Ten – Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ten – Something Wicked This Way Comes
Frontiers Srl
Release Date: 20/01/2023
Running Time: 56:45 
Review by: Chris Galea
7/10

Ten is a Hard Rock band formed by singer Gary Hughes and inspired by the music of bands such as Magnum and Giant. “Something Wicked This Way Comes” comes mere months after Ten’s previous album, “Here Be Monsters”.

This new album pretty much follows the band’s musical template, established over the course of 15 albums… Which means lots of harmony vocals, songs that sometimes veer close to Pop music and a typically slick sound. Noteworthy moments include the feel-good ‘The Tidal Wave’, the wistful title-track and ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’, a track which closes the album on a positive footing in part due to its catchy keyboard melodies, well-placed guitar solos and infectious refrains. 

Lyrics are for the most part relationship clichés but one of the exceptions is ‘Parabellum’ (Latin for ‘prepare for war’). This starts with a recording of Thatcher bemoaning the Argentine invasion of a foreign territory (the Falklands) and then we hear a newscaster announcing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the former’s threats to anyone that tries to help Ukraine. This song’s music contains some crunching riffs and Prog-like creativeness.

German drummer Markus Kullman (Sinner, Glenn Hughes, Voodoo Circle) lends his expertise to the tracks, but this is very much a song-oriented album.

Not a jaw-dropping album to be honest but it does have its moments.

‘The Tidal Wave’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Look For The Rose
02. Brave New Lie
03. The Tidal Wave
04. Parabellum
05. Something Wicked This Way Comes
06. The Fire And The Rain
07. New Found Hope
08. The Only Way Out
09. When The Darkness Comes
10. The Greatest Show On Earth

LINE-UP:
Gary Hughes – Vocals/Backing Vocals/Rhythm Guitars/Programming
Dann Rosingana – Lead guitar
Steve Grocott – Lead Guitar
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Steve MacKenna – Bass Guitar

Guest:
Marcus Kullman – Drums

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