PROPHET AZAL - "Elijah Returns"
Prophet Azal is the new musical project of American blues-guitarist, singer and song-writer Gypsy “AZAL” Carns. He started performing in clubs in the distant 1963, and took part in different bands and records since 1966. He has already traveled around the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia surprising the audiences with his vocals and his eclectic 12-string bottleneck guitar and Dobro technique. In 1992 he began a spiritual career, after the Holy Spirit has spoken to him about dedicating his life and music to the Lord. In 1994 he moved with his wife to Nashville with the aim of spreading Jesus and God’s words through his music, using the Delta-Blues as a musical format. There Gypsy met Tabby “Zeb” Crabb, owner of Flatwood Studios, who became Gypsy's engineer, producer, best friend and musical companion until 2011, when Tabby regrettably passed away. From 1999 to 2007, "Gypsy Carns" released a series of solo records: “Prayin Blues” (1999, TTM Records); “Beale Street Swing” (2000, Nightfly Records); “Revelation Blues” (2001, live around Peru, Spain, Indonesia, and Russia); “G FoRcE” (2002); “Feel Good!” (2003 live in Paris); “Raw Word” (2004); the DVD “Wailing Wall” (2005); “Gospel Train Coming” (2006, a tribute to Bluesmen Masters from the 1920's and 30's). Due to the closure of Flatwood Studios in 2007, Gypsy began to work with engineer and producer Brad Vosburg (Fox Mountain Studios, Tennessee). Another CD – “The Watchman” was released in same year. In 2008 Gypsy moved to Meridian, Mississippi to work for Peavey Electronics in the Custom Guitar Factory; and won the distinct honor of “Christian Blues Artist of the Year” at the Momentum Awards in Brentwood, TN. Gypsy still released another solo record, entitled “AZA” (2010, TTM Records), and started to work on a new musical project, called Prophet Azal. The debut album, entitled “Elijah Returns”, was released on July 4th 2011 under TTM Records. It is a concept album telling the story of Azal, an American Indian musician that has been chosen by God to reveal to the world the time massages of the Book of Daniel. The songs are written in that context, using the holly scriptures to validate the lyrics. The sonority is a blend of Hard Rock and Classic Heavy Metal, with sturdy rhythm guitars, compact bass and drums, and thunderous slide guitar and strong vocals by Gypsy, who assumes the persona of Azal. With 11 tracks, the album offers 34 minutes of the most enjoyable Hard Rock and Classic Metal, with powerful guitar riffs, electric energy, and sticky choruses. The slide guitar is ever present, either on solos, or making a counterpoint to the vocals. The cadence is sometimes reminiscent of bands like “AC/DC”, “The Rods”, early “Twisted Sister”, “Judas Priest”, and “Stryper”, but combined with the deep voice of Gypsy, the music becomes reminiscent of German Metal bands like “Grave Digger”, “Running Wild”, and “Accept”. The most explosive (and my favorite) tracks summon all energy and force of Classic Heavy Metal, blending “The Rods”, “Judas Priest”, “Grave Digger”, “Accept”, and “Running Wild”. The opening track “Who Can Stand Alone“ brings the impressive voice of God commanding Azal to his task, in a epic track that recalls “Grave Digger”. The following “Change Comin’ Down“ has a pounding riff that recalls me of “The Rods”; while the very best “Am I Immortal“ and “I AM Protects Me“ are closer to “Grave Digger” and “Accept”. Also on this line, the closing track “Elijah Returns“ will satisfy fans of “Judas Priest” and “Running Wild”. For those who prefer the Hard Rock in American style, with more swing on guitars, rocky beats, sticky choruses, and reminiscent of bands like “AC/DC”, “Stryper”, and “Twisted Sister”, the higher mood of “Fifth Trumpet Bloww“ and the contagious slide-guitar solo of “Jesus Gives“ are great options, as well as the rocky “Wells Without Water“ and the “AC/DC”-styled “Kevin’s Law“. The album also has two acoustic ballads, on which Gypsy Azal sings with a soft mellow voice: “Fallen“ and “YAHWEH, You Are All“, which is highlighted by a soulful guitar solo. Vigorous and spirited, the music of Prophet Azal really rocks, being especially recommended for fans of “AC/DC”, “Judas Priest”, “Stryper”, American Hard Rock in general, and Classic Heavy Metal of the German school. Band members and collaborators involved in Prophet Azal are: Gypsy AZAL Carns - Guitars, Vocals; Peavey Power Slide. Studio Band: Michael Brignardello – Bass; Greg Morrow – Drums; Brad Vosburg - Engineer; Producer; Final Mix; Drums on “Fallen” and “YAHWEH, You Are All”. North American Band: Joe Dile – Bass, Vocals; Chis Dile – Drums, Vocals. International Band, Paris: Zizou “the Boss” Sadki – Bass; Stephane “Taz D” Cassaveties – Drums... (Comments by Marcelo Trotta)