Red Dragon Cartel - Red Dragon Cartel review

Red Dragon Cartel is the long- awaited return by guitarist Jake E Lee, Ozzy Osbourne's axe slinger of choice in the mid 80s (Ronnie Mancuso, DJ Smith, Jonas Fairley and guests complete the line-up).

Indeed, album opener, Deceived, harks back to Lee's most famous Ozzy-era song, Bark At The Moon. Tracks such as Fall From The Sky and Redeem Me have a more modern touch, akin to Velvet Revolver, while the riff-driven Whitesnake-esque War Machine takes us back to the 80s once again. If 30-year-old rock delivered with conviction floats your boat, this is a good listen.

3 out of 5

Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.