“'Roads To Freedom' is my first experience with the Canadian power rock trio, Vince Hawkins & Company Slave, it certainly won't be my last! This is the power trio's sophomore release. The trio serve up a premium blend of rock and serious doses of funk while still being true to their blues roots. There are plenty of straight-up blues and blues-rock songs on this album to keep the hard core blues guitar lover intently occupied throughout. The blistering red hot, "Neighbor" opens the album and set off a chain reaction of sonic blues rock fury with, "Mother Nature", the riff induced mover, "Rock & Roll Is What We Know". The trio also offer up four covers, "Room Full Of Mirror" (Jimi Hendrix)," Koko Blue" (ZZ Top), "Making Time" (The Creation) and smoking take on the Beatles classic, "Taxman". Every note seems familiar, yet somehow fresh. Vince Hawkins bridges the gap between the guitar greats of the 7”
“........."Neighbour" positively bellows an introduction, a clarion call to the riff n' roll Hawkins obviously loves, his vocal hollers and fret growls instinctively complementing a bulging beat and hammering bass line. "Mother Nature" whooshes from the speakers, a six-string assault of urgent accuracy revealing a chorus that keeps you sweet and interested, before "Room Full Of Mirrors" allows drummer Ryan Ferrando to step up to the plate and hit a rope right into next week. The manner in which he brutally caresses his cymbals, while thundering his kick drum and ensnaring his snare, immediately transporting you into the world of Ginger Baker, and giving the Clapton-esque riff decidedly more than a dash of Cream. Put simply it's pretty damn excellent........”
“Vince Hawkins is the man, with guitar chops from hell! His group, known as “Company Slave,” do their thing too -- and quite well. The album is called “Roads to Freedom,” and a quick listen will loosen your bonds, while a thorough listen will actually set you free. Jimi is never far from the proceedings. The band members -- and especially Vince himself -- are clearly Hendrix aficionados, capturing the master’s feel and vibe in a collection of dynamite songs, classic originals with several strong covers. In fact, their cover of Jimi’s “Room Full of Mirrors” is a high point for me, showing what the band is capable of when they are at their best -- which is 99% of the time. In short, Hawkins is a Hendrix disciple that you'll be hearing about quite a bit. He takes the heavy blues-rock power trio to another level all together, no doubt making Jimi proud!”
“If you’re looking for a modern update to the classic ’70s-’80s rock sound that laid the foundation for what we listen to today, then this is a good album for you. Vince’s sound is clearly a hard hitting in your face rock reminiscent of his influences yet won’t leave you wanting to shelf it from a lack of sensibility.”
"ROADS TO FREEDOM" A phenomenal second studio disc by this bad-ass, killer power trio from Canada featuring the amazing Hendrix-inspired heavy guitar talents of Vince Hawkins. Includes 13 awesome tracks of brain-damaging, way-kool, powerful, hard-hitting, blues-based, retro-70s, riffage that defines the true meaning of heavy guitar rock. Combining elements of "old-school" guitar heaviness with a fresh modern twist, the "Roads To Freedom" disc is a serious slice of outstanding guitar rock mojo. Vince Hawkins is a supreme axeripper who lands at true, legit Guitar Hero status on this incredible Grooveyard Records disc that is Highly recommended to fans of: JIMI HENDRIX / ROBIN TROWER / FRANK MARINO & MAHOGANY RUSH. Take a mind-bending deep musical ride with Vince Hawkins & Company Slave on the superb "Roads To Freedom" disc. An essential, super-sonic, dynamic ass-kickin' heavy guitar power trio riff:monster of epic six string proportions.