Glyder is back with their 4th album which is called Backroads To Byzantium. The band started in about 6 years ago, but after 3 albums they disbanded due to financial strains and frustration about the music biz. Earlier this year Bat Kinane reunited Glyder, but with some new faces in the band. Singer Jackie Robinson lives in Belfast, so modern technology united them during the writing process.
The kick off with Chronical Deceit, a bluesy, guitar-based rocker. On their debut the Thin Lizzy influences were audible, at the opener you hear some references to 70's rock, but that's it. They speed up for Long Gone, a guitar-driven tune which shows that Glyder more and more develop their own identity. For Fade To Dust they did a video for this one, see yourself!
One of my favorites is Even If I Don't Know Where I'm Gone Go, a mid-paced rocker which revives the 70's and shows a different facet of singer Jackie Robinson. More Americanized sounds Don't Make Their Mistake - very cool tune. And very catchy. A melancholy balladesque rocker is Down & Out, the song offers different sounds - and will surprise some rock fans. At Something She Knows the guitar has a slight Steve Miller touch, a fun tune which spreads a good vibe and will brighten your day. One of the highlights for me. But songs like Two Wrongs, End Of The Line and the closer Motions On Time keep the level. Sure, everybody would pick different songs as their favorites, that's the way it is, but one thing's for sure, there aren't any filler. And I'm glad that Glyder is back!
The boys are back in town! I'm not talking about some Thin Lizzy re-union band or a cover band, Glyder is an Irish rock band which sounds a lot like Thin Lizzy. But they aren't just Thin Lizzy clones! The youngsters sound like a re-incarnation of Phil Lynott's band - and Phil's mother Philomena Lynott says about them: "Absolutely brilliant!"
The foursome opens up with Colour Of Money which shows that singer / bassist Tony Cullen and his mates can really play. Producer Chris Tsangerides did a great job here - and he knows how Thin Lizzy sounded as he produced them as well as he produced Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Helloween, Overkill, Rock Goddess and many more.
The CD has 10 tracks and its just fun to listen to them. You want to know which songs you can check out? Every single song! This is classy hard rock and even if it sounds like 'simple' hard rock it's more enjoyable then many other albums these days. The Irish have the courage to record an album of 70's / 80's hard rock, old-fashioned and fresh sounding. Some might say that there is no need for a band like Glyder, but I bet there are a lot of Thin Lizzy fans who wished that Phil Lynott would have left us more of his great music. Well, he hadn't, but perhaps the songs would have sound like this...
Everybody who enjoys good bluesy hard rock should listen to Glyder! If you want to risk to get addicted to Glyder, then listen to Stargazer and it will spin for days! And to get the full dose of Glyder see them touring with Thunder!