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Gerfast – Legendary Grooves (CD)

Magic Music – Year: 2021 Country: Sweden

Swedish blues rock guitarist Jan Gerfast has been around for quite a few years. He released his first album, “Rollin’ With The Blues,” in 1992, and this is his 9th album (counting the “Electric Power Blues” compilation on Grooveyard Records). The new CD starts lazy with the track “Love” and picks it up a notch with the lyrically current funky song “No More.” “Shame On You” takes it down a bit again, and “in “Running Out Of Time,” we’re leaving the electric land, and it’s all acoustic. Comparing “Legendary Grooves” to Gerfast’s early albums, I notice two things I’m not a huge fan of. The amount of distortion on the guitar has decreased, and the vocal vibrato has increased. Honestly, it has been a while since I heard a Gerfast album, and this is a little bit too lightweight for my taste. It’s not a bad album, just a bit too clean and slick for my taste. However, it does really pick up in the album’s closer “Psychedelic Blue,” I wish the rest of the material would’ve been more in this vein.

By Janne Stark

I'm a Swedish guitarist, writer, and record collector. I've recorded a bunch of albums/C.D.s with bands like OVERDRIVE, LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, BALLS, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, ZELLO, PLANET ALLIANCE, plus made guest appearances on stuff by NARNIA, AUDIOVISION, CHRIS CATENA, FAITH, BLINDED COLONY, THALAMUS, M.O.B., TOWER OF STONE, VII GATES, etc. I'm currently involved in the following bands/projects: GRAND DESIGN, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, OVERDRIVE, ZOOM CLUB, and CONSTANCIA. I've been writing for magazines like FUZZ, Backstage, Kool Kat News, Hard Roxx, Sweden Rock Magazine, etc. I still write for, and, plus I'm the author of the three volumes of "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Metal"! I have a lovely wife, two crazy cats and two beautiful daughters.