The mighty Judas Priest once said that “You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise.” This song is part of the great album British Steel and says that wisdom doesn’t come only from the elders. Though the album is from 1980, this idea has its origins in the 1960s when the youngster were looking for their place under the sun. In that time, power emanated only from the elders. When you are young you think you know it all, that’s something of the age. It’s kind of natural. Youth has its own, and powerful, energy. But aging really brings some wisdom, I have to say. For instance, when I listen to a band as Hudu Akil with “Eye for An Eye” I immediately recognize all the signs of a Heavy Rock band. This ability comes with age – if desired at all. I really don’t know.
“Eye for An Eye” is a nice piece of a raw and unpolished Heavy Rock as it was done for some bands in the late 1960s. For reasons not so well explained so far, Heavy Rock was an immediate synonim for great musicians and wonderfull musicianship. Ten Years After, Mountain, Cream and others were fine pieces of the best Heavy Rock ever produced. But, then, a Birmingham obscure band with more obscure themes came to light – or dark, if desired – with a raw and unpolished music. This band’s name is Black Sabbath. However, hidden in the lo-fi production there was the mind and the ability of a great musicianship.
In here, Hudu Akil kind of follow this idea with a different thematic and different musican’s skills. The songs follow a main idea. Really interesting indeed when it comes to songwriting whose interesting ideas that embellishes the thick album. The sound of the overdriven guitars works really fine to create the mood and spirit of the 1970s.
The main drive for “Eye for An Eye” is the mix of moodings. From “Intro” to first track “Who Do I Kill” there is a sonic, and inexpected, gap. Well, this tactic really workd for Hudu Akil which did it throughout the album. From where I’m standing, “Eye for An Eye” shows that a band doesn’t have to be that skilled to play Heavy music. Not at all. Some guitar solos are really nieve, but do work fine.
Hudu Akil “Eye for An Eye” was released on August 15th via Jamspace Records.
02. Who Do I Kill
- Hot Pursuit
- Neb Cruiser
- Don’t Look Now
- The Scattered Sun Parade
- Desert Boogie
- Eye for An Eye
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