ALARM 'Guerilla Tactics' 21st Century Recording Company (2008)
Mike Peters and the Alarm
are back with possibly their hardest hitting album in
many a year - less of the acoustic/reflective side of Mike Peters and
and more in your face spiky punk anthems with added rocka beats and
Former G 'N' R guitarist Gilby Clarke handlesproduction duties.
Peters has successfully
battled leukaemia (CCL) and many lyrics on here reflect
on his battle back to fitness. The mainly instrumental opener 'The Opening'
starts the album off nicely with those trademark Alarm guitar chords.
Sevens Clash' harks right back to early Alarm and has a glorious riff
midway through that harks back to 'The Opening'. Easily one of the best
bear the band's name. 'Alarm Calling' keeps the adrenalin pumping whilst
Trap' has that reggae backbeat heard on many late 70's/early 80's New
Wave artists. 'War Cry' is another rallying cry and allows Peters to
whip out his harmonica. The band have really
hit a groove as well as this is the third studio album to feature the
line-up with Peters being joined by Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy),
Grantley (Stiff Little Fingers) and James Stevenson.
Elsewhere there is much
to enjoy like 'Run To The Hills' err ooops 'State Of
Emergency' - sorry but the drum intro is a dead ringer for that Maiden
The uplifting 'Love Hope And Strength' is the only real slow number
on the album
and that maybe the only sticking point for some fans the lack of the
of Peters and the Alarm that could be heard on previous albums, for
This is one of the best
albums by the band - stripped back and in your face just
like the early years. Mike Peters and the band have done it again!