In den nächsten Tagen versuche ich die Tourdates und die Release Dates wieder auf den aktuellen Stand zu bringen.
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Also, keep on rocking!

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Donnerstag, 30. Dezember 2010

CD Review: MELIDIAN - Lost in the Wild (Re-Release)

( Rock Candy Records / Release Date: 22.11.2010 )

Ihr werdet euch sicher Fragen: Was will er den mit diesem ollen Teil?

Ganz einfach. Ich habe mir dieses Juwel aus dem Jahre 1989 ausgesucht, da Rock Candy Records am 22. November die CD nochmals auf den Markt brachte.
Chris Wade (Gesang) und Dave Clark Howell (Bass) gründeten die Band im Jahr 1989, nachdem Sie mit Ihren Demos einen Plattenvertrag ergattern konnten. Heraus gekommen ist ein sehr durchgängiges, absolut empfehlenswertes und bei Sammlern mittlerweile sehr beliebtes, Debut. Der Sound ist dem Jahrgang entsprechend ziemlich Keyboard-lastig, was der Qualität aber keinen Abbruch tut. In „READY  TO ROCK“, „FIRE UP THE HEART“ und der Mega-Ballade „SLEEPLESS NIGHTS“ sind drei absolute Knaller auf dieser Scheibe enthalten. „HANDS OFF“ und „TOP OF THE ROCK“ ist was für die Rocker, die restlichen Songs sehe ich unter der Kategorie Füllmaterial. Wobei dieses nicht unbedingt schlecht sein muss.
Ein Klassiker, der den Sound der späten 80er gut wieder spiegelt. Warum sich diese Band nicht durchgesetzt hat? Aus meiner Sicht waren sie für den Rocker der damaligen Zeit zu soft und für die breite Masse einfach zu hart. Somit sind sie über den Kultstatus leider nicht hinausgekommen.

So long und keep on rocking.


CD Review: EBC ROXX - Winners Vol. 1

(Jrblackmore-Records , Twilight / Release Date: 17.09.2010 )

Hier haben wir mal wieder eines dieser Werke am Start, bei denen man als "Kritiker" absolut keinen Plan hat, was man dazu schreiben soll. Das ist eine nette, tausendmal gehörte und aus meiner Sicht überflüssigste CD, die mir die letzten Jahre zwischen die Finger gekommen ist. Es sind eingängige Songs, das stimmt. Das liegt aber daran, das sie alle gleich klingen. Einen Song gehört, braucht man sich den Rest nicht mehr anhören. Daher werde ich mich hier auch auf keinen Anspieltipp oder sonstigen Track-Analyse einlassen.
Ich finde hier sollte sich jeder sein eigenes Bild machen. Bei den Motorsport-Begeisterten mag es ja gut ankommen, aber bei den Musik-Begeisterten????

Keep on rockin.

Wertung: 1 von 5 Gitarren

Donnerstag, 23. Dezember 2010

Interview: VEGA

Morgen ist Heilig Abend und dann die beiden Weihnachtsfeiertage. Jetzt habe ich vor diesen Festtagen noch ein Interview mit der neuen britischen Band VEGA für Euch! Die Band brachte am 03. Dezember ein starkes Debüt in die Plattenläden. Im Interview geht VEGA auch auf  einzelne Songs ein. Viel Spaß beim Lesen.

Hi, I am Michael and welcome to Melodic-Rock-Inside.com. Thank you for having time for the interview. I have some question for you.

1.    Could you tell us please what are you currently up to? 

We have just finished a couple of gigs with Danny Vaughn and we have had a whole load of press and promo to do. This afternoon I am being brave and hitting the shops to finally do some Christmas shopping!

2.    Could you take us through the songs on your debut album “Kiss of Life” (such as ideas behind the songs, songwriting process)?

I was channel hopping one night and there was nothing on (as usual), then i stumbled on to the film “Into the Wild” which is based on the true story of Chris McCandless. He let go of all material possessions and went native. Throughout the film it had Eddie Vedder doing his “folk” thing which was nice, but I thought it deserved a “rock” contribution! Lyrically it is based on the film’s message and musically we discussed having a Billy Idol style rocker. Written July 7th 2009

This was the song that we are most proud of. It just ticks all the boxes for us. We love the atmosphere of the verse and the BIG chorus. For us, it was always going to be the centre of attention for the album (hence the album title). The “Kiss of life” can be anything that gets you out of a hole you can sometimes find yourself. It can be a person’s actions something someone says or you just wake up one morning and say “enough of this shit, let’s get on with living”. Written JULY 15th 2009

Haha. Tom and Jim were my inspiration on this one. They live life in reverse. Throughout the years they have taken a lot of shit from people for being the way they are. But here’s the thing, Tom and Jim don’t ever hide who they are and how they live or have lived their lives. If you come in to their backward lives they will be honest from the start so you know what you are getting in to. It works great for us though because it means VEGA is active 24/7. Dan and me run the day shift and Tom and Jim run the night shift. For this track we just wanted to do a Def Leppard inspired song. We always talked about how good it would be to hear a crowd chanting the chorus..........can’t wait. Written August 25th 2009

I remember being on the phone to Tom when I heard Jim playing the riff in the background. I think Jim was just tinkering with ideas and I said stop tinkering that sounds great. It didn’t take long for the backing track to arrive. There are quite a few different subject matters through-out the album because quite honestly there are too many “hearts beating as one” lyrics out there lol, but this one is about a dysfunctional relationship. Sometimes you can’t avoid the pain that goes hand in hand with love and there are something’s you just don’t want to know about and would rather bury your head in the sand. Written  August 13th 2009

Too young for wings
As usual this one started out as a conversation about the kind of song we wanted to write. We had written a big AOR ballad called” A wing and a Prayer” but it didn’t really fit with what we were doing. Once we decided the vibe we wanted T and J set to it. The next day when i got the backing I knew instantly what it would be about. The music is really beautiful and full of emotion and didn’t deserve a lyric about lost love etc. My inspiration was my daughter. Once you have kids everything changes and you spend the rest of your life worrying about them. In the cd booklet we dedicate the song to the VEGA kids (Dan has been busier than me and has 3, haha). Written August 17th 2009

