Howard Gripp and Stinger, Walk away (Statue)

Kicking off in excellent Mudhoney-meets-metal style with "Forever lost" and following up with a punchy, edgy "Walk away", the initial signs are good for Howard Gripp. Sadly, from the promising start, things slide downhill fast as we move into commercial rock territory; the requisite fretboard dexterity, the correct number of power-ballads, the ballsy-but-restrained blues-rockers, all are here. Which, if you like that sort of thing is great because they're executed with great skill and are certainly a cut above the average. However, given the first two tracks, HG could do a lot better than this and hopefully, with the next record, he will.
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