May 12, 2022

Steve Dalton is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Sheffield but he has now relocated to Sölvesborg in Southern Sweden. He released a demo several years ago called Steel City which was most appropriate for the City of Steel on which he played everything with the man who gets everywhere, Alessandro Del Vecchio, supplying the vocals with Primitive being Dalton’s official debut album.

Again Dalton has written all of the material and he plays all instruments too with his guitar work being exquisite and he shows himself to be most adept on keyboards, bass and drums. I guess that Dalton would consider himself first and foremost as a guitarist and it is the guitar that is the dominant instrument throughout with plenty of crunching riffs and searing lead guitar breaks but this is not a case of a guitarist entering into indulgence overdrive mode as it is the song itself that is the most important part of the music for Dalton. He has brought in the Brazilian producer Raphael Gazal and he also provides vocals on seven of the nine tracks on the album with the other two songs featuring Ross Griggs and David Saylor the Wild Rose vocalist who is sadly no longer with us.

Dalton delights in delivering melodic metal that melds with hard rock to produce something similar to the superior rock produced by the mercurial Michael Schenker and that is rare praise indeed. The album features great songs with plenty of melody and hooks, thrilling vocals and some outrageously brilliant playing helping to make Primitive a stunning debut from a musician with an amazing skillset and real talent.

Check it out, you will surely not be disappointed.

Primitive

  1. Road To Redemption (6:39)
  2. Shapeshifter (4:32)
  3. 2020 (3:40)
  4. Listen To The Wiseman (4:16)
  5. Rise Above/Victory (5:32)
  6. Digital Prison (4:00)
  7. Bloodstained Eyes (6:15)
  8. Salome – Usurper (7:59)
  9. Where Did The Years Go (4:29)