I would say this is the heaviest track on the album. It was not what I expected the guys to come out with so i was pleasantly surprised when I got the music. I thought they were going in to WAR PIGS at the start! Lyrically is was inspired by the front pages of all the newspapers showing pictures of the hearse’s driving through the streets with the soldiers lost in Afganistan. It seemed that everyone was questioning what was going on and how things were being handled especially when Gordon Brown wrote his letter of condolence to a family and spelt their sons name wrong. We can’t expect our leaders to know every soldiers name but these men and women need to be more than just “another“ soldier. Written August 20th 2009

I think of all the songs on the album, this one has the potential to cross over to mainstream. We just wanted a really hooky pop/rocker. We wanted to verse to be very mellow and then big up the chorus. I pictured a film in my mind when i wrote the lyric. It would be great to do a video for this. Written October 8th 2009

We originally intended to write this as the album’s opening track. There is so much going on in this musically. I think this sums up Tom and Jim really well. Jim put in some great keyboard lines (some are even a bit “dance”) and Tom adds some great guitar nuances that you may not notice are there but you would notice if they were taken away. Once again, when we go out live I can’t wait to hear the audience sing this one back so c’mon guys and girls, all you gotta do is sing “hey hey hey” lol. Written August 17th 2009

My old mucker Steve Newman will claim to have come up with this title first but I say bollocks.....The Faces did! Haha. This was always going to go on the album. Just a real bright, fun rock track.  We recorded the album in two stages. We did 3 songs together in August so we could seal the deal with Frontiers and then we did the rest in November. Tom and Jim wanted to do this in the original 3 but Dan and me pushed for “Here comes the Rain”. We did “Rain” but that ended up as the bonus track! 1-0 twins. Written July 13th 2009.

I don’t have anything against the X-Factor as an entertainment show, but please don’t call it a talent show!! The whole set up is fake, fixed, whatever. That’s what this is about, fake people, fake lives and “fitting in”. The music we love is not en-vogue right now, but we have to stick to our guns and do what we love otherwise what’s the point? Written October 8th 2009

This is as AOR as we get and we love it! I guess this is the BIG ballad of the album but it still rocks. I love Jims intro on the piano, very haunting. I’m sure we could have tried to make this sound more current, but why? It is what it is and we are very proud of it. Written September 3rd 2009

When we first demoed this we thought it was great but it would be the bonus. When we recorded it, we were blown away at how it turned out! It sounds huge and it was one of the moments in the studio where we all had massive grins across our faces on playback. Loads of stuff going on (John Greatwood had fun mixing this one, ahem) and all held together by the rock solid Dan Chantrey on drums. Dan really is an unsung hero on this album. He has the ability to go mad all over the songs but he doesn’t. He plays for the songs and I think that is a rare trait in drummers these days who tend to want to sound like they are juggling drums all the time. Written September 9th 2009


3. Have you been pleased with the reaction to the debut album from fans and reviewers?                
It's been amazing. We weren't sure if it was gonna sit well with fans of pure AOR but it seems that they are all liking the the different spin we have put on it and I think they have found it refreshing. You can never please everyone though so I am sure the negative reviews or fans will soon rear their ugly heads LOL.

4. How did VEGA come together? 

Tom and James had the go ahead from Frontiers to put together a "project". They approached me in early summer 2009 and asked if I would do it and I said I would give it a go. After we had written the first 3 songs we knew that this was more than a project and decided to give it our undivided attention. VEGA is 100% a proper band now, not a project!

5. Are there any plans for live dates in Europe or specially in Germany and how easy/hard is it to get a decent run of tour dates? 

Our Agent is looking at a few things now so we hope to have some Euro dates next year. We have a few things lined up but we really want to hit the festivals next year. Getting tour dates is tough because it cost's money haha. We just need to pick and choose the best gigs so we can make the most of it.

6. You are releasing this album on the Italian label Frontiers Records – how did you hook up with them? 

Tom and James have had a relationship with them for years now and they have been writing songs for Frontiers artists. I think they finally decided that they wanted to have an album out themselves. lol

7. How hard/easy has it been to get yourself and your music known? How do you view downloads – do they help or hinder new artists? 

Fortunately Frontiers has a good PR machine so people are aware of us and our album. As for downloads......well it's good and bad. We all use to tape our friends albums in the old days didn't we? Downloading is just on a bigger scale. I guess at our current level it doesn't affect us so much because we don't expect to make any money off "kiss of life", so any exposure is great. Howevr, down the road it will be an issue.

8. What do you do in your spare time outside of music? 

I have a beautiful daughter who I spend as much time with as possible.  I love the escapism of watching a movie but even in my spare time I still like to be doing something musical.
9. What really gets on your nerves and really annoys you at the moment?

The student riots in the UK. If they believe they are so right why do they feel the need to cover their faces? Bunch od fucking free loading pricks!! Only annoys me a little bit. haha

10. Message to your fans... 

Thank you for buying/downloading Kiss of life, we hope to be able to play it to you in person next year! All the best.

Thank you and I hope we will see us at tour in the future in Germany. I wish you good luck with your debut album “Kiss of Life” and I wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

CD Review: WHITE WIDDOW - White Widdow

( AOR Heaven / Release Date: 29.10.2010 )

Einen musikalisch großartigen Gruß erhalten wir in diesem Jahr auch aus dem Land der Kängurus und der unendlichen Weiten, nämlich aus Australien. Die Melodic-Rocker von White Widdow beschallen uns mit ihrem gleichnamigen Debütalbum. Und das die Jungs was drauf haben steht nach dem ersten Durchgang außer Zweifel. Hier trifft der klassische Melodic-Rock auf die Einflüsse der aktuellen Melodic-Rock Tendenzen. Die Band, die aus Trent Wilson (Bass), Jules Mills (Gesang), Enzo Almanzi (Gitarre), Xavier Mills (Keyboards) und Jim Naish (Schlagzeug) besteht, wird eine gewisse Ähnlichkeit zu Warrant nachgesagt. Das liegt wohl an der Stimme von Jules Mills, die in weiten Strecken an die von Jani Lane erinnert. Die Musik ist ausgewogen und richtet sich mehr an die AOR, den an die Hard-Rock-Fraktion. Einflüsse von Bands wie Survivor, Toto oder Journey sind unüberhörbar. Das Album ist für ein Debüt auf sehr hohem Niveau. Trotz allem ragt für mich ein Song besonders heraus: "Broken hearts won't last forever" ist ein absolut radiofreundlicher Song. Da es aber keine der Radiosender in Deutschland wagen wird, dieses Lied der breiten Masse vorzuspielen, wird White Widdow (vorerst) nur eingefleischten Fans des Genres ein Begriff sein.
Dieses Album empfehlen wir allen Fans guten AOR und Fans, der im Review aufgeführten Bands. Der Rest sollte sich einen kurzen Durchlauf geben, bevor sie eine Kaufentscheidung treffen. Alles in allem freue ich mich auf das nächste Werk der Jungs um Jules Mills.
Keep on rockin.


