Reviews - Battle Scars 

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Battle Scars Various Published Reviews

December 10, 2015


Battle Scars Various Published Reviews

December 09, 2015


Battle Scars Various Published Reviews

December 08, 2015


Battle Scars Review by Innocent Words (Review / Rick Bowen)

December 01, 2015

Walter Trout completes his personal odyssey with a raging final chapter of blistering riffs and bleeding ear anthems of vintage blues rock for ‘Battle Scars.’

His record label was set to celebrate his 25 years as a solo artist, but those plans came to a halt with Trout facing the prospect of emanate death due to liver failure. The new album chronical his two-year battle to survive and his recovery and second chance at life in his 50th year as a guitarist.

Backing Trout and his signature Stratocaster on the 11 songs are his long time backing band of keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure and a new bassist Johnny Griparic. Cut live off the floor, these songs drop the listener smack dab in the middle of their bombastic assault. The lyrics can, at times be rock & roll cliché, but that is probably endemic of facing death and trying to relate the experience as truthful as possible, for the truth isn’t pretty or as poetic as we want it to be.

Trout take us from the beginning of his troubles, on “Almost Gone,” through his long wait for a transplant among the doomed and desperate in “Omaha.” He reflects on his mistakes over a rocking groove during “Tomorrow Seem So Far Away,” delivers another sentimental ballad to his wife Marie “Please Take Me Home,” and Trout dreams of better days during the straight ahead rocker “Fly Away.” The over six minutes blues track “Cold, Cold Ground,” is about as deep, dark and desperate as a man can get. Thankfully Trout offers us a reprieve from the sonic suffering and closes the album with an acoustic testimony of triumph “Gonna Live Again.”

http://innocentwords.com/walter-trout-battle-scars/


John Kessler's Top Ten Blues Albums of 2015

December 04, 2015

Another autobiographical album, from the hard-rocking bluesman Walter Trout. It is a musical document of his life-and-death struggle with, and eventual triumph over liver disease. This is not a feel-good blues album, but it is a powerful piece of work, maybe his finest. You can sense Walter Trout knew these might be his last words; each song captures a moment of his battle and how it affected him and the people around him. Happily he has recovered and has resumed touring.

http://www.kplu.org/post/john-kessler-s-top-ten-blues-albums-2015


Rickey Flake: This week's Sound Check features guitarists galore

'Battle Scars,' Walter Trout (Provogue/Mascot Label Group, HHHH)

This Oct. 23 release features 12 original blues-based songs that narrate Walter Trout's struggles waiting for and finally receiving a liver transplant. This "concept album" is more harrowing than the one above, but guitarist/harmonicat/singer/songwriter Trout and band (keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, new bassist Johnny Griparic and producer Eric Corne) are up to it.

"Almost Gone" sets the pre-transplant stage: Walter's body is shutting down and he can tell that others know it. A siren heralds the beginning of "Omaha," where Trout waited for his transplant while others didn't survive. My other favorites are the rocking "Playing Hideaway," the plaintive "Please Take Me Home," the spooky "Haunted By The Night" and the acoustic "Gonna Live Again."

This is a cool blues-rock album with deeper-than-usual lyrics.


Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/entertainment/article46926305.html#storylink=cpy

 


Battle Scars - Various Press Pages


 


 


 


 


 


 


Battle Scars Review

November 12, 2015  

Walter Trout 
Amager Bio, København

Livet og livsglæden kom tilbage i bluesrocken

Det her var blues og rock helt inde fra sjælen. Blueslegenden Walter Trout er tilbage efter en meget omtalt levertransplantation, som har indeholdt nærdødsoplevelser, djævle på sengekanten og mange andre spooky foreteelser, som det seneste album fra i år, "Battle Scars", vidner om.

