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AIRRACE Shaft Of Light Rock Candy (2009)


Post NWoBHM, there was a large American movement of melodic hard rock, with FM oriented tendencies. Think Survivor, Journey, Heart and Foreigner.

This was matched by many British bands, including Shy, Heavy Pettin', FM and Grand Prix. And then there was Airrace.

This 1984 album, with the band signing to Atlantic, saw riffs and keyboards mix well; solid rhythms, some great riffs, it is a good set.

Production from Beau (Ratt) Hill, and management from Peter Grant, would obviously help the band, who featured one Jason Bonham on drums.

'Promise To Call' features a chunky riff that flows smoothly, and a great blend of guitar and keyboards. This is excellent solid melodic hard rock without the pomp, really well worth checking out, with or without the Led Zep connection.

Bonus tracks, lengthy sleevenotes (with band involvement), a good package.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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