Warrior Soul had the potential to commercially equal Guns N' Roses. But his appetite for self-destruction stood in the way of the punk hard rock act from New York. In 1995 the band imploded. Twelve years later, her head Kory Clarke reformed her. In the meantime he had made a grandiose solo debut with "Opium Hotel". Clarke is rock'n'roller through and through. In his charming mange and non-conformity he reminds of Mickey Rourke's broken heroes in "The Wrestler". After two new albums with Warrior Soul - including "Destroy The War Machine" initially released as "Chinese Democracy" - and a sequel to "Opium Hotel" (2011), Clarke is now choking out "Payback's A Bitch". We can make this short: The album's a blast! There's the high-octane crackler anthem "Devil's Highway", which is on an equal footing with Warrior Soul's "Shine Like It", then the country singer "What Good Is Goodbye", the veritable funk rock lesson "Get Down To Bizzness", the slow blues "The Last Hand". And in the end, "Meet Me In Las Vegas" is the most fervent rock ballad of recent years. All hardened in snot and sweat. Sweet!
Top track: Devil's Highway