Sweet and lynch
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Hard-rock shredder George Lynch found fame in the 70s with Dokken before stunning fans in the 80s with The Lynch Mob (their debut, Wicked Sensation remains sensational still today). Since then, Lynch has worked in numerous scenarios with Sweet And Lynch being his latest band alongside Stryper’s vocalist, Michael Sweet. With this combination, the 11 songs are both heavy and memorable with vibrato aplenty from both legends. George has always had a recognisable style; rich humbucker riffs, slippery vibrato, heavy use of Mixolydian and Phrygian modes, fast legato phrases, screaming harmonics, fantastic timing and great tapping. All these traits are to be found here with opener, Promised Land being a full-on 16th-note pounder that involves power chords, syncopations, open-string phrasing and a blazing ‘stuck wah’ toned solo. Walk features a great half-swung groove and a huge anthemic chorus. Fancy a dash of b5 in a half-time grungy riff? Afterlife ticks that box nicely! Big stadium ballad? Tried & True does the job with aplomb. In short, if you hanker for a modern take on your favourite West Coast 80s rock albums, Sweet And Lynch won’t fail to make you smile!