play like one!) who will keep you coming back for more! Founded by Silent Force guitarist Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Sinner), Voodoo Circle is made up of the all star line up of vocalist David Readman (Pink Cream 69), bassist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner and Silent Force), keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline) and now new drummer Francesco Jovino (Primal Fear, ex-U.D.O.). Put together it’s already a fearsome body of talent but wait till you hear the music man, cos its got high class rock etched all over its grooves and sweating out’ve every pore from this steaming band! David Readman is the younger lion to man beast David Coverdale, resonating sexiness in his soulful croons but equally plenty of bare chested machismo roars that will melt a million hearts and still get you air punching. Undoubtedly, his confidence comes from having two rock giants standing beside him in the virtousic Beyrodt and the legendary Mat Sinner, both composing gods whose song orientated playing commendably comes first before their own musical ambitions, resulting in powerfully passionate songs like ‘The Day The Walls Came Down’, or the sultry Hammond driven blues rock of ‘Straight Shooter’ where Del Vecchio gets to shine his keyboards, not to mention his backing vocal harmonies, and not in the least, his sound engineering skills so no prizes for guessing who mixed and mastered this baby! Newboy Jovino gets to put those arm muscles to good use on the fast Purple rocker of ‘Devil Takes Me Down’, skilfully adding complementing power to Beyrodt’s wailing Blackmore-esque solos and Del Vecchio‘s own organ inducing orgasms – honestly, it’s really that good! With the band receiving increasing critical acclaim and now getting out more on the road in between their other commitments, I hope we get to see even more of Voodoo Circle’s magic this year, cos they certainly have mojo aplenty!