The Ferrymen – A New Evil (2019)

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Featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson of Primal Fear, vocalist Ronnie Romero of Rainbow and drummer Mike Terrana of Axel Rudi Pell, The Ferrymen released their debut album in 2017, and have now followed it up with A New Evil.

The resulting album features a heavy, but very melodic style, utilising structure and songwriting to get their point across.  A new Evil features incredible vocals and exceptional guitar work at its fore, but the drumming from Terrana is perfect as well.  It’s epic and cinematic in nature, the kind of music that can you on a real journey.

Don’t Stand in My Way chugs and gallops along until the vocals kick in, and carry it to a new level.  It’s a fantastically grandiose opening track, and sets the mood for what is to come.  Bring Me Home follows up by delivering a song that is all about layers.  There is so much going on here, that one listen simply isn’t enough.

There is a heavy influence of Ronnie James Dio present in the vocals, and the title track is no exception to that rule.  Few singers possess the range that Ronnie Romero shows off here, it makes sense that he was hand picked by Richie Blackmore to front the recent Rainbow tour.

The Night People Rise is gloriously captivating, while Save Your Prayers is a straight forward power metal track.  Heartbeat, on the other hand, sees the band enter ballad territory, for a cinematic saga, full of emotion and theatrics.

Our Own Heroes is the best track on offer.  Taking us as listeners on a voyage from chugging guitars to soaring vocals.  The Ferrymen aren’t just your run of the mill power metal band, there is so much more bubbling away beneath the surface, and it’s exhilarating to discover something new with every listen.

No Matter How Hard We Fall opens soft, before delivering fast guitars, and a chugging riff – not to mention more soaring vocals.  My Dearest Fear is another track with a grand feeling, and You Against the World serves up more of what we’ve now come to expect.

Final track, All We Got, is emotive and immersive, as it pleads with the listener to take a look at the world.  Once again, very well executed.

If I’m being honest, I stumbled across this record by mistake.  It’s turned out to be a good mistake though, because this music is fantastic.

8/10

Shayne McGowan.

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