"Evil and Divine" (Frontiers Music, SRL; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

When you hear that Michael Sweet and Tracii Guns are going to work together on a project called Sunbomb, you sit up and take notice. "Evil and Divine," Sunbomb's first CD, is now available and it delivers exactly what you'd expect.

Solid, loud guitars, mostly fast paces, and Sweet's unmistakable voice all come to the forefront on "Evil and Divine," giving the listener a hard rock experience that you'd expect from veterans like Guns and Sweet. Most of the songs are faster paced rockers, with Guns' guitars driving them along, while the Black Sabbath-y "Take Me Away" hammers at your ears like a bulldozer. "Been Said and Done," the album's token ballad, gives Sweet a chance to stretch his vocal chords even a little further. "World Go Wrong," another, slower-paced track, overwhelms you with its wall of sound and epic balance of guitars and voice.

I can't imagine anyone not enjoying Sunbomb if they're a fan of any of the previous projects Sweet and Guns have participated in, and the fact that the two have joined forces only makes Sunbomb all the more interesting.

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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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