|Motherlode - 'Tomorrow Never Comes' (YesterRock)|
|Written by Jim Rowland|
|Thursday, 10 November 2011 05:00|
The roots of Sweden's Motherlode go back as far as 1982. Their debut album 'The Sanctuary' dates back to 1986, and was produced by Kit Woolven of Lynott/Lizzy fame. Magnum's Mark Stanway featured on that album, and it was those Brummie pomp rock heroes who hosted Motherlode as support on a European tour a year later. Not too much followed after that and the band went their separate ways in 1989. Reforming a full decade later, it's surprising then that they've had to wait until now to release only their second album, the appropriately titled 'Tomorrow Never Comes'.
They've certainly taken their time, but what we have here is a pretty decent slice of funk-infused pop rock/metal, with plenty of groove and a modern production. Opening track 'Predators' is a good straight ahead chunk of old school metal with some great riffing and some 'proper' keyboards in as much as it's that classic John Lord inspired organ sound, which is a nice feature of the album. 'Bring Me Down' has a real down and dirty groovy feel with a touch of funk along the way, and 'Promises', with its talk box intro and slick modern production is a pretty decent chunk of pop metal, with the emphasis on the pop. 'Won't Find Me Begging's big pop rock sound brings Bon Jovi to mind, and the rocking 'Why We Bleed' and 'Wild Dog' illustrate there's some really good riffs floating about on this album. The power ballad feel of 'Crying' and especially the sickly 'I Don't Know' work less well for me though.
Those who like their rock with a commercial edge will dig this album. There's plenty of groove laden riffing going on and a healthy dose of funky sounds thrown into the mix. The keyboards enhance the groove nicely when they stick to the tradition Hammond organ sound, although on occasion they go over the top with some nasty pop synth brassy sounds, which are unnecessary. Whether we have to wait another 26 years for Motherlode's third album is anyone's guess, but on this evidence they deserve another crack real soon.