Screaming Eagles: Stand Up And Be Counted

Confident second from the Co. Down AC/DC.

Why you can trust Louder Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Chris Fry’s sandpaper howl is the Screaming Eagles’ main asset, as they look to expand their fan base far beyond Northern Ireland.

Breakin’ All The Rules’ title doesn’t exactly sum up a band heavily indebted to the 80s, AC/DC especially, but its relentless swagger, chanted choruses, slide guitar and stormy blues beat pummel you into submission anyway. This is tough, unadventurous but satisfying melodic rock, content with clichés on Bow Down To The Blues, and majoring in rallying cries defying all doubters.

There are signs of growing imagination on the Iron Butterfly-style atmosphere of Streets Of Gold. For now, though, they’re giving their all to a familiar formula they know ain’t broke.

Classic Rock 214: New albums M-Z

Nick Hasted

Nick Hasted writes about film, music, books and comics for Classic Rock, The Independent, Uncut, Jazzwise and The Arts Desk. He has published three books: The Dark Story of Eminem (2002), You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks (2011), and Jack White: How He Built An Empire From The Blues (2016).