(Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
Twelve months ago Ryders Creed were readying themselves for the biggest night of their lives after learning they’d bagged one of 10 coveted spots at the annual HRH Highway To Hell showcase in Sheffield.
That the Midlands quintet would go on to finish first was beyond their wildest dreams but the band’s self-titled debut is evidence enough that a hard-earned title was fully deserved.
This rabble-rousing set of singalong rockers is often reminiscent of Little Angels when Scarborough’s finest first burst onto the scene – Set You Free sees frontman Ryan Antony channel his inner Toby Jepson and it works an absolute treat.
Acoustic-led The Only Thing I’m Good At is the sound of a band mature beyond their years and frenetic opener Headspace leans on a Black Stone Cherry-esque riff to kick things off in audacious style.
Antony has the vocal range to play the gut-wrenching balladeer or the balls-to-the-wall rocker and this remarkable album is surely only the start where the Creed’s flamboyant frontman is concerned.
But it would be remiss to ignore the twin guitar threat posed by Lee Spencer and Myles Cooper and it’s their rapid-fire riffing that makes this record so special. Fast forward to Raise The Hoof (a less than subtle reference to the band’s favourite brand of rum) and the punchy Rise and the true potential of Ryders Creed is laid bare.