English heavy metal and hard rock band UFO have announced their return to Limelight 1, Belfast for April 22nd 2015.
Formed in 1969, UFO became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Nothing would be easier for British rock legends UFO than to rest on their laurels, easily releasing the occasional best-of album to earn a few additional royalties and otherwise content themselves with looking back at their exceptionally glorious past. But UFO continue to be a live force to be reckoned with. Their touring schedule has recently taken them to the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Brazil, the USA and Canada, and more shows are always on the horizon.
It certainly wouldn’t be a problem for UFO to sell out tours on the strength of their legendary name with a great hoopla and low artistic values. But idleness or indeed a musical standstill have always been out of the question for Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Andy Parker, and Vinnie Moore. These experienced and ambitious musicians are interested in the present, their love of creativity and the active continuation of their celebrated band history. And now we have Seven Deadly, the band’s latest studio album which combines present and future with UFO’s greatest fortes. Mogg, Raymond, Parker and Moore released twelve brand-new songs on Steamhammer/SPV in February 2012 featuring some of the strongest compositions this band has ever recorded.
What is this bold thesis based on – in view of the countless classics the band has produced throughout its history? Not only on the fact that UFO have that perfect mix of talent, charisma and experience, but also on each individual band member – all bursting with a zest for action and a wealth of ideas. Seven Deadly is an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals which are unique to UFO. So it’s no wonder that sound engineer Tommy Newton, in whose Area 51 studio in Celle, Germany, the new tracks were recorded, commented: “I’ve never heard a better Phil Mogg!”
The UFO frontman’s thoroughly impressive vocal performance goes hand in hand with the awesome compositions on Seven Deadly. The classic rock of ‘Burn Your House Down’ features all the important UFO strengths, ‘Mojo Town’ sees the musicians sound tougher than ever, and ‘Year Of The Gun’ features a pointed reference to UFO’s early days. ‘Angel Station’ sees the band prove how classic rock music is complemented perfectly with epic elements, while ‘Fight Night’ is an excellent track to be performed in a live context. This album showcases the technical skills of Paul Raymond and Andy Parker, their music sounding inspired and faultless at the same time, and Vinnie Moore’s exceptional guitar style deserves to be explicitly mentioned. The American musician not only lends the songs expression and power with his haunting licks and dynamic riffs, but also contributes solos on Seven Deadly which can only be described as absolute world class.