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Eisley/Goldy: Blood, Guts, And Games
Eisley/Goldy - Blood, Guts, And Games CD Album Review

Eisley/Goldy: Blood, Guts, And Games

Melodic Hard/Heavy Rock
3.0/5.0

Eisley/Goldy reunites former Guiffria band mates vocalist David Glen Eisley and guitarist Craig Goldy for their first album together, Blood, Guts, And Games. To be truthful, I never followed Guiffria, so I have no familiarity with Eisley as a vocalist. Goldy I recall mostly from his work with Ronnie James Dio, notably the 1987 DIO album Dream Evil. And for some additional candor: I'm not sure how much I really enjoyed this album. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Eisley/Goldy Band Photo

David Glen Eisley and Craig Goldy

The Eisley/Goldy sound might be best described as classic melodic hard rock with an apparent soulful blues groove. The soulfulness (and some blues) comes largely from Eisley's vocal style. At first I thought Eisley sounded both strained and subdued, an odd combination. Proceeding through the album, his voice seemed more driven by emotion and passion, definitely a positive thing. Alternatively, then Eisley's vocal timbre started to remind me of musical moaning, and it began to wear me down.

The blues angle comes largely from the song composition and Goldy's guitar style of late. To these ears, he sounds yards away from his DIO years. Rather, on this recording I felt that had something a blues vibe, like a Seventies blues vibe maybe found in Bad Company. In composition, most songs are slow burning or grooving, then heavy with riffs and a big beat. By big beat, I mean a large thumping beat and not a lively rock beat, but that can found in the up tempo Wings Of A Hurricane, one of the better songs here. Otherwise, songs like Life If Only A Memory, Lies I Can Live With, and the impossibly laborious Believe In One Another, move with a near slow motion groove.

Again, largely speaking, Eisley/Goldy's Blood, Guts, And Games simply wore me down and tired me out. It did this enough that, at times, I found the album to be a difficult listen. But you might feel differently. Check out Eisley/Goldy and decide for yourself.



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The Bottom Line

Largely speaking, Eisley/Goldy's Blood, Guts, And Games simply wore me down and tired me out. It did this enough that, at times, I found the album to be a difficult listen. But you might feel differently.

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