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WITCHFLOWER (CD + DVD)

Wicked Minds

 

Heavy Prog

3.16 | 20 ratings

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Finnforest
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2 stars Deep Heep and Whitesnake love child

Wicked Minds is an Italian heavy rock band doing the retro thing in a big way, obviously their heroes are Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Sabbath, and Zeppelin. They are playing to a fan base looking to recreate the glory days of 70s guitar rock. Sometimes I enjoy bands in this vein such as Gov't Mule who in the Allen Woody days were capable of doing some sincere homage to the Allman Brother Band and creating a scene in their own right. Even Dark Star Orchestra as a cover band are so good they make me forget the material is not their own. Wicked Minds do a reasonable job of touching on Purple and Heep, they occasionally visit Tull as well. They achieve some nice jams but unless you really get off on such obvious retro hard rock you would be so much better off just hunting down the real thing which is always going to be preferable. "Burning Tree" is a good track with acoustic and flute employed to haunting ends but it's a brief respite from the whole David Coverdale vibe. To be fair though I have to say that if you do enjoy the thought of an updated Purple sound you may really like this, but I don't think the material is as strong as even 80s fare like "Perfect Strangers." It's not awful stuff but it's not mind-blowing either, just raw, bluesy, and rather predictable for prog fans. For Wicked Minds fans this is a nice package though. It comes with a DVD that features several videos, excerpts from two different live shows, and a "making of" featurette. The "Purple Skies" video features a couple of delightful young ladies getting to know each other in a most personal way mixed with footage of the band jamming.now that's rock and roll!!

Finnforest | 2/5 |

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