Daily Album Premiere Wednesday: GRAHAM BONNET BAND – The Book

by Jude Cossey

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    GRAHAM BONNET BAND - The Book - 8.5/10


The Book
November 4th, 2016
Frontiers Records

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4 (1 vote)

bonnetbooksept-500x500 Graham Bonnet has been a leader in Rock and Metal even before replacing Ronnie James Dio in the band Rainbow, producing anthems such as “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “S.O.S.”  These, and other greats, have been re-recorded for the second half of this two-disc powerhouse called The Book. One could consider disc two a Graham Bonnet greatest hits, as it also contains songs from his time with Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, MSG, and his solo career. Re-recording those songs was a great idea. Not only does it highlight gems of the past, it also creates a polished and restorative feel. And if that doesn’t attract you, at least the recording consistency means you won’t be changing your EQ settings for each song.

The first disc is the real surprise. Eleven tracks of brand new music. Bonnet’s talent flawlessly flows through each one. The hooks are natural and exhibit the fine skills of his supporting musicians. If you didn’t know better, you’d think they were also his classics; each projects Bonnet’s powerful voice, and the disc progresses with the right amount of variance.

The Book is a perfect choice for those who know Graham Bonnet well, but will resonate as much or more with those not as familiar with his work. Some classics may draw up memories from old radio hits, but everything will sound as fresh and intriguing as the first disc will to his loyal fans.


About Jude Cossey 39 Articles
Hello! 你好. I'm Jude, living in Taiwan but originally from the great state of Ohio. I first got into music when a fellow weirdo in my Catholic high school needed someone to play guitar with. We jammed on some Grunge Rock, but soon I got hooked on the blisteringly-fast shredding of Randy Rhoads and other greats. Later, I bought Metallica's Ride The Lightning as my first album purchase. During that time, my friends and I would end up at local metal shows--always in some rented venue with plywood walls, exposed piping, and awful bathrooms. It was great. After playing in some bands myself, and stumbling through all kinds of jobs, I ended up teaching English in Taiwan. Metal isn't as big here as in my home country of America, but there is a loyal following if you know where to look. Favorite album in recent years: World on Fire by Slash w/ Myles Kennedy Album that surprised me: UNI by Awe to Low Best band seen live: Columbine Worth a mention: Apocalyptica (cellos and metal!) Favorite guitar solo: Vivian Campbell on Dio's “Rainbow in the Dark” Metal pet peeve: over-usage of the lyrics “sands of time”, “reason”, or “insane” Guilty pleasure: Austrian Death Machine Dream: a Jason Becker signature guitar and the ability to play as he did. 2016 Top Ten Albums: 1. FAKE IDOLS - Witness 2. MERIDIAN – Breaking The Surface 3. GRAHAM BONNETT BAND – The Book 4. VANEXA – Too Heavy To Fly 5. CRYSTAL BALL – Deja Voodoo 6. SOLITUDE – Reach For The Sky 7. AMARANTHE – Maximalism 8. INIRE – Cauchemar 9. AETERNITAS - House Of Usher 10. DUMB HOLE – Bravest Of The Galaxy

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