California Breed: California Breed

Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham try to reclaim old glories

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Everything about this album, not least the lineup, featuring Glenn Hughes alongside Jason Bonham on drums and new guitarist Andrew Watt – suggests it’s the natural successor to Black Country Communion.

The sound, style and attitude reeks of the defunct supergroup, only it doesn’t quite live up to the high standard set by that band over three studio albums. On first listen, this is something of a disappointment, but it does make more of a positive impression after a few listens.

It’s then that the strengths of the powerful Midnight Oil, the smoothly low-key All Falls Down and the atmospheric, coruscating Invisible all make their mark. It’s also when you appreciate that Andrew is a lot more than a Joe Bonamassa copyist. His approach combines technique with a blues-rock spontaneity, and given the opportunity he will develop his own craft.

The seeds are here for this band to blossom. They need time, but will those involved stick it out?

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.