Mur­derer’s Row

Mur­derer’s Row

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - essi Bere­lian

Killer on the loose again. The mid-90s was per­haps not the best time for bands ped­dling clas­sic melodic rock, but there’s no deny­ing the for­mi­da­ble tal­ent in Mur­derer’s Row, a su­per­group com­pris­ing David Glen Eis­ley, Bob Kulick, Jimmy Waldo, Chuck Wright and Jay Schellen.

Prin­ci­pally Kulick and Waldo’s hard-rock­ing baby, Mur­derer’s Row’s self-ti­tled only al­bum was orig­i­nally in­tended to be the sec­ond Black­thorne one. In­stead, with ex-Gi­uf­fria/Dirty White

Boy vo­cal­ist Eis­ley at the mic (in place of Gra­ham Bon­net), Mur­derer’s Row estab­lished their own iden­tity and in ’97 re­leased a tough yet de­fi­antly hook-laden rock al­bum via a lit­tle-known Ja­panese la­bel. How­ever, so com­plete was its dis­ap­pear­ance at the time that this reis­sue could be seen as the de­but the al­bum never en­joyed.

It comes with the bonus of rough mixes of all the tracks, which is nice but a bit point­less. The main at­trac­tion is that, at last, Hang­man’s Moon, Blood On Fire and the bonkers-fast Over­drive can be cranked up to 11 to bet­ter feel the white-hot heat of Kulick’s de­mented riff­ing and Eis­ley’s oh-so-ma­cho bel­low­ing. Whether you opt for the looser rough mixes or the

pol­ished and gleam­ing end prod­uct, Mur­derer’s Row were un­doubt­edly a class act.

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