Gary Dranow and his band of merry men are back with a new single, The Cry Of War, which is from his upcoming double album Never Give Up and was released on 28/09/2023. The track is inspired by the Ukrainian peoples fight against tyranny and the right for self-governance, and combines roaring guitars, pounding drums, and soaring vocals.
A hard rock classic, this track features heavy, stomping riffs right from the start and this sets the tone for the rest of the track. Influenced by bands such as Counting Crows, The Verve, Oasis, Train, and Bryan Adams, this track really does have elements of all sorts of genres showing through and this really creates a great vibe to the track.
I have reviewed lots of music by Gary Dranow and the various incarnations of his band, and this is by far the heaviest track I have heard, all the instruments working in unison to generate some interesting hooks and melodies. The guitar work is absolutely fantastic, from the riffage to the solos that really are spine-tingling, and the drumming is out of this world, hammering and thumping, the drummer certainly knows how to strike those skins!
The vocals are classic in style, powerful enough to get the message of the lyrics across sincerely and effectively, and gritty enough to really an edge to the track. And with backup vocals that match the leads in every way, there really is a brilliant depth and dimension to the song.
Another brilliant track from this very talented bunch of guys. Keep them coming, they just get better and better. Absolutely fantastic track with a very important message to spread, and there is no better way to spread crucial points than with music!
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