Jack Russell’s Great White - He Saw It Comin' album review

Great White, but without the sharpness

Cover Art for Jack Russell' Great White - He Saw It Comin'

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In the late 80s, Great White were among America’s best hard rockers. Today’s band, though, is vocalist Jack Russell’s vision. And while he was a crucial part of those glory days, without Mark Kendall’s gliding guitar there’s something missing.

He Saw It Comin’ mirrors what Great White did on their Once Bitten… and …Twice Shy albums, bit it lacks the depth and streamlined class of what has gone before. Tony Montana does a decent job in the Michael Lardie role on guitar and keyboards, but guitarist Robby Lochner isn’t in Kendall’s league.

Still, Love Don’t Live Here is a powerful pop-rock anthem, and My Addiction is stealth-dark. This is a competent album, just don’t expect anything to match their past.

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 (opens in new tab), 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.