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  PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN
'PGP 2'


Tony Conley

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PGP 2 finds Pinnick Gales Pridgen back again, and perhaps they've not only beaten the sophomore jinx, maybe they've beaten even their superb first effort.

In a time in which many are saying that even to consider making an album is a misguided move fraught with danger, dUg Pinnick puts out four records that stand proudly beside anything in his catalogue. People say the guitar is a tired and dying instrument, but somehow Eric Gales makes music sound undiscovered and beautiful every time he picks up his axe. Drums have been a thing of the past ever since rap raised its head, yet Thomas Pridgen remains inventive and vital in a host of various genres and bands. Rock Ain't Near Dead - and it was never proven with more aplomb than on PGP 2, the second effort by Pinnick Gales Pridgen. The Left Hand Gang is back, and they are bad.

It was less than eighteen months ago when in January 2013, I made the unprecedented call that Pinnick Gales Pridgen's debut album would be my Album Of The Year for 2013, and indeed, none topped it in my eyes and ears. 2014 may be a stronger year for albums, and it may be too early to declare a king, but PGP 2 is top shelf, and will most certainly find its way onto many top tens.

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Where the band's debut steered more towards high powered blues rock and hard rock jams, PGP 2 is often more psychedelic and melodic, even though the band walked into the studio with little prepared - the songwriting comes across as more developed, but all the fireworks and virtuosity remains the same. Pinnick has managed to write four albums of excellent songs in less than two years, while Eric Gales has continued to rise in stature with each release, and Thomas Pridgen keeps driving every band he plays with to greater heights.

Every Step Of The Way is another 'from the heart' piece of lyric writing from Pinnick who never fails to display his heart proudly on his sleeve as he supports his friends in addiction. The band is out of the gate firing on all cylinders - Pinnicks bass propels and pumps as Gales plays great rock riffs as if he could do it in his sleep. Pridgen does a brilliant job of playing just behind a bit to keep it all on the rails. Powerful, melodic, and meaningful - could we ask for anything more?

Eric Gales has been on a slow rise since returning to the scene a few years back, and on It's Not My Time To Die, he displays just why I find him so brilliant. Along with a solid rock riff running through it, Gales fills every spec with guitar delights, whether in the form of slash and burn soloing, or in his string section emulations - I'll use the word genius here. His creativity never ceases to amaze, and he's constantly reinventing the stock library of blues, rock, and jazz riffs. Pinnick sings like a bird here, and his angelic softness offsets the tune's heaviness in fine, fine fashion.

Psychofunkadelic Blues? This may well be what Hendrix may have sounded like in 2014. Pridgen plays like an eight armed machine on this one, and he drives Gales and Pinnick into a fury of bludgeoning rock. Gales wears out his wah pedal, and it's a brilliant workout. I can't wait to see this one played live.

Things slow down and go the the East for the sitar soaked Watchman, that sounds like a lost track from a science fiction version of O' Brother Where Art Thou. Country rock raga? Sure why not - in these hands it sounds damned natural, and when dUg's huge bass tones join the fray next to Pridgen's military snare, it's sublime. "Hate the hatred, where no love can last," will certainly be one of my favorite lines of the year. These guys make it all sound easy, and they sound like they are having some big fun. Gales is a melodic as he is brutal, and I wonder where the limits might be to his playing. Maybe our best right now.

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Things stay slow with the gorgeous chorale that rings in Have You Cried, but they soon pick up as the band rocks their way into a brontosaurus stomp that signals the verses of this tune that seems to morph and change like a chameleon in a kaleidoscope. They know every trick in the book, and they toss them about like magicians at midnight. One of the beautiful things about this band is that they never take a minute off - they are on the job at every turn, and they remain relentless throughout.

PGP does power pop? Like You Used To Do may just be their Cheap Trick moment, and again, they nail it while updating it and tailoring the form to their particular skill set. I can just imagine this going down in the studio as each member looks at the other and says, 'Oh yeah, I get that, let's do it!' Mastery of the form called rock. Gales solo is picture perfect.

Build It Back Up - dUg is a huge Djent fan, and this one gets that heavy right out of the gate, with Gales sounding not terribly unlike Vernon Reid tossing off fiery shards of guitar across the intro. "We dance 'til we drop, 'til the sun comes up," it goes and they do.

Vicious riff rock with pretty, semi-psychedelic choruses seems to be a recurring theme, and The Past Is The Past is another scorcher that sees Gales and Pinnick sharing the mic and harmonizing on the refrain, only to step away and throw down violently in between the pretty parts. Gales takes the verses and he leaves the past behind as he blazes into a new sunset. If this guy, if these guys don't inspire you as much as they impress you, you might want to check your pulse. I love Beatles-esque moment in my hard rock, and Gales nails some great ones in between the transcendently great guitar playing. A princely man.

I've met LaDonna, and to know her is to love her, and Gales does. Fifty-two seconds of unbridled love, this.

I Ain't Got No Money is a hard rock bolero that features dUg laying down some hard truths. Many more folks than we know find themselves in this position these days as it seems that financial success is often not a sign of anything to be proud of. The repeating riff is perfect as it drives the point home with Gales and Pridgen jousting wildly as Pinnick holds things together with his rock solid bass line.

This band hits their choruses with such power and beauty that it's always stunning, though it should come as no surprise. Here we have a band which has never played a show with two great albums down, and nothing but the future before them. Down To The Bone is the kind of hard rock that Aerosmith used to do so well, back in the day. Cinematic in scope and riveting with authority, it doesn't stop until they tell it to. Eric Gales is such a joy to listen to when he solos, it's like it just pours out of his soul without fear, and no trepidation.

The old sundown comes with Jambiance, a soulful instrumental that winds things down nicely with its backwards guitars and it's stop/start drums riding atop dUg's bedrock bass. A nice way to wind things down and it puts to bed yet another great example of the fact that Rock Ain't Near Dead.

Pinnick Gales Pridgen for the game, the set, and the match. Another great record from this brilliant trio of musical visionaries. Buy this - buy this today, and support these great musicians who are reaching so deep into their souls to give you so much.


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ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'M NOT HAPPY BEING SOBER"
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paul rodgers IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT NOW! PAUL RODGERS SUES DONALD TRUMP
"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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