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It may be just the right time for Radio Moscow to step forward and stake their claim.

Not to be confused with Brian Tatler's outfit formed following the demise of Diamond Head, Radio Moscow is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Parker Griggs. Formed in 2003 in Iowa, 'Magical Dirt' is the bands fourth studio album or fifth if you include their odds and sods demo collection '3 & 3 Quarters' released a couple of years back.

Adopting the classic Power Trio approach, 'Magical...' pays homage to the likes of Cream and Blue Cheer with heavy groove based riffs with a genuine 1970s feel. While Griggs takes centre stage with some tremendous riffs and screaming solos which would give Frank Marino a run for his money, drummer Paul Marrone must also take a bow with some of the most frantic drumming this side of Mitch Mitchell and Keith Moon.

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'So Alone' and 'Death Of A Queen' Rock hard, while 'Sweet Lil' Thing' and 'Stinging' have more of a Delta Blues vibe with Griggs delivering some fine, grimy slide guitar. RM sound on this album like the sort of band that would be ferocious live, cutting loose and going off on extended jams. That feel is captured on this album but you can just tell that it's in a sweaty club where these guys really break free.

The retro 1970s style certainly seems to be growing in popularity and maybe it just feels more authentic and devoid of over production that many modern albums generally suffer from. With Rival Sons, Monster Truck and Graveyard all making waves, it may be just the right time for Radio Moscow to step forward and stake their claim and with 'Magical Dirt', they may have the album to do just that.

Mick Burgess

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