• Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

MoonKings – Adrian Vandenberg Strikes Back with MK II!

As a member of Vandenberg and Whitesnake, Adrian Vandenberg has a reputation of one of the rock and metal world’s finest guitarists. After a long absence, he made a comeback a few years ago with his new band, Adrian Vandenberg’s MoonKings. I will be the first to admit that their first release was a monumental disappointment, feeling like a weak Whitesnake rip-off, with the singer even feeling like a second-rate David Coverdale impersonator.

That said, Mr. Vandenberg and the MoonKings have returned with a second album, MK II. While not exactly coming in with the greatest sense of optimism due to the first album’s disappointing nature, I was hoping that the new release would be more of a return to Adrian’s glory years. The first time was not the best by any means, but does the second time around fare better?



MK II is a solid album, and in all ways a step up from the first MoonKings release. This is a much more bluesy, classic-sounding hard rock album, which lets Mr. Vandenberg step back into the spotlight and do what he does best. The release feels very fresh and old school at the same time, showing that this project of Vandenberg’s may have a lasting future after all. It isn’t the best rock album of the year by any means, but it does show that one of the rock world’s finest guitarists is back in his element, ready to give the fans the music they deserve once again.

Despite the misstep of the first MoonKings release, MK II proves to be a solid second album, and one that is bound to impress all fans of this iconic rock guitarist. There is definitely more than enough here to recommend the release.


By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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