· SUPER VINTAGE - GUARDIANS OF TRADITION (GYR213) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. SOUTHERN RIDE
02. INDIAN SOUL
03. HERO
04. ROLLING THUNDER
05. DOWN DOWN
06. T FOR TENNESSEE
07. NAKED TRUTH
08. END OF THE ROAD
09. PIECES OF MY BROKEN HEART
10. RISE AND FALL
11. GUARDIANS OF TRADITION


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR213 - $14.99

Awesome 6th studio disc by this excellent hard rock band from Greece featuring Stavros Papadopoulos on guitar & vocals. Includes 11 tracks of classic, powerful, dynamic, blues-based, Southern Rock inspired guitar rock music that stands tall & speaks the six string truth complete with strong, memorable, authentic songs that land impressive & timeless.

Diggin' deeper into their Southern Rock musical roots with serious depth & inspiration, Super Vintage are bonafide hard rockers who have produced one of their strongest discs to date in the form of "Guardians Of Tradition" which is their "musical homage" and dedication to their Southern Rock Heroes and to all the good "Rock N' Roll Saviors" worldwide who believe in real music.

Stavros Papadopoulos is a bad-ass, modern day heavy guitar rocker with a legit "old-school" retro-70s vibe who was born to rock with the riffage that matters. A prolific, killer six string riff:master on a true mission to Keep the Rock alive. The Super Vintage - "Guardians Of Tradition" disc released by Grooveyard Records is an outstanding guitar rock "musical document" that is Highly recommended to fans of all the previous excellent Super Vintage discs and to fans of all the other way-kool bands & discs by Stavros Papadopoulos which include Revolution Highway, Freerock Saints, Tania Kikidi, King Mountain, Hard Driver, Universal Hippies, Stoned Olympus & Children Of Aegean along with the amazing Shadowplay Project (Rory Gallagher Tribute) and his two excellent solo discs which all land rock solid & essential.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. SOUTHERN RIDE
02. INDIAN SOUL
03. HERO
04. ROLLING THUNDER
05. DOWN DOWN
06. T FOR TENNESSEE
07. NAKED TRUTH
08. END OF THE ROAD
09. PIECES OF MY BROKEN HEART
10. RISE AND FALL
11. GUARDIANS OF TRADITION


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· reviews ·

Destiny (2018) and Shining Light (2020) were the final two releases by hard rock band Super Vintage. At the beginning of September 2022, the group around Stavros Papadopoulos followed up with the album "Guardians Of Tradition". It was released on the Grooveyard Records label.There are eleven songs on this record and it was produced by the front man & Joe Romagnola as the Executive Producer. Joe Romagnola is associated with the Bluestone Company, Mountain Of Power, Bryce Janey and Tony Spinner, among other .

The songs were recorded at Freerock Recording Studio, Kavala City, Greece. Drums recorded @ Stone Groove, Athens, Greece. All the songs were written by Stavros Papadopoulos. What is there to report about the 6th studio disc of the Greek rock band Super Vintage? If you listen to the album from the first to the last track, then a relatively long breath is required, because on "Rise And Fall" the combo steps on the brake pedal and brings a beautiful ballad to the ears of the people in front of the speakers. Stavros Papadopoulos probably has a deep friendship with the bottleneck. When you get to the penultimate track, you're not at all sure if he even put it aside in any of the previous songs. With a view to relaxed parts, the final title track "Guardians Of Tradition" is a vanishing point of emotions arranged from uptempo and relaxed phases. "Down Down" should also be mentioned in this context.

Not only is Super Vintage a hard rock combo, but they also have their eye on southern rock. Right from the beginning of the disc it goes in the latter musical direction. Almost as a matter of course, Stavros Papadopoulos has activated the bottleneck and Super Vintage unleashes a well-tempered heaviness on the listener. That pleases and whets the appetite for the following numbers. The eleven tracks contain a great Super Vintage diversity, which is based on the competent songwriting of a Stavros Papadopoulos. The songs are very balanced and if you speak of a fluctuating dynamic, then definitely with this album. The twin sound that is used in phases is also great in the Southern-oriented songs, created by rhythm guitarist Panagiotis Zabourlis and bandleader Stavros Papadopoulos .

A track like the groovy "Rolling Thunder" or in a different arrangement "End Of The Road". Vocally, Stavros Papadopoulos is right up there with the song statements. He definitely knows how to please with his voice. His solos, whether with or without a bottleneck, have format, are large-scale or, in the quieter songs, also very emotional.

So you get a very positive impression after the first listen, which only gets stronger with further listening. In this respect, the Super Vintage "Guardians Of Tradition" disc is a recommendation for Southern Rock, Hard Rock or Blues Rock. Stay healthy and take time for good music as a distraction.

Joachim 'Joe' Brookes / Rock Times (September 2022)
 


The main man of Super Vintage is guitarist/singer/producer/composer Stavros Papadopoulos who also has another band called King Mountain. With that band he released a bit earlier this year the CD ‘Tempest At The Gate’. On that record Stavros together with bass player John Christopoulos and drummer Chris Lagios plays a classic form of hard rock with a touch of metal and in real Stavros style always guitar orientated to the max. He has a few more records with King Mountain and I must say that including ‘Tempest At The Gate’ they are all very worthwhile having. Check it out on YouTube folks or even better get them on line or directly via the record label on their website.

GUARDIANS OF TRADITION
With Super Vintage Stavros together with second guitarist Panagiotis Zabourlis, bass player Jim Moralis and again Chris Lagios serves up a different rock dish. Super Vintage is much more blues rock and southern rock orientated and the band has already some five records out this far, making ‘Guardians Of Tradition’ number six. Actually, the eleven songs on this record are much more southern rock flavoured when you compare this one with the other band releases. And as Stavros has a perfect voice with no real accent to be detected, if you would have said to me that these guys come from Florida instead of Kavala in Greece I most likely would have believed you.

MELANCHOLIC CHARACTER
The album has at times a melancholic typical southern rock character with lots of ballsy guitars and a rhythm section that purely plays to serve the guitar players. Add to that that Stavros has managed to pen down a bunch of decent songs as well and you are listening to a guitar dominated quite pure and entertaining southern rock album that we do not get to hear that often these days.

"Rise And Fall", "Naked Truth", "Hero", "Indian Soul", "Rolling Thunder", "Pieces Of My Broken Heart", the title track, "Southern Ride", "Down Down" (nothing to do with Status Quo), "T For Tennessee" and "End Of The Road" are all quite traditional and certainly not too complicated to follow, but they are played from the heart and soul of a man that has become one of the most reliable and active rock merchants that Greece has to offer. If you cherish southern rock ‘Guardians Of Tradition’ is at the moment one of the best records in that genre.

Michel van de Moosdijk / Headbangers Lifestyle (September 2022)
 




 


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