On disc: Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
We Are Volsung
(SPV - 2010)
Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction are back with We Are Volsung. Mark Manning aka Zodiac Mindwarp founded the band back in the 80's. With Prime Mover they had a video which was frequently played by MTV, but also Back Seat Education was a hit for the British. At some point they kinda disappeared, but now they are back with a new album and soon they will hit the road.
We Are Volsung is their new album and half of the album has a concept based on Norsk mythology. The rest is sleazy hard rock tunes in the Mindwarp way. Mr. Mindwarp has a new rhythm section - The Cat on drums and Jack Shitt on bass. They kick off with Stark von oben, a song which combines biker rock with Alice Cooper sounds. It's not such a big surprise as Mr. Mindwarp co-wrote Alice Cooper's Feed My Frankenstein which ZMATLR also release in their own way. At the title track We Are Volsung guitarist Cobalt Stargazer is letting loose some heavy riffs. These days Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction are more metal then in their past, but they still have catchy refrains which invite you to sing along. You can easily imagine how they rock the stage and everyone singing along. White Thrash sticks out a bit, same but different. A dirty rocker which gives everybody the chance to solo for a moment, but it's the catchy refrain which you won't forget soon. Lucille has nothing in common with the Little Richard tune, but is a true Mindwarp tune. The closer Kill Your Mocking Bird is a slow rocker with a dash of Southern rock, perhaps a bit too long and repetitive... But it shows a different facet.
One of the hits is Die Pretty. Quite heavy and also quite 80's, but lots of fun. Key To Your Heart is the Prime Mover of We Are Volsung! Check it out!
Weapons Of Mass Destruction
(Cosmosodomistic Rec. - 2004)
The Brits Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction had some hits in the mid-/late-80's and then kinda vanished in the mid-90's. In 2002 they returned with I Am Rock. Perhaps they realized that rock is back and thought they can be part of this development.... Now they present a live album called Weapons Of Mass Destruction which was recorded in Gothenburg at Sticky Fingers.
The sound is very authentic and you get the feel to be at Sticky Fingers - but actually the rock'n'roll they play has to sound raw and dirty. Songs like Holy Gasoline and Backseat Education are cool, but I miss e.g. Prime Mover. Solid played songs... And fans of the band will be happy to get this live album, but in my opinion it's not a must-have... and not an essential live album. Btw, the Thin Lizzy cover The Rocker is the final track of the show.
If you like the band, get yourself a copy. If you get this one as a bargain, not a bad choice.
High Priest Of Love
Fucked By Rock
I A.m. Rock
The Evil Drives
Prioritize To move