WERTUNG: 4,5 von 5 Gitarren

CD Review: BAD CITY - Welcome to the Wasteland

( WEA Atlantic / Release Date: 24.08.2010 )

Bad City? Wer soll das den sein, war mein erster Gedanke. Habe die Band vorher nicht gekannt. Das hat sich mit den ersten Tönen Ihres Debüts "Welcome to the wasteland" ganz schnell geändert. Das Album sprüht nur so vor Spielfreude, Kraft und jede Menge Spaß. Die Band stammt aus den Staaten, was im Sound, der eine Mischung aus Kiss, Danger Danger, Poison und Whitesnake ist, exzellent zu hören ist. Die Produktion strotzt nur so vor Kraft. Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass die Jungs so einige Stadien der Welt rocken werden. Die Songs sind geradlinig und haben enormes Live-Potential. Meine absoluten Favoriten auf "Welcome to the wasteland" sind die coolen Rocker "Touch", "Call Paul Stanely", "Do you believe in rock'n'roll", "Showdown in the Central Park" und die wunderschöne Ballade "Fire in the pouring rain". Ich bin mir sicher, das wir von Bad City, die sich aus Josh Caddy (Gesang), Tom Schleiter (Gitarre), Max Perenchio (Gitarre), Jake Serek (Bass) und Kevin Kane (Schlagzeug) zusammensetzt, in Zukunft noch sehr viel hören werden.
Fazit: Ein absolutes Muss für jeden Fan der o.a. Bands. Auf diesem Debüt lässt sich aufbauen. Ich freue mich schon auf die nächste CD von Bad City.
Keep on rockin.

Wertung: 4,5 von 5 Gitarren

Samstag, 18. Dezember 2010

Interview: George Rain ( SEBASTIEN )

SEBASTIEN haben mich mit ihrem Debut sehr überrascht, deshalb habe ich einige Fragen an George Rain von SEBASTIEN gestellt. George (Gesang, Gitarre) war für das Songwriting (zusammen mit Andy Mons, Gitarre) auf "Tears of White Rose" mitverantwortlich ( hier geht es zum Review)
Hier ist das Interview....

Hi George, I am Michael and welcome to Melodic-Rock-Inside.com. Thank you for having time for the interview. I have some question for you.

1. What are you currently up to?

George Rain: Hello, Michael! :-) I have a lot of work around the band right now, but it’s great!!! People are finally interested in our music and we feel really satisfied... We are planning the video and some touring for next year, I’m writing some new music, etc. I live in UK right now and I moved from Perthshire to Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago, so now I’m looking for some job here…

2. Could you take us through the great album „Tears of white roses“ and some of the ideas/stories behind the songs please...

GR: The most of the songs are connected by main topics – the good and evil inside us; and life and death from many points of view. The rose can be the personification of the human being – during its short life it presents beauty and harmony, but it’s all predestined to die. It seems sad, but we can find the hope in continuing of our souls – our story becomes never-ending…    You know, I have the Master degree in cultural history – I am the collector of medieval coins and old books from 18th and 19th century, so, history was always my big inspiration as well… For example the song “Fields Of Chlum” was inspired by the battle between Austria and Prussia in 1866 A.D. It happened about 20 kilometers from my town in Czech Republic and many people died that day… The song is written from the view of one killed young man – like saying the last goodbye to his fiancée. For “Dorian” we borrowed the name of Oscar Wilde’s character, Dorian Gray, to personalize the evil side inside us all. “Femme Fatale” is about the fatal love, “Silver Water” means the moment of dying like the “wake up call” to the other side and “Phoenix Rising” is about rising from the darkness in our lives… For the rest of our songs you have to check the album! :-)

3. How has the reaction been so far, from reviewers and fans to the album?

GR: All reactions ‘till this day are much better than we ever hoped!!! You can read about twenty reviews from many countries in our myspace profile and they are all positive! We are really happy, because we believed in the material from the beginning and we worked really hard to reach this kind of quality… Now we can see that it all makes a sense! 

4. My favorite song on “Tears of white roses” is “Remiel in flames”. Which song is your favourite and why?

GR: We have the similar taste, man! :-) I love “Remiel…”, because it was the last song I composed for this album… It’s really a powerful one and I really love that energy! But I like all of our songs – you know, we created them all and it’s like with your own children – you love them all and you can’t choose the most favorite one… :-)

5.   Are there any plans for live dates in Germany and how easy/hard is it to get a decent run of tour dates?

GR: It’s too soon now, because we are just starting to plan our live dates for 2011… In the best way we would like to go through Europe, but unfortunately I can’t say anything more concrete right now… 

6.  If given the chance which bands would you like to tour with and why?

GR: We would really like to play with anyone of our guests!!! We are fans of their bands and if it would happen, we could perform the songs with their guest-parts live, which should be fantastic… But we know how busy they are, so we will try to manage it somehow else… And, if we are talking about our dreams, to play with KAMELOT would be fantastic, for example…

7.   How did you hook-up with Escape Music and is this a long term deal? 

Looking back do you think the problems you have had with labels going under; having poor distribution etc has hindered the band getting your music out to the fans?
GR: It was Mike DiMeo who gave me the contact to Khalil Turk from Escape Music… I sent him an e-mail and he liked our music… So, after some discussions with Roland Grapow and Apollo Papathanasio, we made a record deal with them and I have to say we are still satisfied, because they believe in our album and their promotion is big enough! We signed it for three years, so we are looking forward to do our second album with Escape as well… In the past it was really difficult for us to let people know that we are here! :-) All of our demos and CDs were released in an independent way, so everything was only up to us and we weren’t so experienced, so we couldn’t promote us in other countries, you know… But times are changing, we grew up and now we are here with a clear vision and with an album we believe in! You can expect big things! :-)

