· MOUNTAIN OF POWER - VOLUME FOUR (GYR195) ·


::T R A C K S::

01. ARE YOU READY / GONNA CREEP UP ON YOU
(THIN LIZZY)
02. OVERDRIVE / DO IT UP
(RIOT)
03. SATIN PEACOCK
(LEGS DIAMOND)
04. WHEN YOUR TIME HAS COME
(BUX)
05. YOU GOT MY SOUL
(DIRTY TRICKS)
06. LOOKING FOR LOVE / AND IF YOU COULD SEE ME FLY
(THE BABYS)
07. HUMBLE
(BANG)
08. MAN FROM MECCA / HARD TIMES / BURNING
(SWEET)
09. SWEET WEALTH
(ROCKICKS)
10. HIT THE HARD WAY
(1994)
11. DON'T COME BACK / RIGHT OR WRONG
(WISHBONE ASH)
12. THINGS AND THOUGHTS
(DIRK STEFFENS)
13. WOMAN TAMER
(SIR LORD BALTIMORE)
14. IN MY EYES
(THREE MAN ARMY)


FORMAT: Audio CD / 6 PANEL WALLET
GYR195 - $14.99

Mega-awesome, brain-damaging fourth disc from Grooveyard Records bad-ass, heavy-duty, retro-70s heavy guitar "tribute" project from Sweden featuring Janne "Rock Machine" Stark and an amazing cast of excellent "special guest" vocalists & axerippers that truly deliver the goods on a solid mission to Keep the Rock alive. Includes 14 tracks (79 minutes) of classic, over-the-top, supreme, powerful, intense, killer, blues-based heavy guitar riffage/mojo that will kick your ass & rock your world.

On this outstanding follow-up to the previous three Mountain of Power discs, Janne Stark & Co. dig in deep on an awesome collection of killer 70s hard & heavy rock that lands bad-ass with tons of outstanding riffage and "musical brotherhood" all in the name of serious Guitar Rock. Brother Janne Stark (LOCOMOTIVE BREATH/OVERDRIVE/CONSTANCIA/BALLS/MERRYWEATHER-STARK BANDOLIER KINGS (BUDGIE TRIBUTE)/CHRIS CATENA'S ROCK CITY TRIBE/FALLING HAZARD) is a solid man of rock with an impeccable ear for the riffage that matters. The Man is a prolific unstoppable heavy guitar force who kicks serious ass & nails down this incredible guitar-heavy musical document. The MOUNTAIN OF POWER: "Volume Four" disc includes supreme, face-melting, mind-blowing, heavy, retro-70s "cover jams & medleys" complete with extended lead-guitar action by the following bands/guitarists: THIN LIZZY, RIOT, LEGS DIAMOND, BUX, DIRTY TRICKS, THE BABYS, BANG, THE SWEET, ROCKICKS, 1994, WISHBONE ASH, DIRK STEFFENS, SIR LORD BALTIMORE and THREE MAN ARMY that are all guaranteed to rock your #1 good musical jam:house into the ground. If you love awesome, classic obscure 70's heavy guitar rock; it's time to dig in deep & rock the nation, musical brothers & sisters, the MOP-V4 disc is just what the kick-ass rock n' roll doctor ordered.

The MOUNTAIN OF POWER: "Volume Four" disc features the following awesome, world-class vocalists: ROB LAMOTHE (RIVERDOGS), CARL DIXON (CONEY HATCH/THE GUESS WHO), MAGNUS EKWALL (THE QUILL), MATS LEVIN (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/CANDLEMASS/THERION/GUS G.), MATTIAS OSBACK (LOCOMOTIVE BREATH), DAVID FEFOLT (REVOLUTION HIGHWAY/MASI/FIREWOLFE/ANGELS OF BABYLON/VALHALLA/HAWK/FIFTH ANGEL), NEIL MERRYWEATHER (SPACE RANGERS/HEAVY CRUISER/MAMA LION), JOHN GARNER (SIR LORD BALTIMORE), JANI KATAJA (MANGROVE/SIDEBURN), ARETI VALANVANOPOULOU (FREEROCK SAINTS) & THEIS HENRIKSEN (FALLING HAZARD). The MOUNTAIN OF POWER: "Volume Four" disc also features many amazing, bad-ass, killer "special guest" axerippers in the form of PONTUS NORGREN (TALISMAN/HAMMERFALL/THE POODLES), MAGNUS HENRIKSSON (ECLIPSE), SOREN ANDERSEN (GLENN HUGHES/MIKE TRAMP/ELECTRIC GUITARS), ROGER ROMEO (LEGS DIAMOND), JERRY ZUBAL (ROCKICKS), HENRIK BERGQVIST (FOUR STICKS/SOUTHFORK), MARTIN J. ANDERSEN (BLINDSTONE/MERIDIAN/BLINDSIDE BLUES BAND/KUKO DE KOBRA), THEIS HENRIKSEN (FALLING HAZARD), MIKAEL NORD ANDERSSON, JIMMY RYAN (THE FLYIN' RYAN BROTHERS/TRUTH SQUAD), STAVROS PAPADOPOULOS (REVOLUTION HIGHWAY/SUPER VINTAGE/FREEROCK SAINTS/HARD DRIVER), DIRTY DAVE OSTI and even the Grooveyard Records label owner + president JOE "grOOveDaWg" ROMAGNOLA lands to jam at the big, electrified Mountain Of Power V4 heavy guitar rock party!!! Along with all these awesome axerippers, supreme MOP RIFFMASTER: JANNE STARK kicks serious lead guitar ass throughout the amazing MOUNTAIN OF POWER "Volume Four" disc. Easily his best & strongest riffage/mojo that has landed down hard to date. Digging in six string deep with the "vintage rock" mentality of recording with Les Pauls & Strats through a Marshall, Stark nails down a way-kool, legit "old school" tone-king heavy guitar rock vibe that is ALL ABOUT THE ROCK. The MOUNTAIN OF POWER "Groove Machine" is provided by PETER HERMANSSON (220 VOLT), PETER SVENSSON, JESPER PERSSON, JURI MOLLER RASMUSSEN, JOHN WACKERMAN on powerhouse Drums and Mr. JANNE STARK & LARS SCHMIDT lay down the Bass Mojo @ "low-end bottom kool". All the above talented players kick out the jams & land together to produce and deliver the serious heavy rock "goods" on the mega-awesome, phenomenal, monumental, epic MOUNTAIN OF POWER "Volume Four" disc.

