The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee seemed to be at home in bluesy hard rock. After his forced departure from Ozzy in 1988, Badlands was his musical destination for several years. But after the end of the musically grandiose formation at the beginning of the nineties Lee's creeping way into insignificance began. Red Dragon Cartel is the first serious band project of the 57-year-old exceptional guitarist. And apart from "Fall From The Sky" and the "Redeem Me" sung by Sass Jordan there are only a few blues rock tendencies to be found. In contrast, the opener "Deceived" sounds a bit like Ozzy's "Bark At The Moon". "Feeder", sung by Cheap trick singer Robin Zander, even has some light power pop ingredients. All in all, Red Dragon Cartel's debut album has become a contemporary sounding melodic metal album. Only a real line or a band-typical sound are hardly to be found (also because of the many guest singers, to which also ex-Iron Maiden Paul Di'Anno belongs). Lee's guitar playing is almost a little too variable to be clearly identifiable.
Top track: Wasted