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Album Review

Though originally named "Hollywood," the music of Irish classic rock four-piece Glyder evokes the British heavy metal explosion of the 1970s and, more specifically, the distinctive twin-guitar groove rock of fellow countrymen Thin Lizzy. Lizzy's influence pervades the group's second full-length, Playground for Life, at almost every level. Frizzy-haired frontman Tony Cullen doubles as the group's bassist, while the folky, percussive riffing of Bat Kinane and Pete Fisher taps into the Celtic mysticism so effortlessly evoked on Phil Lynott's battle opus "Emerald." Opener "Gamblers Blues" teases the listener with wiry blues licks before launching into a majestic, three-pronged guitar riff replete with glam rock chord stabs and Lynott-esque vagabond imagery. However, it would be unfair to characterize Glyder as mere Lizzy offshoots. The band's sound is an impeccably schooled mixture of early heavy metal and psychedelic hard rock, a formula best represented in epic closer "The Merrygoround," which contains flourishes of Pink Floyd circa Wish You Were Here. Playground for Life sounds great from start to finish, but the songs are not so consistent. While there are a few notable standouts (particularly the title track), the lack of stylistic variation demands a little extra in the songwriting department to sufficiently differentiate the music and, unfortunately, much of Playground for Life lacks this magic ingredient.

Customer Reviews

Glyder are on their way

Glyders sophomore release has earned them their place in the genre of Classic Rock This is modern day Classic rock, think Thin lizzy, early Maiden, Floyd , Rory Gallagher and even a hint of the Boomtown Rats. The first album was heavily influenced by Thin Lizzy with full on Harmony guitars and Lynott-esque vocals and poetic lyrics. This one shows Glyder finding their own ground and unique style. The harmony guitars are still there and the Lynottisms but they definitely sound like themselves. The songwriting has moved up a notch, Clever arrangements , great musicianship add to a sound that is timeless. This album doesnt fit in with anything that seems to be hip or trendy but has a confidence about it that makes me think Glyder are destined for great things. The first listen I though it was good but after five spins its addictive. Download this album and enjoy.

Glyder are Pure Class

This album is pure class! I really liked their debut but I wasn't prepared for this much depth and quality from a second album! The musicianship and songwriting much surpassed more lauded Irish bands! Anything I read about these guys tries to compare them with other acts. They are definitly influenced by Gallagher, Zepplin and Lizzy. But that works for me! This is most certainly their own sound though. If the mighty Phillo was still alive he'd be looking to these guys to see what Lizzy should sound like these days. I cannot wait for the new album!


Great album lads keep it up!!

Playground for Life, Glyder
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  • €8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 01 December 2007

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