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!

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