8.  When you are not so busy and hopefully you find time to relax. What do you like to do to relax?

GR: I’m living in Edinburgh, so, when I have a time, I like chatting with my band-mates and friends from Czech Republic… And I love history; I’m always reading some books about it – but not some boring ones :-) …I can strongly recommend writers like Carlo Ginzburg, Georges Duby or Jean Delumeau!!! I am the collector of medieval coins and books from 18th and 19th century as well, but my biggest hobby is music, of course, so I like writing and arranging some new stuff the most! That’s what I’m thinking about almost every day… :-)  

9.  What really gets on your nerves and really annoys you at the moment?

GR: :-) Oh, I’m not a furious kind of person, haha!!! It’s not so easy to make me angry and, in general, I’m trying to have a positive mind, our album is out now, my big dream is coming true, so, I think I’m a happy person! :-)

10.  Message to your fans...

I would like to say: if you are fans of melody rock/metal, try to visit our myspace profile (www.myspace.com/sebastienband) or our new web-sites (www.sebastienofficial.com) and check our music! We hope you will like it. I was working almost for the whole year on Scottish farms, where I lived in a caravan, just to make money for this crazy project. :-) We did our best to prepare the great exceptional album for you and we believe in your support… STAY ROCK!!! :-)

Thank you, George, and I hope we will see us at to ur in the future in Germany. I wish you good luck with your début album “Tears of white roses”.

CD Review: GOLDEN RESURRECTION - Glory to my King

( Liljegren Records / Release Date: 03.12.2010 )

"Glory to my King" ist von Christian Liljegren´s (Ex-Narnia, Audiovision, Divinefire) neuer Band GOLDEN RESURRECTION. An seiner Seite wirkt hier Gitarrist Tommy Hansen (ReinXeed) mit, welcher auch großen Einfluss auf das Songwriting hatte. GOLDEN RESURRECTION spielen guten Melodic-Metal mit christlichen Texten. Hervorzuheben sind, nach meinem Empfinden, der Titelsong "Glory to my King" und das leicht nach Manowar klingende "Proud to wear the holy Cross". Ansonsten ist das komplette Album überdurchschnittlich gut und überzeugt mit Melodie und Eingängigkeit. Ein gelungener erster Output gelang GOLDEN RESURRECTION hier mit "Glory to my King". Eine Bitte habe ich, auch wer nichts mit christlichen Texten/Bands anfangen kann, sollte sich an dieses Werk der schwedischen Melodic-Metal-Band nähern und sich diese auch anhören – ihr werdet von den musikalischen Fähigkeiten der Band überrascht sein.

Wertung: 3,5 von 5 Gitarren

CD Review: HARDCORE CIRCUS - Wake up Call

( Silverside Records / Release Date: 03.12.2010 )

Wer ist HARDCORE CIRCUS? Das sind Jorgen "Jojje" Bolmstad (Surround) Gesang und Gitarre, Joakim Bloohm (Randy Piper's Animal) Schlagzeug, Nalley Pahlsson (Treat, Therion, Last Autumn's Dream, Vindictiv) am Bass, C.J. Grimmark (Narnia, Rob Rock) an der Gitarre, Mats Leven (Yngwie J Malmsteen, Therion, Treat, Swedish Erotica). Die Band begann 2009 als ein Projekt und jetzt wurde das Debüt "Wake up Call" veröffentlicht. Die klare und druckvolle Produktion wurde von J.Bloohm und J. Bolmstad aufgenommen und abgemischt. Zum Sound den die Band macht, kann man sagen, dass es Melodic-Heavy-Rock mit starken Metal-Einfluß ist. Die Songs auf "Wake up Call" sind größtenteils eingängig, hervorzuheben sind aber das groovige "Queen of Dirt" und der wuchtige Song "Miracle". Auch das Skid Row-lastige "Tattooed Junkies" sollte nicht unerwähnt bleiben. Ist "Wake up Call" ein gutes oder schlechtes Album? Schwer zu sagen! Es ist eine solide Band mit starken Elementen von den einzelnen Bandmitgliedern. Ihr solltet am Besten eure eigene Meinung über "Wake up Call" von HARDCORE CIRCUS bilden und das Album anhören.
Wertung: 3,5 von 5 Gitarren

Donnerstag, 16. Dezember 2010

Interview: Russel Allen ( Allen-Lande / Symphony X)

Russell Allen von ALLEN/LANDE und SYMPHONY X hat sich Zeit genommen einige Fragen für Melodic-Rock-Inside.com zu beantworten.

Hi Russell, I am Michael from Melodic-Rock-Inside.com. Thank you for having time for the interview. I have some question for you.
1.What are you currently up to?

At the moment I'm wrapping up the new Symphony X record and then finishing my solo album

2. Could you take us through your excellent new album "The Showdown" and some of the ideas/stories behind the songs please...

Well, to be quite honest with you Magnus would know more then anyone the stories behind the music since he wrote it. My journey began when I recieved the demo recordings and started the sone selection process. I was drawn immediatly to Copernicus. I felt I could really do that song justice. I love the release in that song. Turn all into gold is another tune I heard some magic in. If a song has that special somthing it inspires me and there was no shortage of that on this album.

3. How has the reaction been so far, from reviewers and fans to the album? Are you pleased with the reviews and reaction to it?

The reaction has been great. I'm very happy with the response we've been getting. It's very exciting.

4. What is your plan in the next years? Are you plan some more ALLEN/LANDE Records?

I hope we are. I enjoy doing them. This year will be very busy for me as I start touring with Symphony X and releasing my second solo album later in the year.

5. Where do you get your songwriting ideas from and who musically is an influence on you?

I'm very much influenced by classic rock. I really feel a connection to the early roots of rock music. It has inspired me my whole career. I've always tried to put a little bit of that magic in everything I do.

6. What's in the pipeline now?

New Symphony X and touring

7. How hard/easy has it been to get yourself and your music known? How do you view downloads do they help or hinder new artists?

It's all good. The more people know about you the better. You'll make your money eventually but you need an audience to play to and good music will find an audience. You just have to perceiver.

8. What really gets on your nerves and really annoys you at the moment?

Reality shows on the History Channel... It's driving me crazy :)
9. Message to your fans...

I can't thank you enough for your support and I hope you all enjoy the album as much as we did making it
Thank you Russell, good luck with your album and all the best for the future.

