Vandenberg's MoonKings - 'Vandenberg's MoonKings'

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Vandenberg's MoonKings - 'Vandenberg's MoonKings'

As the first played new release of 2014 in my collection, everything that comes after will have a lot to live up to.

This first outing for Adrian Vandenberg's MoonKings (NOT a project I hasten to add, but an ongoing band, according to the man himself) is all about his taste and the influences throughout his career. The musicians Vandenberg has assembled for this band are all less than half his age; Jan Hoving (vocals), Sem Christoffel (bass) and Mart Nijen Es (drums), which gives the album an injection of enthusiasm and freshness. The raw, Led Zeppelin, Free and even Whitesnake-type riffs are all over it. In fact, you would swear that the opener 'Lust And Lies' was a left over from a Whitesnake album.

What is also refreshing is that a REAL string section has been used on the album (notably on 'Breathing' and 'Sailing Ships') instead of just programmed keyboards. Not many people bother to do that these days and you can really hear the difference.



'Line Of Fire' is more modern sounding, but the overall feel of the album is of a real heavy rocker, full of riffs, soulful ballads, thundering bass and Bonham-esque drums.

The aforementioned 'Sailing Ships' which, as many will already know, was originally from the Whitesnake 'Slip Of The Tongue' album and Vandenberg even has David Coverdale guesting on vocals. Strangely, this is the weak link for me. Don't get me wrong, I liked the original, but compared to Jan Hoving on this album – DC's voice just doesn't stand up for me.

I'm very impressed with the MoonKings and, as the first played new release of 2014 in my collection, everything that comes after will have a lot to live up to!

Sue Ashcroft

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