BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION “AFTERGLOW” – Majestic, Classic Hard Rock Still Exists… And It’s Right Here

Black Country Communion – Afterglow is the third studio album from the supergroup that should really be named: Classic Rock Champions. All kidding aside, this Kevin “The Caveman” Shirley produced album is so much more than I expected. With super legendary musicians joining forces with such a prominent producer, the first two BCC albums were magnificent in their own right; only Afterglow is by far the very best out of the three albums from this band, in my Rock infested opinion.

Glenn Hughes wrote the lyrics to every song, with Jason Bonham lending a pen on This Is Your Time and Common Man. With the writing of the music for Afterglow, it’s a collective effort from the entire band, which is broken down so nicely in the liner notes. These four musicians are undoubtedly legends and they have written and recorded a wonderful album of eleven songs.

Afterglow stands out from the first two BCC albums with its unbelievably memorable songs. These are songs that just instantly stick inside my head with their melodies, rhythm, beats and (of course) vocals. Whereas the first two albums had a song or two that may sound like (just above) average offerings, Afterglow is a listening sensation of Classic Hard Rock from beginning to end. My God, I’m tickled to death by Afterglow and I’m strongly considering it to be my top Hard Rock album of 2012… and quite possibly my favorite album across the board from this year!

Watch & listen to below: The Making Of Afterglow – Black Country Communion Episode 1

The sunny skies of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple certainly shine over this album, with Big Train, Afterglow and Confessor (respectively); giving every musical indication that even legends such as BCC will give a nod to other Classic Rock sounds other than their own. Let there be no misunderstanding however, that BCC is a band as original as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Jason Bonham doesn’t over extend on drums (and never has in his career), while Derek Sherinian follows suit on keyboards. I applaud them both for I’m so convinced that the less is more plan of attack always comes out victorious in Rock and Roll. Joe Bonamassa is such a talented guitarist it’s spooky. His lead vocals on Cry Freedom are superb and makes for an added bonus on an album filled with pure Rockin’ magic.

Lead vocals and bass are brought to you by none other than Glenn Hughes. What can I possibly write that has never been written before about this legend of Rock? Glenn Hughes is one of those vocalists walking the planet today with a captivating voice. I listen to Glenn’s vocals and lyrics on The Circle and have to pick my jaw up off the floor each time this song ends. Overall, BCC has whisked my memories back to the slower days when FM radio actually meant something to all of us; while (thankfully) reminding me that majestic Hard Rock can still be created. Metal be thy name.

Black Country Communion Afterglow was released on October 30th, 2012, via J&R Adventures.


Glenn Hughes – lead vocals and bass guitar, (acoustic guitar on The Giver)

Joe Bonamassa – lead and acoustic guitars, (lead vocals on Cry Freedom)

Jason Bonham – drums and percussion, (backing vocals on This Is Your Time)

Derek Sherinian – keyboards


AFTERGLOW – Tracklisting:

Big Train

This Is Your Time

Midnight Sun


Cry Freedom



The Circle

Common Man

The Giver 



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3 Responses to “BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION “AFTERGLOW” – Majestic, Classic Hard Rock Still Exists… And It’s Right Here”

  1. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned Stone, Glenn Hughes is the reason I became a bass player/vocalist. from the moment I heard ‘Burn’ in 74, it was his, not Cov’s vocals that I latched onto, it was his pumping funky rock bass that transported me, not ritchie’s guitar. I backtracked immediately, discovering Trapeze, seeing them live several times, albeit without Glenn- he’d moved onto Purple by then, but I’ve met him several times since, and seen him live on many occasions. He is without peer. Last year, i caught BCC in concert in the Czech republic in torrential rain – they were amazing. the true definition of a supergroup, i.e. greater than the sum of their parts. Their growth over the first two albums and the birth of this subsequent masterpiece – Afterglow- has been a pleasure to behold. They’re channelling the old guard all right, with an energy that screams NOW. I bloody love it! \m/\m/

    • Yes, your loyalty to Glenn Hughes has been mentioned here and I admire it Kev! I bought “Soul Mover” a couple of years ago (prompted by your commentary for sure) and that album stands alone!!!

      I honestly can hear why (through the music) Glenn Hughes has inspired you so! 🙂

      I very much agree with your thought that the energy of BCC screams “now”… this band is so unique, making such stellar Classic Rock that is instantly timeless. \m/\m/

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