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Sammy Hagar & The Circle - Space Between

Sammy Hagar & The Circle
Space Between
by Craig Rider at 07 July 2019, 10:28 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE; signed via BMG Records, hailing from England & the United States of America - performing Rock, on their debut album entitled: "Space Between" (released May 10th, 2019).

Since formation in 2014; the supergroup in question have 1 Live Album entitled: "At Your Service" (released May 19th, 2015), and this here debut Studio Album entitled: "Space Between" in their discography so far. 10 tracks ranging at around 34:51; SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE arrange an intricately designed formula of heavy-hitting, hardened Rock developments. The "Devil Came To Philly" begins the record; conveying an electrified anthem, fusing a lot of acoustic elements amalgamating into a barraged frenzy of harmonic hymns in which seem like an amplified biker foundation. "Full Circle Jam (Chump Change)" continues this rotation; fuelled with catchy adrenaline, while ultilizing versatile vehemence & uniquely solid seamlessness – smothering radio-friendly flamboyancy & crunchy aesthetics for good measure.

Consisting of VAN HALEN vocalist Sammy Hagar himself; (also on guitars)… who consistently contrasts an abundant amount of clean, high-pitched lungs…pipes of rawly rough ramifications and boistrously distinguished creativity. "Can't Hang" implements complex dexterity from lead guitarist Vic Johnson; converging blistering rhythms, relentless virtuosity & thunderously dynamic firepower. Injecting infectiously groovy frolicking; as "Wide Open Space" embellishes on experimental elegance, as audible bassist Michael Anthony (also on vocals) frantically forges a borderline tradition of punchy yet peachy strums – showcasing snappy quirks & quintessential stability that rivet with thumpy skill… transistioning razor-sharp riffs with salubriously vibrant solos that pulse with organically profuse substance & robustly progressive technicalities.

"Free Man" excels with energetic finesse; demonstrating diligently composed expertise, fluidly polished manifestations that revolve through meticulous songwriting subtlties –  supplying meaty shreds & stomping roars of mightily ripping silver linings. Hammering drummer Jason Bonham batters his steel with slamming fabrications; "Bottom Line" bouncies into inventively hasty distinctions, distributing light-hearted doses of easy-listening/wildly rushing melodies that portrays proficiently prominent yet old-school embodiments of gang-chants & enchanting charms of classical instrumentation. "No Worries" establishes concrete gnarliness; embellished on aforementioned abilities while wondering with prestigious musicianship, moving with rapidly swift nimbleness & ponderously momentous orchestrations.

"Trust Fund Baby" strikes with more mellifluous memorability; screaming with rambunctious speed, enlightening fulfillments & positive vibes of self-confident concepts, captivated into a euphonic soundscape of slick patterns that flow into an enjoyably entertaining drive of flourishing detail. "Affirmation" is immersed with more weighty hooks; generically simple perhaps, yet full of kick-ass jumpiness & juicy overarch's of remedious results. Overall concluding "Space Between" with the finale track: "Hey Hey (Without Greed)"; I am compelled to say that SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE certainly is an interesting listen, however…I feel like I have heard it a bunch of times before, and it doesn't feel incredibly phenomenal - if you are a fan of Sammy, it is definitely worth the listen - otherwise - not so much.

Songwriting: 6
Memorability: 6
Originality: 6
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Devil Came to Philly
2. Full Circle Jam (Chump Change)
3. Can't Hang
4. Wide Open Space
5. Free Man
6. Bottom Line
7. No Worries
8. Trust Fund Baby
9. Affirmation
10. Hey Hey (Without Greed)
Michael Anthony - Bass/Vocals
Jason Bonham - Drums
Sammy Hagar - Lead Vocals/Guitars
Vic Johnson – Lead Guitar
Record Label: BMG Records


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