THE MADCAP RISING
Released on May 19, 2017 (Arpej)
Say what you will about Steel Panther, they are among the very best at coming up with catchy hooks and melodies in the last ten plus years. When I heard The Madcap‘s debut single “Rock N’ Roll Revolution” more than a year ago, I thought that this was a band — or really an individual in guitarist Deniz Sayman — that could potentially rival Steel Panther in terms of writing catchy hooks, melodies and cool guitar riffs. As it turns out, The Madcap‘s guitarist Deniz Sayman is definitely a good songwriter but not quite at the level that Steel Panther have attained. That being said, he does write catchy tunes with some good variations just like Panther do but sometimes, a little more work is needed to get the songs to that next level.
One prime example is “Storm The Road” which has everything that you need to succeed including a quickly engaging guitar riff, the standard banshee yelp at the start of the song, and a killer female vocalist but somehow the melodies kind of get lost as the song progresses. When The Madcap keep things a little more simple and focused on the great guitar riffs like “Rock N’ Roll Revolution” and “Stepped On A Lego”, the results are stupendous. The Madcap show that they have a lot of versatility as well with their bluesy swingy type track “Long Island Blues” which reminds me a bit of classic Poison when they used to tackle the blues. I am not sure who’s handling the guitar solos — Deniz Sayman or Emre Sarigūn — but not only does each track usually have a good to killer guitar solo but that solo is incorporated so well in the song each time that it feels like a natural extension of the song like Eddie Van Halen used to do in his prime for Van Halen songs. Some of my other favorite tracks on the album are “Aces In My Hand” — with its bluesy and slowed down verses at time and simple but effective chorus — and the bonus track “3 2 1” which happens to be sung by female lead vocalist Izgi Gültekin in Turkish. Oh yeah, The Madcap emanate from the country of Turkey, which I would have never guessed would produce such a great glam rock band.
Another link to Steel Panther is that The Madcap mirror the former’s mantra of not taking itself too seriously except that The Madcap do it in a PG type of way. A song like “Stepped On A Lego” — which is quite catchy and has a killer solo — certainly shows a band with a sense of humour but at an almost child like level or perhaps at a level that a parent with small children might relate to. Another song showing The Madcap‘s PG sense of humour is “Question Of A Lifetime” where the band asks why are all the drummers in the group getting fat and eating all the time. Clearly, The Madcap have a great sense of humour but it will likely not appeal to the more sleaze “fuck like a beast” type rockers out there.
Overall, I really like The Madcap‘s debut album The Madcap Rising. The subject matters that are tackled in The Madcap‘s songs feel too PG for my liking (I guess I am just accustomed to the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll topics) but there’s no question that the Turkish glam rock group’s songs are for the most part well crafted and enjoyable to listen to.
01. Storm The Road
02. Put The Blame On Me
03. Rock N’ Roll Revolution
04. Footsteps In The Sand
05. Stepped On A Lego
06. Long Island Blues
07. Almighty Fear
08. Question Of a Lifetime
09. Aces In My Hand
10. 3 2 1 (TR)
Izgi Gültekin – lead singer
Deniz Sayman – guitars
Emre Sarigūn – guitars
Erman Erkilinç – bass
Faruk Senel – drums
Produced by Alen Konakoglu with Deniz Sayman and Izgi Gültekin
Mastered by Steve Corrao
Recorded by Alen Konakoglu, Tamer Yilmaz and Burak Yildirim (1, 2,4, 6, 7, 8, 10)
Guitars recorded by Deniz Sayman and Emre Sarigūn (1, 2,4, 6, 7, 8, 10)
Edited by Tamer Yilmaz and Burak Yildirim (1, 2,4, 6, 7, 8, 10)
Mixed by Alen Konakoglu (1, 2,4, 6, 7, 8, 10)
Recorded and edited by Ayhan Aydin (3)
Mixed by Ugur Karaman (3)
Recorded and edited by Mert Samur (5, 9)
Mixed by Ismail Okan Özen (5, 9)
Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, July 2017
The Madcap‘s “Rock N Roll Revolution” video:
The Madcap’in, Arpej Yapım etiketiyle yayınlanan “Rock N’ Roll Revolution” isimli tekli çalışması, video klibiyle netd’de.netd Müzik Facebook: http://www.fac…
The Madcap‘s “Stepped On A Lego” video:
The Madcap’in, Arpej Yapım etiketiyle yayınlanan “Stepped on a Lego” isimli tekli çalışması, video klibiyle netd’de.netd Müzik Facebook: http://www.facebook….
The Madcap‘s “Aces In My Hand” video:
The Madcap’ın, Arpej Yapım etiketiyle yayınlanan “Aces In My Hand” isimli tekli çalışması, video klibiyle netd’de.Söz: Deniz SaymanMüzik: Deniz Sayman, İzgi …
The Madcap‘s “Put The Blame On Me” video:
The Madcap’ın, Arpej Yapım etiketiyle yayınlanan “The Madcap Rising” albümünde yer alan “Put The Blame On Me” isimli şarkısı, video klibiyle netd müzik’te.Sö…