NO HOT ASHES – No Hot Ashes
The Northern Irish rockers in No Hot Ashes have finally released their debut album and if you consider yourself a fan of either classic rock or melodic rock then I strongly suggest that you pay attention to this one.
The opening track “Come Alive” has to be one of the strongest AOR/melodic rock tunes that yours truly has come across lately. Utter brilliance! “Satisfied” features one of the coolest melodies one can imagine and once again, the vocals are just amazing. The same goes for the riveting “Glow”. The stomping and energetic “Jonny Redhead” is like a mixture of Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple (the Coverdale/Hughes era), and Bad Company, which is obviously a huge compliment. Album closer Running Red Lights is a fiery piece that ensures we end on a high note and feel the urgent need to spin the record again. There are nods and winks to Journey, Foreigner, and Thin Lizzy throughout the album, but there is something wonderful and magical about the way in which these Irish gentlemen weave their splendid and magnificent melodies together to such great effect. It is as if No Hot Ashes have a way of expressing themselves through their music that is quite unique even though it is unquestionably rooted in classic rock dating back to the 70s and 80s. Eamon Nancarrow’s warm and pleasant voice is irresistible and sound delightfully passionate. There is a heartfelt and melancholy quality to them that simply rules, but then the musicianship as a whole is most impressive and each member sounds inspired and totally immersed in the song material here. You can tell that these guys are veterans and know exactly how to craft great songs with staying power.
This self-titled effort contains ten mighty fine compositions that are way better than most of what passes as gold old fashioned rock these days and there is no shortage of hook-laden songs and memorable moments on this one, trust me on that.