April 28, 2022

It was in 2020 that Black Swan arrived on the hard rock/heavy metal scene with the triumphant debut album Shake The World which was a real tour-de-force and a major statement of intent from a team of stellar musicians and most deserving of the term supergroup. How can you not get excited when you see a line-up of the calibre of Robin McAuley (lead vocals), Reb Beach (guitars), Jeff Pilson (bass, acoustic guitar, keyboards) and Matt Starr (drums) and you simply know that whatever they serve up you are going to thoroughly enjoy it! Just sit back and consider their individual backgrounds with Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group, Reb Beach of Winger/Whitesnake, Jeff Pilson of Foreigner, The End Machine and ex-Dokken and Matt Starr in Ace Frehley/Mr. Big and together the combination is simply dynamite. The debut was a real stunner fitting neatly into the same rock arena as Rainbow, Whitesnake, Journey and Dio and was a tight and concise monster of an album with a set of songs simply to die for and all delivered with great style and musical excellence.

Generation Mind is the bands most worthy follow up and it is great to see all four musicians back with the new album which is real validation of the project and they have very much picked up where they left off with an album full of killer metal songs that hit you straight between the eyes. Again, the band builds every song up from a base that is very melodic with all the usual expected hooks and vocal harmonies so that each song is immediately accessible and then they add their own individual skills and flair to the proceeding so that you get music that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Robin McAuley is imperious as the bands front man with his exquisite voice that gives the band such an edge and when you have Reb Beach laying down thumping riffs and blistering solos then you know you are in the presence of a genuine metal god. Add then the power of Matt Starr and the outrageous skills of Jeff Pilson then success is guaranteed. Pilson also supplies keyboard which are lush and sumptuous but, in truth, it is the guitar work of Beach that takes your breath away.

If you thought the first album was a work of genius then wait until you hear Generation Mind which is simply going to blow you away.

Generation Mind

  1. Before The Light (1:12)
  2. She Hides Behind (4:46)
  3. Generation Mind (4:26)
  4. Eagles Fly (5:10), See You Cry (4:37)
  5. Killer On The Loose (3:26)
  6. Miracle (4:59)
  7. How Do You Feel (5:38)
  8. Long Way Down (5:22)
  9. Crown (5:22)
  10. Wicked The Day (5:17)
  11. I Will Follow (5:17)