After reading Pippa Lang's great interview with Reuben Archer (Stampede: Hold Your Horses! (click here to read)) I was keen to hear Stampede's new studio album, 'Sudden Impulse'.
Thirty years or so since their last album doesn't seem to have presented a major problem for this group. Reuben Archer's vocals power through a fantastic modern melodic rock wall of sound – real vintage classic rock – but updated with a tight, super-slick production and crystal clear guitar sound.
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Highlights include the instantly likeable opener, 'Send Me Down An Angel', the groovy 'Hard Rock Hell' and hard-rocking 'Natural Disaster' – although there are few weak points on this cracking new album.
Strangely the label shouts-out their NWOBHM credentials but there's so much more here on offer. While retaining their own distinct sound, the band have clearly drawn on many British influences – from Lizzy to UFO, via Magnum, maybe some early Lepps or Saxon – and the more you listen the more it grows on you.
What's more, Stampede will be supporting the mighty Anvil at the O2 Islington Academy on Monday 11th July. This one is sure to be Dutch Michael's Gig Of The Week!