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UFO, Seven Deadly
SPV Records, Feb. 27

02/23/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



UFO belongs to an old-school-’70s hard-rock sub-species whose pecking order depends on the number of Guitar Player covers on which a band has appeared. It’s funny, when you hear older dudes at the bar talking about Euro-trash guitar-god bands like this (see also Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Shenker, any band Gary Moore ever played for, or any guitarist that ever played for Ozzy/Whitesnake/Dio), it’s like they’re talking about sports: “Man, he totally WHALED on that!” Being that I was always more drawn to “axe-men” who were bursting with crazy-ass gimmickry — Michael Shenker’s first couple of records with Scorpions, stuff like that — I never really paid much mind to B-listers like Vinny Moore, who’s here, having been with UFO since 2004 (it’s been a revolving door of guitar gods since 1969). But on this LP, Moore’s lead guitar pieces are more meticulously studied than ever, and they fit nicely in the mix, consisting of the nicest board-work I’ve ever heard on an SPV release, cleaner than hell, super-bassy, real heavy. The songs are cookie-cutter but honest, from the mid-tempo-rawk snoozer “Fight Night” to the Machine Head-reminiscent speed-churn of “Wonderland” to the Dio/Nazareth plod of “Mojo Town.” Singer Phil Mogg sounds every bit the 63-year-old he is, like Bon Scott in need of some essential minerals but too busy chasing waitresses to fix himself. A- —Eric W. Saeger






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