…With tracks that range in style from the haunting album opener Dreaming Of The Dead through the satirical Heavy Metal Cowboy, the seriously heavy Outrageous to the weirdness of The Prophets of Doom, McCoy is certainly not afraid to mix things up a bit. And he doesn’t ignore the ballads, giving us Don’t Walk Away and Josephine amongst others.
But one thing that stands out is McCoy’s somewhat off the wall sense of humour, as shown by the opening of Steamtrain and, even more so from the epic Pythonesque The List. I can’t finish without mentioning what is probably the most unusual track on the album, Hawaiians 2 Electrolux 1 a track that consists of some Hawaiian guitar music, supplied by Arthur Guitar, accompanying a selection of dialogue from the classic British comedy film Our Man In Havana, followed by a long conversation with a telephone sales woman from Electrolux. Definitely not for the faint hearted, some of it may take some getting used to, but it’s well worth the effort.
Adrian Lyth, “Highway To Hell”
“The gems are so plentiful that it is difficult to single out a few for discussion..Fans of British hard rock are highly encouraged to pick up these discs, all others should trade in their N’SYNCH and SPICE GIRLS for a real bit of rock before you rot your brains with that stuff!”
“On The Record”, Music America magazine
John McCoy is a well known bass player known as much for his musical skills as he is for his bald head, dark glasses and beard. For this album he has teamed up with Al Romano on guitar and vocal and Michael Sciotto on drums to produce an excellent heavy rock album…
Alistair Flynn, Classic Rock Society (September 2002)
Solid and slick hard rock throughout, it’s guaranteed to get your head nodding…Slip on them split-knee ‘loons for a smile or two in between the more serious offerings.
Joe Geesin, Record Collector (October 2002)
Bassist John McCoy is best known as GILLAN member, but he also released a bunch of records under the moniker MCCOY. ‘Brainstorm’ is one of these albums, a very diverse record that contains Hardrock, AOR, and instrumental soundtrack pieces…I can really recommend this CD to AOR fans, although MCCOY/GILLAN fans should also grab this album a.s.a.p.! (8/10)
Strutter magazine (August 2003)