2016 release from Metalapolis Records.
David Balfour – Vocals. Ryan Balfour – Guitar. Terry McHugh – Guitar. Richie Diver – Bass. Mike Ross – Drums.
Artist location: Belfast, Ireland.
4.5 out of 5 stars rating.
Reviewed by David.
- All For One.
- The One.
- In The Night.
- Whiskey Lover.
- Beyond The Gates.
- Asylum (featuring Jakob Samuel and Kane Roberts).
- Fly Away.
Maverick’s 2014 debut album, ‘Quid Pro Quo’, was one of the year’s best debuts and you can still find it turning frequently in my player even as I add the bands newest record, ‘Big Red’, to the rotation.
2014 and ‘Quid Pro Quo’ introduced me to the band, who had previously released ‘Talk’s Cheap’, a five track EP, in 2013 that I was not aware of at the time but have since picked up. The full length debut was, and continues to be, a wonderful album that is a great throwback to the glory days of music, the 1980’s, and I was unsure of the guys being able to top that album or of them falling into the sophmore jinx. As it turns out that was completely unwarranted.
With the second record we find the band switching record labels but staying true to their heavily 80’s influenced sound which is readily apparent from the first track. The sophmore jinx not only does not apply here but these five Irish gents have actually topped that debut album and given us an album that is stronger, heavier and rocks harder then that first record. This second time around the band has delivered a near perfect album full of loud guitars, big vocals, huge melodies and killer hooks.
Like the first album, this one features some truly excellent music like the rocking opener, ‘All For One’, the kick ass ‘Mademoiselle’ and the catchy ‘Into The Night’. These guys came out with all pistons firing this time around and they have done an outstanding job yet again. They know how to write some damn catchy tunes and they returned with a hell of a great album that will make another fine addition to your collection.
Frontman David Balfour has a terrific voice and he sounds absolutely superb on the record. A real treat here is the first single from the album, ‘Asylum’, that features a guitar solo by ex-Alice Cooper axeman Kane Roberts. Also featured on the song is one of the coolest voices to ever grace the genre, Jakob Samuel of the band, The Poodles. Balfour and Samuel’s voices blend wonderfully together and they deliver what is, no surprise here, one of the best tracks of the record. Click on the link at the top of the page to see the music video.
Really the only thing I disliked about the record is the final track, ‘Fly Away’, which just failed to connect with me personally. But the other ten tracks are so strong that, as mentioned, this album soars over the debut and if these guys continue on this same path then their third album will be utterly phenomenal.
If you have heard their first album then you already know what you are in for with this one. If you have never heard them before then don’t hesitate to check them out. Two great records and a lot of excellent music await you. Awesome vocals, tremendous musicianship and catchy as hell, hook-laden melodies are found beginning to end on both albums. This band flat out rocks, and they do it so well that you can’t help but love them. Get the record and find out for yourself why I can’t say enough good about them. I am very excited to see what they have in store for us next.
‘All For One’.
‘In The Night’.
‘Whiskey Lover’. ‘