Classic hard rock masters VOODOO CIRCLE proudly present their new music video, filmed for the title track (and latest single) of their new album, „Locked & Loaded“. The clip was directed by Kai Swillus (Buntmetall). „Locked & Loaded“ (Digipak, colored Vinyl) was released on January 15th.
If you ask the fans of German hard rock act Voodoo Circle about the most impressive line-up in the band’s history, they will vote almost unanimously for the one that recorded the second album “Broken Heart Syndrome” (2011). At that time, band mastermind, guitarist and main songwriter Alex Beyrodt was supported by three excellent musicians, namely vocalist David Readman (Pink Cream 69), bassist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and drummer Markus Kullman (Glenn Hughes, among others). So it comes as no surprise that Beyrodt is proud and happy to be able to present the return of that outstanding team on Voodoo Circle’s latest release, Locked & Loaded. “This constellation presents Voodoo Circle at its strongest, especially since the new material is practically tailored to our classic line-up,” the exceptional guitarist explains.
From the opener ‘Flesh & Bone’ and the two subsequent tracks, it’s apparent what Beyrodt is talking about: the band celebrates a powerful, deeply melodic hybrid of hard rock and melodic metal, featuring succinct quotations and bluesy elements, interspersed with intelligent references to their own icons. “The truth is that I had written a dozen songs fairly early, before Mat and I got together and decided that we wanted to embark on a slightly more retro and 70’s-oriented direction. Once the return of David and Markus was a fact, I sat down again and wrote some more numbers with that 70’s vibe concept at the back of my mind. Because we absolutely wanted David’s charismatic voice and Markus’s brilliant drumming to play a prominent part in those new songs.“
It turned out to be a wise decision to adapt the stylistic direction of Locked & Loaded to the current personnel situation: Voodoo Circle have achieved a perfect mélange of different influences. There are at least three numbers (‘Wasting Time’, ‘Magic Woman Chile’ and ‘Devil With An Angel Smile’) that bring to mind that famous airship, while the above-mentioned ‘Flesh & Bone’ and ‘Eyes Full Of Tears’ are an unmistakable homage to Whitesnake and their more bluesy approach. “Here you can hear David highlight impressively how much depth his voice has,” enthuses Beyrodt, adding with a wink: “And the title ‘Straight For The Heart’ indicates where the journey is going.”