CD Review: STAR ONE - Victims of the modern age

( Inside Out / Release Date: 29.10.2010 )

Das langersehnte zweite Album von Star One "Victims of the modern age", das bereits seit dem 29.10. in den Plattenläden und Downloadportalen erhältlich ist, hält das, was es im Vorfeld an Erwartungen gegeben hat. Das Project um Mastermind Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex Vengance, Stream of passion, ex Bodine) ist DAS Album des Jahres geworden. Durchdachte Arragements, hammergeiler Sound und vorallem ein grandioses Line up. Für das zweite Album gewann Mr. Lucassen neben den alten bekannten Russel Allen (Symphony X), Dan Swanö (Nightingale), Damian Wilson (ex Threshold) und Floor Jansen (After Forever) sind noch folgende Musiker vertreten: Dave Brock (Hawkwind), Ed Warby (Gorefest), Jens Johansson (Masterplan), Gery Werhkamp (Shadow Gallery), Jost van den Broek (After Forever) und Peter Vink (ex Q65, ex Finch) vertreten. Als Gastsänger ergänzen Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath), Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Fullforce) und Rodney Blaze (Blaze) das Who-is-Who des Projektes. Mit dem Album "Victims of the modern age" ist es Herrn Lucassen gelungen, einen weiteren Meilenstein zu setzen.
Einzelne Titel hervorzuheben würde dem Gesamt(kunst)werk nicht gerecht. Hier ist das Konzept das Ziel. Dieses wurde mit absoluter Perfektion mehr als erreicht.
Fazit: Ein Album das sich jeder Rockfan, egal welche Vorlieben er hegt, bedenkenlos kaufen kann, nein er muss es haben. Ansonsten fehlt ihm ein grandioses Meisterwerk.

Keep on rockin.

Wertung: 5+ von 5 Gitarren

CD Review: AVIAN - From The Depths Of Time (Re-Release)

( Blinding Force Recordings / Release Date: 26.10.2010 )

"From The Depths of Time" ist ein Re-Release des Debüts der amerikanischen Power-/Progressiv-Metal Band AVIAN. Das Album erschien ursprünglich im Jahre 2005 und wurde nun vom bandeigenen Label Blinding Force Recordings neu veröffentlicht. Der Unterschied zur Erstpressung von 2005 ist, dass auf der Neuveröffentlichung von "From the Depths of time" drei unveröffentlichte Songs enthalten sind. Hervorzuheben ist, das Mitwirken von Lance King (Pyramaze, Balance of Power ) als Sänger und Dave Ellefson (Ex-Megadeth) am Bass sowie als Produzent.

AVIAN's Re-Release "From the Depths of time" überzeugt mit kraftvollem, melodischem und abwechslungsreichem US-Power-/Prog-Metal. Hört euch einfach die Scheibe an, wenn ihr dieses Genre mögt.

Wertung:  3 von 5 Gitarren

Montag, 13. Dezember 2010

Interview: Marcie Free ( Unruly Child)

Im Oktober wurde das Comeback-Album "Worlds collide" von UNRULY CHILD veröffentlicht. Sängerin Marcie Free stellte sich jetzt einigen Fragen von Melodic-Rock-Inside. 

Hi, I am Michael from Melodic-Rock-Inside.com. Thank you for having time to answer some questions.
1. Could you tell us please what are you currently up to?
Marcie:  I am working for a world wide banking conglomerate as a mortgage underwiter.  I like my job and the people I work with.  Everyone knows all about who I am and my past.  I get respect and my life is just a normal every day life.  I live in a wonderful home with my dog.  Not to mention being the lead singer of Unruly Child.  But I think you already knew that!  :-)  
2. The new UNRULY CHILD Album was released at 15th October. Could you take us through the excellent new album “Worlds collide“ and some of the ideas/stories behind the songs please...

Marcie:  Well we came back together as a result of me getting sober about two and a half years ago.  Bruce and I started to talk on the phone again and we would fantasize putting the band back together. But nothing was ever discussed seriously until one day last May 2009.  But me getting sober is the key as I would probably not have been in the right state of mind to accept the responsibility of giving back the gift I feel God has blessed me with.  I am much more in tune with my God and feel grateful today for what God has given me as a result of being sober.  So many wonderful things have happened.  Being blinded by drugs and alcohol keeps you in spiritual bondage and in an ungrateful state of being.  The record was recorded and written in four months starting mid December 2009 to April 2010.  All the songs are brand new.  I call them little gifts from heaven.  Because that's what they felt like when we were inspired to write them.  I think this is some of the best stuff I have ever done.  
3. Where does the band get their song writing ideas from and who musically is an influence on you all?
 Marcie:  Bruce and Guy wrote the majority of the songs, I can only speak for myself when I write.  I wait for the spirit to come upon me before I attempt to write.  The day I wrote "You Don't Understand" for instance.  I didn't intend to write a song that day.  I was sitting in my studio waiting for my computer to boot up and saw my acoustic guitar sitting next to me.  Something moved me to pick it up and Whammo!  Out came this song lyrics and all in less than fifteen minutes.  I love it when that happens. I was shaking as it felt like I was taken by the ankles and turned upside down and it was shaken out of me.  That's pretty much how I write.  I had so many influences growing up there are too many to mention.  If you go on my myspace page sometime you can read who I have felt influenced me over the years.  I tried to think of everyone.  But I still may have missed quite a few.
4. The band recently reformed in the original line up, how did this come about?
Marcie:  As I said I got sober and was doing my morning prayers one day last May.  I was moved by the spirit to pick up an old daily affirmations book I have.  I hadn't read it in years.  I turned to the page for the day we were in and read the affirmation.  It talked about how when were are born God gives us all certain gifts or talents that are uniquely ours. It is our responsibility to find out what those gifts are and develop them so we can give them back to humankind to make life on earth more enjoyable for others and for ourselves.  This also honors God for giving us the gifts.  It is a whole ebb and flow thing.  We give in order to receive.  In and out.  That's what it's all about.  I made a pact that day that if God where to ever send another musical opportunity my way I would gladly accept it to honor him and be of service to my fellow man/woman.  Two weeks later Bruce called to ask me if I would be interested in signing a contract with Frontiers to record another Unruly Child record.  I just laughed and said, Thank you God.
5. What were the highlights of UNRULY CHILD in the past? Looking back if you could change anything what would it be and why?
Marcie:  I would say the way we came together.  Like it was all meant to be. How I had known Guy Allison for many years and always admired his talent but was never in a position to be in the same band as he.  Also when I suggested the name Unruly Child they all loved it immediately.  I knew I had finally found my long lost brothers in rock.  Then everything just fell into place.  Like after we made demos of pretty much the entire record and I sent the tape over to my ex-manager Herbie Herbert from Signal and he passed it to Beau Hill who loved it and signed us almost immediately.  I say almost because he didn't sign us until Bruce and I wrote "On The Rise".  That cinched the deal for us.

