Title: Only To RiseLabel: Frontiers Records
to Rise' is the new album featuring as its protagonists
Michael Sweet and George Lynch, two household names in the
world of Hard Rock, so no introductions needed.
Joining the pair on this album are bassist James Lomenzo and
drummer Brian Tichy, again two names who need no
band came about when Serafino Perugino, President of
Frontiers Music, got in touch with Sweet ... “He
asked me to basically sing on this record and then I
suggested producing it and co-wrote the songs with
George” ... continues the singer. Brian Tichy and James
Lomenzo were then called in to complete the line-up.
these acorns a mighty oak did grow and 'Only To Rise' is
that oak. A great Hard Rock album highlighting not
only Sweets vocal prowess and Lynch unsurpassed guitar work,
but also the big rhythm section of Lomenzo and Tichy.
album opens up with ‘The Wish’, a great opening barrage
that hits the mark from the off as Lynch’s guitars kicks
this one into gear, leading the path for Sweet's heavenly
vocals, with the big rhythm section laying down a solid
foundation for the pair.
big riffing guitars continue with the massive ‘Like A
Dying Rose’, before things take a mellower path with the
ballad ‘Love Stays’, which for me is where Sweet really
shines vocally. His vocals have never sound so clear
and warm as they do on this one.
back to the big guitar sounds of Lynch for ‘Time Will
Tell’ and the thumping ‘Rescue Me’, with Lynch really
brings his A-game to the mix on the latter of these two,
before the returning to the mellower side of the Hard Rock
genre with another ballad ‘Me Without You’, upon which
Sweet’s vocals are just sublime.
hard rocking all the way on the stormer ‘Recover’, the
lick fuelled ‘Divine’ and the excellent ‘September’,
before one of my favourite tracks off the album ‘Strength
In Numbers’. This one could have been on any of the
Stryper albums, it has that feel about it with the added
The album closes with two monster hard rock anthems, first up it's ‘Hero-Zero’, a track that has a 70’s feel running about it, then the album closer and title track is pure 80’s fuelled Hard Rock at its finest, with its driven guitars, massive bass lines and powerhouse drums, all capped off by a massive vocal. A real barnstormer to close out this great album. Let's hope there will be a second, because these guys just rock.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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