Artist- Walkway Album – WWIII Genre – Rock/Melodic Release – Date 8th July
The 8th of July marks a special day for ‘Walkway’, which not only includes a launch party for the release of their third album ‘WWIII’ but it is also the night of the bands 1000th show which will take place at Norwich “Waterfront”.’Much anticipated WWIII’ is what you could say promises to be their best album to date as they have found a new level of maturity in their playing and songwriting and although their performances have always been top notch they have added experience with performances in support of the mighty Status Quo, The Darkness, Black Stone Cherry, Slade, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Eric Martin (Mr Big), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow). If you have yet to experience Walkway live it really is highly recommended they are a throwback band to the years of the classic rock giants, and play with a vigour and deliver with such passion you certainly wont be disappointed.
So onto the album itself well what can be said apart from its bloody fantastic, golden nuggets of pure joy with solos a plenty, foot tapping beats and singalong anthemic choruses. WWIII contains music to put a spring into your step with plenty of na-na nas whoas and heys to get you into singalong mode with great vocals from ‘Chris Ready’ which really showcases his vocal ability, ballad ‘Holding On To Letting Go’and the included bonus acoustic version of the track are great examples of just how good a vocalist Chris is, while album opener ‘Stutter’ ‘Kiss Me Hard’ and ‘Get A Grip’ are much more grittier, sleazier with thick rockin riffs and fist pumping beats just whats needed to really send your melodic senses into an orgasmic fit of unbridled ecstasy while all the time ‘Stuttering’ as you ‘Get A Grip’ and scream ‘Kiss Me Hard’
There are three bonus tracks included which includes ‘Mission Impossible’an upbeat singalong almost anthemic track which will have you hey hey’ing foot tapping while restringing your favorite air guitar before crying she is ‘Mission Impossible’.
Perhaps the standout track then is Walkways tribute to the late Status Quo guitarist/singer Rick Parfitt in ‘Rain’ a song that Rick sang vocals on and what a job Walkway have done it is an excellent cover version which also features former Quo drummer John Coghlan taking up drum duties Rick will be looking down with his wry smile and nodding his head in approval.
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