6. Are there any plans for live dates in Germany and how easy/hard is it to get a decent run of tour dates?
Marcie:  We are definitely talking about going on the road this summer 2011.  Hopefully we can make that happen.  We encourage all promoters and booking agents to contact us via our website: www.unrulychild.net  We will entertain all offers and see if we can budget it.  It costs money to go on the road.  Especially having to come from the U.S.  But we look forward to the opportunity.
7. How do you view the internet and downloads? How has the internet helped get your music out there?
Marcie:  I remember reading an article one day back I think it was 1987 or maybe 88 where the music business was thinking of going digital and I remember thinking that it was going to be the basic downfall of the music industry.  It was like letting the genie out of the bottle.  Opening Pandora's box if you will.  Once they signed over the rights to Japanese and Chinese manufactures to make the digital format, players and all I knew it was only the beginning before it would end up making recorders as well.  That ended up destroying the music industry as we knew it.  It was almost a fitting prophecy for a corrupt business who had raped and pillaged the artists for so many years.  People now who steal our music and put up bogus websites and make bootlegs.  It's a shame.  So many evil criminals in the world.  I would only say that just because we can do something, doesn't mean we should.  Hopefully the fans at large will not support people like that.

8. What really gets on your nerves and really annoys you at the moment?
Marcie:  Criminals and ignorance.  There's no excuse for it other than sheer laziness.
9. What do you like doing with your spare time outside of music?
Marcie:  I love spending time with my loving dog.  Putting a fire in the fireplace and reading a good book. Writing my life story with my ex-wife Heidi.
10. Message to your fans...

Marcie:  Hi everyone!  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year coming up.  I hope you all know how much I love you and appreciate your love and support all these many years.  I hope we can meet someday when we come to your town.  Keep the faith.  

Love always,

Thank you and I hope we will see us at tour in the future. I wish you much success with the new UNRULY CHILD album “Worlds collide “.

CD Review: MORITZ - Undivided

( Harmony Factory / Release Date: 10.12.2010 )

Moritz are back. Das ist eine Nachricht, die viele Freunde des 80er Jahre AOR-Rocks mehr als erfreut. Im Style von Nightranger, Journey, Survivor, Foreingner & Co. rocken die Mannen um Frontmann Pete Scallan so richtig ab. "Undivided" ist ein wahres Sammelsurium an 80s influenced Sounds. Zur Band gehören, neben Mr. Scallan, Greg Hart (Guitars), Mike Nolan (Guitars), Ian Edwards (Bass), Andy Stewart (Keyboard, Piano) und Mike Neaves (Drums). Der Sound klingt trotz der ganzen 80er Anleihen sehr frisch und modern. Somit reihen sich Moritz mit "Undivided" neben Veröffentlichungen wie First Signal, Stan Bush, Houston oder Terry Brock in den Reigen derer ein, die es unheimlich gut verstehen, die Basics der 80er mit den modernen Einflüssen zu kombinieren. Die Songs sind alle sehr keyboardlastig, was sich in der Qualität und dem Druck der Musik nicht negativ bemerkbar macht. Mit "Undivided" liegt mal wieder ein Album im Player, das ich ohne Bedenken jedem AOR/Melodic-Rock Fan empfehlen kann, da man den Silberling mehrmals hintereinander anhören kann, ohne dabei Langeweile oder Eintönigkeit zu empfinden.
Moritz haben mit "Undivided" ein Album auf dem Markt gebracht, das einfach wie die berühmte Faust aufs Auge passt. Und es unterstreicht nochmals, das der Melodic/AOR - Rock im Jahr 2010 noch lange nicht ausgestorben ist.

Keep on rockin.

Wertung: 4,5 von 5 Gitarren

Sonntag, 12. Dezember 2010

CD Review: KOREA - The Delirium Suite

(Sound Pollution / Release Date: 10.12.2010 )

Korea? Da klingelt es doch bei den meisten Fans der melodischen Klänge aus den 90ern. Genauer gesagt aus dem Jahre 1992. Diese Leute muss ich leider enttäuschen. Bei dieser Band handelt es sich nicht um besagte Combo. Vielmehr geht es um eine 2003 in Schweden gegründete Rockband.
Das Line-up besteht aus: Michael Ehrnsten (Gesang), Robert Bunke (Bass), Dennis Ehrnsten (Drums) und Mats Karpestam (Gitarre). Anfangs wurde die Band vom Amerikaner Blake Althen produziert und gefördert. Nach den Aufnahmen zur selbstbetitelten EP trennten sich Korea aber von Mr. Althen, da er es nicht verstand, die Band so klingen zu lassen, wie es sich Ehrnsten & Co. vorstellten. So dauerte es bis ins Jahr 2008 bis das Debüt "For the present purpose" erschien. Dieses Album wurde in der einschlägigen Presse in höchsten Tönen gelobt. Nun, 2 Jahre später, folgt der 2te Longplayer mit "The Delirium Suite". Mit einer Mischung aus 30 Seconds to Mars, HIM und Negative bewegen sich Korea auf einem sehr hohem musikalischen Niveau. Die Songs sind zwar nicht so eingängig wie bei den vorgenannten Bands, bestechen aber durch Wucht und die Kraft der Aufnahmen. Leider ist auf "The Deliruim Suite" nichts wirklich überragendes zu finden. Daher ist es ein durchschnittliches Album geworden. 

Keep on rockin.

Wertung: 3 von 5 Gitarren

CD Review: NELSON - Perfect Storm/After the Rain World Tour 1991

( Frontiers Records / Release Date: 03.12.2010 )

Das dritte Album der NELSON Brüder innerhalb eines Monats, ist wie der Titel " Perfect Storm - After the rain World Tour 1991" schon sagt, ein Live-Album von der damaligen World Tour. Der Sound ist nicht schlecht, aber es gab schon bessere Live-Mitschnitte in diesem Jahr diverser Bands. Auf „Perfect Strom – After the rain World Tour 1991“ ist das komplette Debüt-Album „After the Rain“ enthalten, sowie ein Drum- und Gitarrensolo. Auch der Song „Two hearts are better than one“ vom Kultfilm „Bill & Ted’s verrückte Reise durch die Zeit“ ist als Live-Version vorhanden.

