By Scott Bampton
Music reviewers love to throw the word “legend” around. But when your lineup looks like Black Country Communion, it’s time to strap on a mitt for catching practice. Because the team sheet reads: “Legend, Legend, Legend, and Legend.” And when you hit play on BCCIV, you better be ready for a few curveballs. The UK-US band’s third studio album, to be released September 22nd on Mascot Records, is an ambitious and eclectic, joint songwriting venture between blues rock guitar king Joe Bonamassa and evergreen Deep Purple vocalist/bassist, Glenn Hughes. The lineup is completed by Jason (son of John) Bonham and keyboard virtuoso and session player to the stars, Derek Sherinian. So, if the word “supergroup” doesn’t quite sell it, then “rock’n’roll royalty” is surely no understatement.
The BCCIV royal decree begins with anthemic opener “Collide.” Complete with a purposely lazy false start, the track has more than a faint haze of ‘70s stoner rock; the soaring, screaming vocal line and stomping beat are pure Led Zeppelin, but that was perhaps inevitable considering who’s behind the drum kit. And while the song was written in half a day, Bonham’s beat will rattle around in your head for far longer.