Jeff Angell’s Staticland - Jeff Angell’s Staticland album review

Mood-swinging blues.

Jeff Angell’s Staticland album cover

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This is what happens to Walking Papers when Duff McKagan returns to Guns N’ Roses. Or, what two of the Papers get up to. Vocalist/guitarist Jeff Angell and keyboard player Benjamin Anderson have indulged themselves with an album that offers much of the same downbeat blues you’d expect from Walking Papers. But there are a few outstanding differences.

The mean groove of Phantom Limb, the slow-burning angst on Nola, the painfully priapic If You Only Knew and the vulnerable acoustic apocalypse of Let The Healing Begin… these are brilliant, evocative and show this is more than two musos killing time before the master returns. Annoyingly, there is too much treading of the expected path. There’s promise, though.

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.