Track Liste: 1. On With the Show! 2. Fill You Up 3. More than Ever 4. Only Time Will Tell 5. Uluru 6. Will You Love Me 7. (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection 8. Two Heads Are Better Than One 9. Bits and Pieces 10. After the Rain 11. The Legend 12. Thank You and Goodnight 13. Interlude 14. Everywhere I Go 15. Keep One Heart

Mittwoch, 8. Dezember 2010

Interview: Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle)

Hi Rock-Fans, es steht wieder ein Interview zum Veröffentlichen an. Diesmal mit keinem geringeren als mit ZAK STEVENS von CIRCLE II CIRCLE. Vielen dürfte Zak auch noch bekannt sein aus seiner Zeit bei SAVATAGE.
Hi Zak, I am Michael and welcome to Melodic-Rock-Inside.com. Thank you for having time for the interview. I have some question for you.
Thanks Michael!
1. Could you tell us please what are you currently up to?
We are currently touring and promoting our new CD, Consequence of Power. We just finished our European tour in October and we are now on tour in November and December 2010 in the U.S. Heading into 2011 we’ll be heading to Brazil in early February and then back to Europe in Spring 2011.
2. Could you take us through the songs on the new CIRCLE II CIRCLE album “Consequence of Power” (such as ideas behind the songs, song writing process)?
The song writing process has pretty much been the same for the last 3 CD's. Mitch, our bassist, writes the music side of things and I write all the lyrics and melodies. As for the story itself, I would say it's a CD you have to put in and listen from beginning to end to follow the whole story line. We developed the story line and each song represents a chapter in the story in order as it occurs in the story. Judging from the feel of the song riff in the beginning of the writing process for each song, we decide where the song might fit into the story and then we go from there. The song and the music feed off each other and the story and the music are both affected by each other. It’s a really fun process writing these CIIC concept albums.
3. How has the reaction been so far, from reviewers and fans to the album?
We're getting GREAT reviews from the fans AND from the press. COP is making noise out there already! Now that we've been touring it, we're seeing it face to face with the fans! The dedication of our fans is incredible, and they are singing the lyrics right along with me even more than usual on songs from this new album.
4. What's in the pipeline now?
We're going to continue to tour throughout 2011. At that point we'll probably take some time to write another CD. Mitch is already working on music for number 6 and I must say the stuff I've heard so far sounds amazing. We’re dedicated to a new five year plan for touring and album making that will be far more extensive than anything we’ve done in the past, so get ready…..

5. From your career to date what would you change in hindsight if you could and why?

Looking back there all always things you wish that could happen differently. The music business is very difficult, even through so-called “good” times. So there isn’t a lot you can actually change even if you wanted to. In my situation, I took the positives and the areas of strength and continued my career after Savatage, so my path was pretty obvious. So now CIIC has completed five albums in eight years, which is pretty much exactly what I was able to accomplish in Savatage. So the release of C.O.P is a milestone for CIIC in a way. I’ve just sort of gone with the flow of events throughout my career and made the necessary adjustments along the way. I think that’s really all you can do in this business nowadays if you want to weather the storm.

6. Any good rock 'n' roll tales to tell?
To tell you the truth, every show has a set of tales so the tales are endless in rock-n-roll. But one of the oddest things I saw was when we were in Brazil with Savatage, a crazy fan jumped on top of our tour bus and the driver sped away to try and get the guy off the top of the bus. That’s dangerous to begin with, but the fan grabbed on and laid on top of the bus as we sped through Sao Paulo. We then called the man “The Chupra Cabra”, and finally the guy jumped off the bus into a grassy ditch and rolled for about 20 feet, but he got up and continued walking. It was one of the scariest and strangest things I’ve ever seen on tour….
7. How hard/easy has it been to get yourself and your music known? How do you view downloads – do they help or hinder new artists?
It's an entirely different business now than it was when I was in Savatage (and Machines of Grace before that). Now everyone has a studio in their house and can release pretty good sounding stuff. With the influence of the internet you can now have music heard by millions of people on MySpace or Facebook. I would say the positive is that side of it is that people can check you out without having to purchase the music right away. The negative side is that it's so easy to get music out there, the market is now very saturated and people are getting new records for free which is putting a lot of music labels out of business.
8. Who have been the biggest musical influences on you and why?
Growing up as a kid in the 80’s and 90’s, I was pretty much influenced by singers like the late Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Davis Coverdale, Geoff Tate, and previous music at the time like Deep Purple and Ian Gillian, and Boston, for example.
9. What really gets on your nerves and really annoys you at the moment?
Since it’s the holiday season and all that, there are a lot of home shopping networks blasting their products and the salespeople on those shows have to use their hands dramatically and often while they sell the products on the air. They’ve obviously been told that you can sell more products if you wave your hands around in the air profusely and ridiculously. So at the moment, this is very annoying to me and I want to throw the TV through a window if I’m forced to watch this Home Shopping Network any longer!!!
10. Message to your fans...
Thanks so very much for your undying support! Without you, we couldn't be CIIC! And we know that more than anyone…We’ll see everyone soon in spring/summer 2011 in Germany, and we can’t wait to take the stage for you once again.
Thank you and I hope we will see us in the future in Germany. I wish you good luck for your new album.
Thank you Michael! We'll be seeing you again real soon!

