ALCATRAZZ – Take No Prisoners (2023) *HQ*
Legendary hard rock outfit ALCATRAZZ is back determined to make up for lost time, roaring forwards at warp factor 10 to deliver ”Take No Prisoners”, their sixth studio album and the third in three years. Comprising of ten cracking, charismatic tracks, with each containing the unique fusion of classic American rock with the full grain hard-rocking attitude of British metal, ”Take No Prisoners” sees Alcatrazz energetically soaring and exploring melodic progression with road-warrior riffs.
Lead single “Don’t Get Mad…Get Even” sees the band collaborating with GIRLSCHOOL in a full-force, head-banging fist-pumper, while “Little Viper” rides a scything guitar into a thunderous, Dio-like assault. The band also show their calmer, more expansive side with the epic “Strangers”, but when an album finishes at the burn point of “Bring On The Rawk”, there can be no question that Alcatrazz’s collective boot is repeatedly kicking serious ass.
Comprised of Doogie White (vocals), Joe Stump (guitars), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards), Gary Shea (bass) and Larry Paterson (drums), and with Giles Lavery and Waldo producing, ”Take No Prisoners” is a loudly, and proudly classic rock album which draws on the Alcatrazz traditions of technically excellent screaming guitars, thunderous rhythm and the sort of vocals and overall aura that evoke prime Dio and Rainbow.
And, of course, a primed and fully-tuned up Alcatrazz, whose career is fast taking on Benjamin Button proportions. The ”Take No Prisoners” tour should be a lot of fun.
01 – Little Viper
02 – Don’t Get Mad…Get Even (feat. Girlschool)
03 – Battlelines
04 – Strangers
05 – Gates of Destiny
06 – Alcatrazz
07 – Holy Roller (Love’s Temple)
08 – Power in Numbers
09 – Salute the Colours
10 – Bring on the Rawk
Doogie White (vocals)
Joe Stump (guitars)
Jimmy Waldo (keyboards)
Gary Shea (bass)
Larry Paterson (drums)