The MOUNTAIN OF POWER: "Volume Four" disc is all about the R.O.C.K. and the RIFFAGE THAT MATTERS. Janne Stark definitely lives up to his "Riff:Master" nickname handle at this disc. The mega-killer MOP-V4 disc has more bad-ass, killer heavy riffs per square inch than most heavy rock bands entire catalogs! Brother Stark is an excellent, world-class, prolific guitarist, sonic engineer & producer. A solid man of rock on a Mission to Keep the Rock alive. The same applies to all the awesome guest singers & guitarists who were kool/solid to land. Everybody who landed did an amazing job and we are proud & honored to have all of these excellent musical guests be part of this amazing heavy rock disc/project that celebrates glorious 70s hard rock music.

For those of you who are about to ROCK with the MOUNTAIN OF POWER - "Volume Four" disc, we salute you!!! Highly recommended to fans of serious, balls to the wall, bad-ass, blues-based, retro-70s, guitar heavy rock n' roll that defies gravity, rocks like a beast and lives up to the band name moniker. An Essential, ass-kickin', hard rockin', lead guitar dominated, riff:monster slab of Epic, brain-damaging, heavy guitar rock mojo from Grooveyard Records.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. ARE YOU READY / GONNA CREEP UP ON YOU (THIN LIZZY)
02. OVERDRIVE / DO IT UP (RIOT)
03. SATIN PEACOCK (LEGS DIAMOND)
04. WHEN YOUR TIME HAS COME (BUX)
05. YOU GOT MY SOUL (DIRTY TRICKS)
06. LOOKING FOR LOVE / AND IF YOU COULD SEE ME FLY (THE BABYS)
07. HUMBLE (BANG)
08. MAN FROM MECCA / HARD TIMES / BURNING (SWEET)
09. SWEET WEALTH (ROCKICKS)
10. HIT THE HARD WAY (1994)
11. DON'T COME BACK / RIGHT OR WRONG (WISHBONE ASH)
12. THINGS AND THOUGHTS (DIRK STEFFENS)
13. WOMAN TAMER (SIR LORD BALTIMORE)
14. IN MY EYES (THREE MAN ARMY)

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· reviews ·

Janne Stark, the Swedish jack-of-all-trades, is hitting the Hard & Heavy disciples with the fourth edition of his MOUNTAIN OF POWER project. Anyone who knows the bustling Swede knows what to expect. An album full of powerful cover numbers, peppered with heavy riffing and lots of guitar solos, which not only come from the protagonist, but are also thrown into the arena by various guest musicians.

Born in 1963, Stark, who has also made a name for himself as the author of various Swedish hard rock & heavy metal encyclopedias in the past few decades, draws from the huge reservoir of past decades and makes no secret of his preferences. Here you can hear mainly seventies vibes. When he deals with bands like THIN LIZZY, RIOT, LEGS DIAMOND, DIRTY TRICKS and SWEET, it doesn't sound too far removed from the originals and holds few surprises, although the mighty rocking interpretations have their charm.

The Scandinavian Axeslinger usually takes two or even three numbers from the respective band to his chest and seamlessly couples them into a five to six-minute rock monster. Anyone who likes two or three guitar solos within a song is well served here.

Fortunately, as usual in Volume I - III, Mr. Stark integrates the most diverse singers in order to keep the tension high. A really happy surprise is the appearance of a supershouter like Rob Lamothe (RIVERDOGS) who cheered the THE BABYS diamond Looking For Love / And If You Could See Me Fly a few flying aspects. Still a great singer. Also interesting are the song interpretations of a band that one would not necessarily have expected on this compilation: Stark and his companions turn the lively Don't Come Back / Right Or Wrong tandem by WISHBONE ASH into a pleasurable journey into the land of guitar magic.

The bottom line is that it remains an album that hard & heavy fans can have a good hour of guitar-heavy fun.

Frank Ipach / Hooked On Music (January 2021)




 


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