Montag, 6. Dezember 2010

CD Review: VEGA - Kiss of Life

( Frontiers Records / Release Date: 03.12.2010 )

VEGA, eine neue britische Band, bestehend aus dem ehemaligen KICK-Member Nick Workman und den Brüdern Tom und James Martin. Beide waren in den letzten Jahren für Bands wie DANGER DANGER und House of Lords für das Songwriting mit verantwortlich. Abgemischt wurde das Album "Kiss of Life" von keinem geringeren als Denis Ward (Pink Cream 69). "Kiss of Life" ist ein melodisches AOR-Album, welches klar und sauber produziert wurde. Die Scheibe wird eher die Melodic-Rock/AOR Liebhaber ansprechen, spezielle diejenigen, die ruhigere Rockmusik mögen. Aber das heißt jetzt nicht, das "Kiss of Life" ein langweiliges Album ist - keines Falls. Vega haben ein abwechslungsreiches und auch absolut hörenswertes Album kreiert, dass mit sagenhaften, kraftvollen Gesang, prächtigen Hooklines und guten Riffs überzeugen kann. Die Brüder Martin zeigen auch, dass sie großartige Songwriter sind und Songs mit Harmonie, Gefühl, Melodie und auch der nötigen Power schreiben können.
"Kiss of life" ist ein AOR-Album der oberen Klasse, es kann voll und ganz überzeugen. Jeder Song hat definitiv großes Hitpotenzial. Mein Persönlicher Hit auf dem Debüt von VEGA ist "Hearts of glass". Für AOR und Melodicrock Fans ein MUST-HAVE!
Wertung: 4,5 von 5 Gitarren

CD Review: NELSON - Before the Rain

(Frontiers Records / Release Date: 03.12.2010 )

Letzten Monat erschien das Comeback-Album "Lighting strikes twice" von den Nelson Brüdern Matthew und Gunnar. Am 3. Dezember bringt Frontiers Records eine besondere Scheibe von NELSON auf den Markt. Der Titel "Before the Storm". Was ist daran besonders? Zwanzig Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung ihres Debüts "After the Rain", erscheint nun ein Album mit den Demos von damals. Zusätzlich wurden auch die Songs, die es nicht auf das erfolgreiche Debüt schafften, draufgepackt. Alle Songs entstanden zwischen 1986 und 1990. Die Produktion von "Before the Storm" ist in Ordnung, aber natürlich nicht wie eine heutige.

Wer richtig guten US-Rock/Hardrock der Achtziger hören möchte, mit allem was dazu gehört, für den ist "Before the Storm" das richtige Album. Allen anderen Fans von guter Rockmusik rate ich dazu, das Album auf jedenfall einmal durchzuhören. Ihr werdet es nicht bereuen! Anspieltipps sind "It's Gotta Get better" und "Will Ya love me".
WERTUNG: 4 vom 5 Gitarren

CD Review: JEFF SCOTT SOTO - Live at Firefest 2008

( Frontiers Records / Release Date: 03.12.2010 )

Welcher Melodic-Rock-Liebhaber kennt nicht Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Rudi Pell). Mit "Live at Firefest 2008" veröffentlicht Frontiers Records einen Live-Mitschnitt aus dem Jahre 2008 vom beliebten Melodic-Rock-Festival in Großbritanien. Jeff Scott Soto's Band bestand aus  Howie Simon an der Gitarre, Dave Dzialak am Schlagzeug und Gary Schutt am Bass. Die Produktion für eine Live-CD ist hervorragend. Das Jeff Scott Soto einer der besten Sänger der Rockszene ist, dürfte allgemein bekannt sein und auch auf "Live at Firefest 2008" beweist er es wieder einmal. Das Feeling eines Konzertes von ihm konnte sehr gut auf den Silberling gebracht werden. Ein Rätsel bleibt es aber, warum Frontiers Records innerhalb eines Jahres zwei Live-Alben von Jeff Scott Soto veröffentlicht, denn vor genau einem Jahr wurde schon "One Night in Madrid" herausgebracht!
Wer noch keine Live-Scheibe von Jeff Scott Soto sein eigen nennen kann, sollte hier zu greifen.

Donnerstag, 2. Dezember 2010

CD Review: HOUSTON - s/t

( Sound Pollution, Rocket Songs / Release Date: 08.10.2010 )

Ich habe es nicht mehr für möglich gehalten, aber sie gibt es noch. Die CD, bei der man schon an den ersten Klängen hört: Das ist ein Meilenstein. Hier haben wir also so ein Exemplar. Ins Leben gerufen wurde die Band von Sänger Hampus "Hank" Erix und Drummer Freddie Allen. Die beiden sorgten im Frühjahr mit Ihrer Single "Hold on" für großes Aufsehen in der skandinavischen Melodic- und AOR-Rock-Szene. Durch diesen Erfolg bestärkt beschlossen Sie ein komplettes Album einzuspielen. Dazu holten sie sich folgende Verstärkung: Tommy Denander, Tomas Vikström (Talk Of The Town, Candlemass) und Mats Olausson (Yngwie Malmsteen).
Hilfreich dabei war Ihnen der Produzent Ricky B.Delin, der dieser Scheibe einfach einen genialen Sound gibt. Es ist ein sehr keyboard-lastiges, softes AOR/Melodic-Rock Album geworden, das die Fans der härteren Töne sicher nicht begeistern wird. Für Fans von coolen, einfühlsamen AOR ist diese Scheibe kein muss, nein es ist sogar PFLICHT sich dieses Album ins Regal zu stellen.
So ein feines Werk, wie es uns Houston präsentiert, bekommt man nicht alle Tage. Für mich DAS Highlight in einem ansonsten schon sehr erfolgreichen Rock-Jahr, was die Neuerscheinungen anbelangt. 

Kurz und knapp gesagt: 5 Gitarren.

CD Review: STEVE LUKATHER - All's Well That Ends Well

( Mascot Records / Release Date: 08.10.2010 )

Der erste Gedanke beim Erhalt der CD war: Der Steve macht doch schon seit 100 Jahren Musik oder? Warum schaut der dann immer noch so verdammt gut aus ;-).
Genug geflachst. Der ehemalige Toto-Gitarrist beweist uns auf seinem neuen Album, das er wahrlich zu einen der Besten seiner Zunft gehört. Das komplette Album bietet dem Hörer dar, was er erwartet. Sound im Style von Toto? Ja, das auch, aber vor allem einen Steve Lukather, der mit "All's Well That Ends Well" wohl sein bestes Album veröffentlicht hat. Einen Song aus dem Gesamtkunstwerk herauszuheben finde ich nicht passend. Es ist eines der wenigen Alben, bei dem ich sage: Hört es euch intensiv von Anfang bis Ende an und ihr werdet begeistert sein. Ich bin wahrlich kein Toto- und Steve Lukather-Fan, kann dieses Album aber uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen, da es sehr abwechslungsreich ist.
Fazit: Nicht lumpen lassen, kaufen und geniessen.
Keep on rockin.
Wertung: 5 von 5 Gitarren