"A Different Game" (Ripple; 2011)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

According to WikiPedia, Iron Claw were active in 1969-1974, 1993 and 2010 - present. And, as you might guess, the band has gone through a myriad of line-up changes. But, for simplicity's sake, let's ignore all that and concentrate on the latest CD: "A Different Game."

"A Different Game" is a classic hard rock CD that sounds like early the legendary hard rock bands, i.e., UFO, Scorpions, Bachman Turner Overdrive, etc. Strangely enough, Gordon Brown, the vocalist here, sometimes reminds me of a more modern hero: Jack Black of Tenacious D. Those who know my feelings about Tenacious D know that is no dig; in fact, I think Jack Black is a pretty impressive vocalist. Anyway, the resemblance is just passing but enough to take notice and the fact is that Mr. Black was probably more influenced by Mr. Brown than vice versa.

The songs throughout are solid rockers in the classic hard rock vein with bluesy riffs, powerful chords and mid-tempo and faster rhythms. There’s even the typical radio ballad here as well.

Looking for an old school hard rock album that still kicks some serious ass? Look no further than Iron Claw's "A Different Game."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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