What does it sound like?:
In recognition of it’s 30th anniversary, “Sonic Temple” gets an expanded, multi format release, their first US platinum certified record and the one that finally cemented the status as cock rock superstars. In terms of ripping riffs, it’s hard to think of another album so heavily loaded, with Billy Duffy unleashing his full guitar god – giving it the full Townsend windmill on the original album cover – whilst Ian Ashbury continued to be Jim Morrison incarnate (despite knocking back Ollie Stone’s offer of the title role in the film).
Whilst it’s not quite all killer / no filler, there are some absolute corker’s here. “Sun King” opens with mystical atmospherics over Ashbury announcing “This is where it all ends” before the riffs start and he’s bellowing “Hot damn, mercy maam”. “Fire Woman” pretty much repeats the formula with a jangling start before it winds up to a real foot stomper and Ashbury is now “prancing like a cat on a hot tin shack”.
Could it get any better – well, yes here and there. “American Horse” is slower paced and for all it’s pounding bluster a bit too repetitive. Power ballad “Edie Ciao » Continue Reading.