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...another excellent preview of "Holy Ground" with an accompanying interview with both Glenn and Doug Aldrich, courtesy Decibel Report

Following earlier previews of ‘Unspoken’ and ‘Bustle and Flow’ the title track is the latest metal petal to be plucked from the forthcoming album and reveals an old-school riff-driven monster with Hughes soulful vocals unbelievably stronger than ever.

This is hard-rocking, groove-fueled classic rock that surely anticipates one the best albums of 2021.

When Hughes screams: “Can you feel my bass-line” on the incomparable ‘Like No Other’, there’s no doubt that he still has presence to burn. As ever, Aldrich’s lissome fretwork is a delight, yet it’s the intensity of his rhythm playing that really stands out. On ‘Bustle and Flow’ he riffs like a man possessed by the spirit of Malcolm Young and under the otherworldly spell of Jimmy Page.

The Texan strut of ‘Chosen and Justified’ invokes the mystic mojo of Gibbons, Hill and Beard, with Castronovo’s crisp, economical drumming perfectly judged. The seven-minute slow-burn album closer ‘Far Away’ is the song that comes closest to expansive style of the much-missed Black Country Communion, embellished by a stirring string arrangement and thrilling coda that finishes the album in breathtaking style.

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