MORE http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelse/101244


Battle Scars Review

November 12, 2015  

Tilbbage fra de næsten døde - Walter Trout slår gnister i Amager Bio

Livet og livsglæden kom tilbage i bluesrocken

Det her var blues og rock helt inde fra sjælen. Blueslegenden Walter Trout er tilbage efter en meget omtalt levertransplantation, som har indeholdt nærdødsoplevelser, djævle på sengekanten og mange andre spooky foreteelser, som det seneste album fra i år, "Battle Scars", vidner om.

MORE http://www.bt.dk/musik/tilbbage-fra-de-naesten-doede-walter-trout-slaar-gnister-i-amager-bio


Battle Scars Review

October 20, 2015  

Overlever: Sådan snyder man døden

Walter Trout blev reddet af ny lever, og blueskæmpen virker genfødt på stærkt album

Walter Trout så døden i øjnene i foråret 2014, hvor bluesstjernen var så svækket af leverbetændelse, at han hverken kunne snakke eller genkende sine egne børn.
I slutningen af maj fik Trout endelig en ny lever, og man må så sandelig sige, den virker, for veteranen fra New Jersey lever i bedste velgående på comebackpladen ’Battle Scars’.  MORE http://ekstrabladet.dk/musik/intlalbum/overlever-saadan-snyder-man-doeden/5787275


Battle Scars Review

November 9, 2015  

Article in BT - Danish National newspaper.

Konceraktuel, dødsdømt legende: 'Lægerne gav mig tre dage at leve i'

Af: Steffen Jungersen, steffenjungersen.dk 

Walter Trout havde kun tre dage tilbage at leve i, da han sidste år i sidste øjeblik fik en levertransplantation – nu er den 64-årige guitarist tilbage på landevejen hos sit elskede publikum. I dette interview fortæller han hvor tæt, det var på, at han sidste år havde spillet sin sidste blues.

”The thrill is gone. . . ”

(B.B. King).

Den var så godt som forsvundet i foråret 2014.

Livsgnisten. Dér på hospitalsgangen i Omaha, Nebraska.

http://m.bt.dk/?redirect=www.bt.dk%2Fmusik%2Fkonceraktuel-doedsdoemt-legende-laegerne-gav-mig-tre-dage-at-leve-i


Battle Scars Review

November 16, 2015  

Another live review by a top Danish music critic. "Play us to heaven, Walter," the article states, gives 6 out of 6 stars. It concludes that it would be neat, if only one could bottle the love in that room last night and release it in smaller doses.

SPIL OS AD HIMLEN TIL, WALTER!

Kategori: KONCERTANMELDELSER
Publiceret: TORSDAG, 12. NOVEMBER 2015 16:20





 Og det gjorde Walter Trout så i ren opvisningsstil i Amager Bio med en koncert, som vil blive stående som én af årets af slagsen

WALTER TROUT, Amager Bio, 11.11.

Den er sgu næsten for nem - indrømmet - men Walter Trout er i gigantisk grad genfødt!

Man ville have forsvoret, at den Walter, som onsdag aften diverterede med en regulær masterclass i blues og bluesrock, for kun et godt år siden bogstaveligt talt lå for døden, inden han i sidste øjeblik blev opereret og fik en ny lever.  

http://steffenjungersen.dk/spil-os-ad-himlen-til-walter


Pete Feenstra - Battle Scars Review

November 02, 2015  

Given his near miraculous recovery from liver failure and attendant medical problems, Walter Trout’s ‘Battle Scars’ is an unsurprisingly lyrically heavy opus that takes blues-rock to a new level.

‘Battle Scars’ is much more than the triumph of the will over impossible odds. For while Walter shares his darkest hours with us, his guitar driven blues-rock hits the kind of musical highs that only the inspired can reach for. READ Full Review


Bman's Blues Report

October, 2015  READ Full Review


The Blues PowR Blog

October, 2015  READ Full Review


The Blues Magazine Issue 25

October, 2015  Source: www.teamrock.com

 


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Reviews - Battle Scars 

CD, CD-DeLuxe, LP   Buy now 


Battle Scars Various Published Reviews

December 10, 2015


Battle Scars Various Published Reviews

December 09, 2015


Battle Scars Various Published Reviews

December 08, 2015


Battle Scars Review by Innocent Words (Review / Rick Bowen)

December 01, 2015

Walter Trout completes his personal odyssey with a raging final chapter of blistering riffs and bleeding ear anthems of vintage blues rock for ‘Battle Scars.’

