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Graham Bonnet Band: Day Out In Nowhere
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Graham Bonnet Band: Day Out In Nowhere

Melodic Heavy Rock
3.5/5.0

Now a septuagenarian and still the snappy dresser, iconic vocalist Graham Bonnet returns with his third studio album under the moniker, Graham Bonnet Band. For all those youngsters out there, Bonnet, who will be 75 years young the eve of Christmas Eve this year, was the voice for other legendary musicians and bands including Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri. His new album, Day Out In Nowhere features the core players of Beth-Ami Heavenstone (bass) and Conrado Pesinato (guitar). Additional musical talent includes Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson), and Graham's former band mate, legendary keyboardist Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow).

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Cutting straight to the chase, Day Out In Nowhere is essentially another melodic heavy rock album featuring Bonnet's vocal power and prowess. Mostly, Bonnet has lost nothing of his presence though, at times, he seems more to be sing-speaking, and so keeping himself and his vocal chords in check. Yet, there's definitely some assertiveness to his vocal character. Those observations are likely only personal ones; other ears may hear things differently.

Mostly, to these ears, the music does the talking. This strong rock, fast and heavy at times with a large emphasis on three things: assertive riffs, heavy rock groove from the rhythm section, and ripping guitar solos. There's some true metal edge to the song arrangements. After this, the keyboards add atmosphere. The songs are not without melody and harmony and can have catchy refrains. While there are some songs that dial things back, sometimes with the vocal arrangements, I found them to be similar in the aforementioned attributes, then often fast and heavy. With that said, sometimes Bonnet sounds suppressed in the mix, almost like an after thought. But, of course, that's a ridiculous proposition for a band and songs that revolve around a vocalist like Graham Bonnet.

All in all, Graham Bonnet Band's Day Out In Nowhere is an album chock full of heavy powerful rockers with Bonnet's vocals vying for preeminence. (I think if these songs were heard live, Bonnet would get runover by the music.) Recommended if you're a fan of both the vocalist and the genre.




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The Take Away

Graham Bonnet Band's Day Out In Nowhere is an album chock full of heavy powerful rockers with Bonnet's vocals vying for preeminence. Recommended if you're a fan of both the vocalist and the genre.

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