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"Guilty as Sin" (SPV / Steamhammer; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

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"Guilty as Sin" is the latest offering by the much sought-after guitarist / composer / engineer Nikola Kotzev and stands on firm ground as a solid slab of hook-laden hard rock. 

Technically sound and professionally performed, Brazen Abbot's 12-track triumph picks up where the hard rock bands of the '70s left off, mixing energetic compositions with pristinely textured rock music that has balls, bite, and a healthy dose of pride.

Brazen Abbot boasts the rhythm section of Swedish metallers Europe, as well as vocals by the top-notch throats of Joe Lynn Turner, Goran Edman, and Jorn Lande. As you can see, the musicianship here is world class. 

Somewhere in between power metal and melodic Euro metal, Brazen Abbot should appeal to fans of Deep Purple, UFO, Saxon, and the like. 

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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