His record label was set to celebrate his 25 years as a solo artist, but those plans came to a halt with Trout facing the prospect of emanate death due to liver failure. The new album chronical his two-year battle to survive and his recovery and second chance at life in his 50th year as a guitarist.

Backing Trout and his signature Stratocaster on the 11 songs are his long time backing band of keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure and a new bassist Johnny Griparic. Cut live off the floor, these songs drop the listener smack dab in the middle of their bombastic assault. The lyrics can, at times be rock & roll cliché, but that is probably endemic of facing death and trying to relate the experience as truthful as possible, for the truth isn’t pretty or as poetic as we want it to be.

Trout take us from the beginning of his troubles, on “Almost Gone,” through his long wait for a transplant among the doomed and desperate in “Omaha.” He reflects on his mistakes over a rocking groove during “Tomorrow Seem So Far Away,” delivers another sentimental ballad to his wife Marie “Please Take Me Home,” and Trout dreams of better days during the straight ahead rocker “Fly Away.” The over six minutes blues track “Cold, Cold Ground,” is about as deep, dark and desperate as a man can get. Thankfully Trout offers us a reprieve from the sonic suffering and closes the album with an acoustic testimony of triumph “Gonna Live Again.”

http://innocentwords.com/walter-trout-battle-scars/


John Kessler's Top Ten Blues Albums of 2015

December 04, 2015

Another autobiographical album, from the hard-rocking bluesman Walter Trout. It is a musical document of his life-and-death struggle with, and eventual triumph over liver disease. This is not a feel-good blues album, but it is a powerful piece of work, maybe his finest. You can sense Walter Trout knew these might be his last words; each song captures a moment of his battle and how it affected him and the people around him. Happily he has recovered and has resumed touring.

http://www.kplu.org/post/john-kessler-s-top-ten-blues-albums-2015


Rickey Flake: This week's Sound Check features guitarists galore

'Battle Scars,' Walter Trout (Provogue/Mascot Label Group, HHHH)

This Oct. 23 release features 12 original blues-based songs that narrate Walter Trout's struggles waiting for and finally receiving a liver transplant. This "concept album" is more harrowing than the one above, but guitarist/harmonicat/singer/songwriter Trout and band (keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, new bassist Johnny Griparic and producer Eric Corne) are up to it.

"Almost Gone" sets the pre-transplant stage: Walter's body is shutting down and he can tell that others know it. A siren heralds the beginning of "Omaha," where Trout waited for his transplant while others didn't survive. My other favorites are the rocking "Playing Hideaway," the plaintive "Please Take Me Home," the spooky "Haunted By The Night" and the acoustic "Gonna Live Again."

This is a cool blues-rock album with deeper-than-usual lyrics.


Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/entertainment/article46926305.html#storylink=cpy

 


Battle Scars - Various Press Pages


 


 


 


 


 


 


Battle Scars Review

November 12, 2015  

Walter Trout 
Amager Bio, København

Livet og livsglæden kom tilbage i bluesrocken

Det her var blues og rock helt inde fra sjælen. Blueslegenden Walter Trout er tilbage efter en meget omtalt levertransplantation, som har indeholdt nærdødsoplevelser, djævle på sengekanten og mange andre spooky foreteelser, som det seneste album fra i år, "Battle Scars", vidner om.

