Genre: Blues
Country: U.K.
Label:Red 7 Records
Year: 2021

Troy Redfern’s name probably not ring any bell to the majority of Heavy Metal/Hard Rock fans especially outside Great Britain still please hold his name as the nickname “king of slide guitar” may not be so outrageous after all…Troy has toured a lot in Scandinavia Russia and Uk plus he also played with Robert Plant so he has created a large base of loyal fans. His new album, The Fire Cosmic, follows “Island” that Troy released via Red 7 Records. It was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in North Wales, the same studio where Queen recorded their early albums, as well as Black Sabbath and Mott The Hoople. Add that Redfern enlisted veteran producer Paul ‘Win’ Winstanley to his team along with Darby Todd on drums (The Darkness, Robben Ford, Martin Barre, Paul Gilbert), bass guitarist Dave Marks (Hans Zimmer), and guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns ‘N Roses, Asia, Sons of Apollo) that feature in his band’s line-up. Mastering was handled by Frank Arkwright (Biffy Clyro, Oasis, Iggy Pop, Paul Weller, System of a Down) at Abbey Road Studios.

Redfern has the ability to write great songs that blend or even surpass genres and borders. The album starts with a surf/rockabilly hit entitled “Scorpio.” The perfect soundtrack for a Mex-Tex car chase. The next one is the first single, “Waiting For Your Love” that has a boogie rhythm and he uses a vintage 1929 National Triolian resonator guitar, to create this sharp sound. “One Way Ticket” is a straightforward rocker with brilliant hooks. Then he changes course with the funky “Love And War” a mid-tempo blues/rocker song with great chorus. Featuring guitar hero Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal on guitar (Guns N Roses, Asia, Sons of Apollo) that plays his signature double neck guitar, “On Fire” is a song you will hear several times before you skip to “Lay That Love Down” in which we go back to funky style, with up-tempo rhythm and excellent soloing. Next one is “Ghosts” that is another single that comes of this album. Its western story speaks about a broken relationship and this time I think Troy flirts with mainstream. I don’t write it in a bad way though. “Saving Grace” is a very different melodic song with a vintage pop approaching in the veins of Beatles. Redfren’s fans will love “Sanctify” and its boogie heavy blues/rockabilly sound and its John Lee Hooker references. The closer “Stone” Is characterised by the slide guitar solos and the magnificent piano outright, the same instrument Queen used in Bohemian Rhapsody.

If we add the incredible comic inspired artwork cover that will bring in mind Kotzen, Franka Zappa and Joe Satriani in mind then you can easily understand that we are dealing with a full package of artistic attack of a true conquer of the -modern- blues throne…