Artist: Terry Brock
   Title: Diamond Blue
   Label: Frontiers Records

The name of Terry Brock became synonymous with the band Strangeways, but more recently Brock has become more known being taking up the role frontman for Giant and really impressed many with the bands recent album ‘Promise Land’ earlier this year.  Plus now that he has said he is rejoining Strangeways, the name of Brock will no doubt be on the lips of a lot of both Melodic and Hard Rock fans this year, and thankfully for all the right reasons.

But enough of that let's get down to business with 'Diamond Blue', Brocks second solo release, and what a corker of an album.  I thought he did a great job on the Giant album and thought that was some of his best work so far, but now only a few months later, Brock's produced an album that surpasses what he did with Giant.

This album sees Brock team up with Mike Slammer and Andy Bigan, with Brock handling vocals and guitar, Bigan on the drums and Slammer providing everything else.  From the opener and title track ‘Diamond Blue’ there is an air of class about this album from the off, with Brock in fine form vocally as always, but with Slammer you expect nothing else than brilliance, and you're not going to be disappointed with this album.

Mixing great melodic hard rock songs with the more gentle side of the genre, this album will appeal to all fans of not just the man, but the genre itself.  The great tunes continue with ‘It’s You’ and ‘Jessie’s Gone’, before bringing the heat with one of my favourite tracks off this superb album ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ (no, not the Alice Cooper ditty!), this is a lick filled rocker of the highest order.  A song that never really stretches Brock vocally he’s equal to the task as we all know.

Next it's time to bring out the heart piercing ammunition with the ballad ‘The Rain’, again Brocks shows what a versatile singer he really is as he matches quality and grace with one swoop, as he pulls at the heart strings with this one.

It's back to the rockier material with another favourite of mine 'Broken'.  This one starts off slowly and builds into a massive almost Power Ballad style rocker.

The semi-acoustic tones of ‘Face In The Crowd’ are just excellent, so are the mood driven almost Coverdale like ‘Why’ but it’s the rockier ‘Too Young’, which really shines out for me.  This one is pure Melodic Hard Rock great guitars and a chorus you can sing-a-long to.  This one just rocks, enough said!  

Things get a little more poignant with the excellent ‘Soldier Falls’, before this great album closes with another great ballad in ‘Face The Night’.  All in all this is one hell of an album and one that highlights one of best vocalists in the Melodic and Hard Rock genres.  I for one can't wait for the new Strangeways album and the next Giant album if Brock is as on the form as he is on this release.  

Tracklisting:

  1. Diamond Blue

  2. It's You

  3. Jessie's Gone

  4. No More Mr. Nice Guy

  5. The Rain

  6. Broken  

  7. Face In The Crowd

  8. Why

  9. Too Young

  10. Soldier Falls

  11. Face The Night.

                                                                       

 

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