Elias T Hoth – Let Sleepin Demons Lie
Nice to get a finished copy of this to review
as I was fortunate enough to hear this from the demo stage. So
how does the album sound?
- Mississippi Burning. Martin Luther King's
“I Have A Dream” speech leads into a Cult meets
Southern Rock riff. Solid opener.
- Mobile Alabama. Atmospheric guitar this
time which has been put through a pedal board, sounding somewhere
between wah wah and slide. Most reminded me of Chris Rea.
Contains a good lengthy guitar solo.
- Roll Down Dirty. Slightly different feel
to this one again. Old school rhythm and blues meets Southern
Boogie is about as close as I can get, with classic line-up
Whitesnake being the most prevalent influence.
- A Little Bit A Sinnin'. This was my favourite
track when I heard the demo. Regrettably this sounds too much
like the preceding track, albeit with a more laid back verse.
- Sleazy Hussy Fever. Much slower track
with a blues/12 bar sound. Harmonica and Hammond organ are
nice touches although this one is way too long to my ears.
- Ozark Alabama Please. Mid-paced and probably
the weakest track so far. Clone of Mobile Alabama with few
- .Louisiana Train. Another mid-paced track,
again heard it all before. Guitar and keyboards at start work
- Down Mississippi Way. More aggressive
guitar sound (see summary!) in a 12 bar boogie track –
think Status Quo with Southern slant. Stunning guitar solo.
- Wanted By The F.B.I. Very familiar sounding
again, rescued by another dynamic solo.
- Hex On You. Bizarrely the main riff reminded
me of Wheels Of Steel by Saxon! Quality solo again.
- Rollin' Thunder. Faster tempo, otherwise
familiar territory. Strange choice to close the album.
Hats off to all involved in the production for
starters – great sound throughout. This is a million miles
away from my usual listening yet it's still very enjoyable. Especially
from track eight onwards with the introduction of a young guitarist
by the name of Sam Barnett. Hard to believe he's only seventeen!
He unleashes some truly spectacular solos and surely has a great
career ahead of him. The album in general contains songs with
great hooks and accessible choruses. Combine that with clean vocals
and lengthy solos and it should be a hit. My only reservations
concern the running order and the length of the tracks. There
are a couple of occasions where very similar tunes go back to
back, and several of them would have been re-worked much shorter
if I'd been involved. That said I admire Elias's work (he's responsible
for all music, lyrics and arrangements) and think this album should
appeal to a good cross-section of the CD-buying public.