Genre: Hard Rock
Country: Wales
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year: 2018

Phil “Wizzö” Campbell, is best known as the guitarist in Motörhead from 1984 to 2015. But most forget that the guitarist from Wales was also the mastermind of Persian Risk, a great N.W.O.B.H.M. act that released a couple of excellent 7″ singles [“Calling For You” (1981) and “Ridin’ High” (1983)], before Phil replaced Brian Robertson in along with Michael “Würzel” Burston in Motörhead. His new own band Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons has just released its debut full length album. Brave enough the sound is far away from Motörhead, but unfortunately Phil Campbell alongside his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr, have created a rather too modern, way too snotty,  teen movie high – school soundtrack or something… I’m on the (not so) difficult (after all) position to say that despite the full energy, the unoriginal fat choruses and the sometimes thick guitars (and the rock ‘n roll wannabe spirit) that ‘The Age of Absurdity’ is almost annoying and at the end not even average, if not lame. Damn those lyrics are the worst part and dated in 1988, -yes 30 years ago-, when sleaze glam bands were destroying Heavy Metal… Just avoid it…

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