Belfast rockers Maverick continue their amazing momentum with the follow-up to their 2016 smashing release, 'Big Red', with, 'Cold Star Dancer' which is simply loaded with memorable adrenaline pumping guitar driven anthems. Comprised of, David Balfour on vocals, Ryan Balfour on guitar, Richie Diver - bass and Jonathan Millar on drums. The album was produced by Neal Calderwood in the Manor Park Studios in Belfast. The new album sounds huge and is mixed clearly with great performances from all band members which is all then taken to a whole new level with awesome hook filled vocals and packed with of killer guitar solos. The entire album is pretty stunning but some highlights include the cracking opener, "Dusk/Cold Star Dancer", followed up by the riff intense movers, "Myrmidon" and "Kiss Of Fire". The rest of album is highlighted by other rocking tracks like, "Goodbye", "Ex Machina" and "Seize The Day". David Balfour's vocals cut through nicely and Ryan Balfour's guitar playing energizes every track giving them extra attitude and swagger. While the rhythm section of Diver and Millar keep the whole unit grounded.I was curious to hear how the band would top, 2016's 'Big Red' and after listening to this new album, I have to say, Maverick have exceeded my expectations. They have done it yet again and produced another amazing hard rock album with so much energy that it makes you feel like you're listening to one of the best live shows you've ever experienced. 'Cold Star Dancer' is a likely contender to be one of the best hard rock albums released this year and solidifies Maverick as one of the finest hard rock bands to come onto the scene.
- Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society