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Godz, The - 2012 Last Of The Outlaws

ARTIST: Godz, The
ALBUM: Last Of The Outlaws
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: XLT-020412
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Eric Moore - bass, vocals, guitar, steel guitar * Steve DeMatteo - vocals, guitar * Vinnie Salvatore - guitar, bass, backing vocals * Scott Martin - guitar, backing vocals * Terry Evans- drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Born At The Wrong Time * 02 Last Of The Outlaws * 03 Reaction * 04 Ever Lovin' Chains * 05 Deliverance * 06 This Time * 07 Show And Tell * 08 Who's To Blame * 09 In The Wind



The Godz are a band hugely popular here at GDAZE. I'm somewhat surprised to see them back with a boost in 2012, other longtime fans with a keen ear and eye on their activities perhaps less so. Time has definitely caught up with longstanding servant Eric Moore, but he's surrounded himself with a bunch of guys far younger than himself, so new blood is always a good thing when trying to imbibe new life into an old dog legacy such as The Godz. Those familiar with this lot will have appreciated the Rock Candy reissue of their classic gonzo rocking debut from 1978, though this new set 'Last Of The Outlaws' doesn't really have a lot in common with that older material. This album straddling the classic rock fence with a dose of barroom tapping piano that is closer in style to The Boyzz though they still have the ability to rev it up when required.

The Songs
Upon first listen to 'Born At The Wrong Time', you might get the wrong impression about the material on this CD. The overly country-rocking sound with steel guitar and barroom piano is not what I expected. It's not bad but not a great opener to be honest. The vocals are pretty rough I'll admit too. Much better is the hard rockin' title track 'Last Of The Outlaws', with an abundance of organ and tight riffing. The Godz kick out the jams on the rebellious sounding 'Reaction', full of raucous energy and one of the best songs here. Slowing up for 'Ever Lovin Chains', this one is an intense burner, the riffs being kept fairly simple, and the backdrop of what sounds like a set of bagpipes adds to the unusual flavour. This could be BTO on any other occasion. It's back to the bayou with 'Deliverance', a git picking exercise with harmonica and a swampy sound straight out of Louisiana! 'This Time' is straight ahead hard rock with an opening riff that could've been nicked from Rick Springfield's 'Jessie's Girl'! Just kidding, but still, that's what came into my head when I first heard it. 'Show And Tell' is a hard rock cruncher with an AC/DC attitude but without the broken glass and woodchip vocals. For something different, The Godz turn out a nice acoustic ballad 'Who's To Blame', an unplugged candidate bar none, while the boyz turn out another rawk and roll effort on 'In The Wind', though no mention of the term 'pissin' was heard through the lyrics.. lol!

In Summary
As expected, The Godz sound great when they sailing full on into the wind. The songs onboard won't set too many hearts a flutter, but it's good to see them active and back in the groove, with a full and detailed website and Eric Moore keeping damned busy with another retrospective CD set '25 Moore Years' also released in 2012. Longtime Godz fans should celebrate that there is new material on offer. Go to their website listed above, for moore.. lol!

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#1 | sabace on August 11 2012 14:04:38
fair review- but the GODZ are far more than their lps
they are a force of life! I've been a GODZ fan since
79 and love everything they have released including the much maligned NOTHIN IS SACRED lp which is full of brilliant rock n roll albeit not the greatest production but played live is simply awesome - 50 MOORE years for Eric, anyway I'm gonna keep a runnin!
#2 | Nick C on August 12 2012 15:28:14
Haha! I agree completely with Sabace - loved the band since I got their first album alllllllll those years ago I even had to borrow the money off my mum (I was 16) so I could get it on import - it just spoke to me.
I love the new one but I'm biased, it is a real grower though nothing new as such...but it's the Godz and the Godz are rock n roll junkies.
#3 | sabace on August 12 2012 21:54:17
yea Nick C - Eric MOORE was right when he said that we would all be ROCK N ROLL MACHINES, well
two of us at least have survived!
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