MORE http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelse/101244


Battle Scars Review

November 12, 2015  

Tilbbage fra de næsten døde - Walter Trout slår gnister i Amager Bio

Livet og livsglæden kom tilbage i bluesrocken

Det her var blues og rock helt inde fra sjælen. Blueslegenden Walter Trout er tilbage efter en meget omtalt levertransplantation, som har indeholdt nærdødsoplevelser, djævle på sengekanten og mange andre spooky foreteelser, som det seneste album fra i år, "Battle Scars", vidner om.

MORE http://www.bt.dk/musik/tilbbage-fra-de-naesten-doede-walter-trout-slaar-gnister-i-amager-bio


Battle Scars Review

October 20, 2015  

Overlever: Sådan snyder man døden

Walter Trout blev reddet af ny lever, og blueskæmpen virker genfødt på stærkt album

Walter Trout så døden i øjnene i foråret 2014, hvor bluesstjernen var så svækket af leverbetændelse, at han hverken kunne snakke eller genkende sine egne børn.
I slutningen af maj fik Trout endelig en ny lever, og man må så sandelig sige, den virker, for veteranen fra New Jersey lever i bedste velgående på comebackpladen ’Battle Scars’.  MORE http://ekstrabladet.dk/musik/intlalbum/overlever-saadan-snyder-man-doeden/5787275


Battle Scars Review

November 9, 2015  

Article in BT - Danish National newspaper.

Konceraktuel, dødsdømt legende: 'Lægerne gav mig tre dage at leve i'

Af: Steffen Jungersen, steffenjungersen.dk 

Walter Trout havde kun tre dage tilbage at leve i, da han sidste år i sidste øjeblik fik en levertransplantation – nu er den 64-årige guitarist tilbage på landevejen hos sit elskede publikum. I dette interview fortæller han hvor tæt, det var på, at han sidste år havde spillet sin sidste blues.

”The thrill is gone. . . ”

(B.B. King).

Den var så godt som forsvundet i foråret 2014.

Livsgnisten. Dér på hospitalsgangen i Omaha, Nebraska.

http://m.bt.dk/?redirect=www.bt.dk%2Fmusik%2Fkonceraktuel-doedsdoemt-legende-laegerne-gav-mig-tre-dage-at-leve-i


Battle Scars Review

November 16, 2015  

Another live review by a top Danish music critic. "Play us to heaven, Walter," the article states, gives 6 out of 6 stars. It concludes that it would be neat, if only one could bottle the love in that room last night and release it in smaller doses.

SPIL OS AD HIMLEN TIL, WALTER!

Kategori: KONCERTANMELDELSER
Publiceret: TORSDAG, 12. NOVEMBER 2015 16:20





 Og det gjorde Walter Trout så i ren opvisningsstil i Amager Bio med en koncert, som vil blive stående som én af årets af slagsen

WALTER TROUT, Amager Bio, 11.11.

Den er sgu næsten for nem - indrømmet - men Walter Trout er i gigantisk grad genfødt!

Man ville have forsvoret, at den Walter, som onsdag aften diverterede med en regulær masterclass i blues og bluesrock, for kun et godt år siden bogstaveligt talt lå for døden, inden han i sidste øjeblik blev opereret og fik en ny lever.  

http://steffenjungersen.dk/spil-os-ad-himlen-til-walter


Pete Feenstra - Battle Scars Review

November 02, 2015  

Given his near miraculous recovery from liver failure and attendant medical problems, Walter Trout’s ‘Battle Scars’ is an unsurprisingly lyrically heavy opus that takes blues-rock to a new level.

‘Battle Scars’ is much more than the triumph of the will over impossible odds. For while Walter shares his darkest hours with us, his guitar driven blues-rock hits the kind of musical highs that only the inspired can reach for. READ Full Review


Bman's Blues Report

October, 2015  READ Full Review


The Blues PowR Blog

October, 2015  READ Full Review


The Blues Magazine Issue 25

October, 2015  Source: www.teamrock.com

 




Walter Trout ALIVE Tour 2017