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Merryweather Stark - 2018 Carved In Rock

ARTIST: Merryweather Stark
ALBUM: Carved In Rock
SERIAL: GMRCD0001715 (also available in gate-fold vinyl)
YEAR: 2018


LINEUP: Neil Merryweather - vocals, bass * Janne Stark - guitars, bass * Peter Svensson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Irma La Douce * 02 It Ain't Pretty * 03 We Got To Own This Thing * 04 Babylon - Sin City * 05 Give 'Em Hell Boy * 06 Rockers Lament * 07 Love And War * 08 Lay Your Body Down * 09 Freedom To Love * 10 What's It Gonne Be * 11 I Believe


WEBLINKS: FB Page Janne Stark | FB Page Neil Merryweather

The pairing of American bass playing legend Neil Merryweather and Swedish guitarist Janne Stark came about due to Neil's participation on a recent Mountain Of Power record. MoP is one of Janne's musical projects, and he wanted to include two of Neil's songs from his 70's LP 'Kryptonite'. One thing led to another, with Neil providing vocals to that album, which ultimately morphed into Merryweather Stark. The duo, signed to Swedish label GMR Music saw the debut 'Carved in Rock' released at the end of January 2018, and is big riff-laden non-nonsense affair which combines elements from the 70's, 80's and more recent times too.

Merryweather has an extensive recording history. His involvement includes such names as Mama Lion, Heavy Cruiser, Eyes, Lita Ford, Steve Miller, Randy California, Hundred Watt Head and of course under his own name, such as the classic 'Kryptonite' and 'Space Rangers' albums. Stark is well known on the Swedish circuit, with his involvement including acts such as: Overdrive, Grand Design, Constancia, Locomotive Breath, BALLS and the aforementioned Mountain of Power.

The Songs
As to be expected, this is a big boisterous slab of heavy rock with a slight bluesy tinge. The album lives in a 70's fat bottomed groove with tough riffs and funky rhythms for friends. No better example than the thick as thieves rocker 'It Ain't Pretty', which lays the platform. 'Give 'Em Hell Boy' is another to wear its attitude on the Merryweather Stark sleeve. The boys pick up the face on the short but cheeky 'Rockers Lament', while 'Love And War' and 'Freedom To Love' feature thick crunchy clusters of guitar riffs, even more so than your morning toasted muesli. For something different, 'What's It Gonne Be' heads into funk rock territory, but overall, that thick groove is still very much apparent.

In Summary
There's a lot to like here, but as far as the GDM audience is concerned, this is not our usual fare, but I'm ok with that. A few of us are FB friends with Janne and it's good to keep tabs with what he's working on. His next assignment is material for the new Grand Design album. Keep your eyes and ears tuned.

Merryweather Stark - 2018 Freedom To Love

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