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Apollo – ‘Waterdevils’

posted 13 Jan 2017, 09:50 by Paul Woodward

(Escape Music)

Review By Woody

Waterdevils is the debut solo album from former Firewind frontman Apollo, given the decades of work and experience this man has it is quite surprising this is his first solo album. It’s also clear that this album is very much a body of work very close to his heart because it really does feel like a loving ode to classic rock which is clearly a genre of music he loves.

Before I heard the album, I had assumed it would be metallic in the vein of Firewind, it’s not, Waterdevils is an unadulterated traditional classic rock album. There are a few modern twists in there but in the main it is an affectionate throwback to the golden era of classic hard rock.

Although it’s clear a lot of blood, sweat and tears were thrown into the creation of these songs I’m sad to say it didn’t really make an impression on me. It’s not bad or poorly performed, it’s just very average and to my ears nothing special. I think fans of traditional sounding classic rock may enjoy the album far more than myself. The songs are obviously crafted and performed by people with a passion for the genre which I think classic rock fans will recognise and connect with. I can appreciate the top-quality musicianship and talent on display but the songs themselves fail to stick with me.

I’d point classic rock fans checking out the album in the direction of ‘Buried in A Flame’, ‘Power’ which probably has the strongest chorus, the smoother and slightly melodic ‘Crossing the Lines’ and the most accessible track ‘Through The Fire’ which has a big identifiable chorus.

It has the swagger, the chunky blues infused guitar riffs and the raspy deep blue’s vocals that will appeal to genre fans. Oh, and shit ton of Hammond organ! Waterdevils is an affectionate tribute to seventies style hard rock but it’s not an album that stands out or set the world on fire. 

Track Listing: Revolution for the Brave / Liberate Yourself / Buried In A Flame / Safe and Sound / Fallen Endlessly / Crossing the Lines / Power / Rise Up / I Need Rock N Roll / Chasing Shadows / Through The Fire / Stop

Album Rating: 5/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Through The Fire