Artist: David Mark Pearce
name of David Mark Pearce may have a few of you wondering who?!?
But believe me once word gets out about this exceptional new release
that will be thing of the past.
a little history of the guitarist, songwriter, sound engineer and
producer hailing from Penzance Cornwall we go back to when David was
just fifteen, when he started his musical path by learning to play drums
then soon after took up the guitar, with spells in local bands at the
age of eighteen. He left his hometown for the bright lights of the
big city and headed to London to attend the London College of Music and
Media, which he completed in 1996 and began his career as an engineer
and producer, as well as performing with bands Union Jane and Naked
takes us up to 2002 when David’s fortunes took a step in the right
direction, when Mike Clarke a friend of YES keyboard player Oliver
Wakeman asked David to give them a listen. So impressed was
Wakeman with what he heard, that David jokingly asked if Wakeman was
looking for a guitarist and that was the start of his spell with the
Oliver Wakeman Band.
to 2011 after releasing a solo EP in 2009 he has followed this up with
his debut solo album 'Strange Ang3ls', that features two great vocal
talents in the form of Goran Edman and John Payne. Along with
these two vocal giants come the band of Pearce himself on guitars, Lisa
LaRue on keyboards, Mikael Wikman on drums and completing the line-up C.
S. Brown on bass.
that’s the history lesson over with, now it's time for the album
itself which gets off to an emphatic start with the intro ‘Ang3ls
(Help Us)’. After a piercing scream breaks the silence the album
gets underway proper with ‘Alone I Cry’, which sees Edman taking up
the mike for this stunning slice of Melodic Hard Rock, with Pearce
showing his six string dexterity right from the off.
album continues with ‘Shelter Me From The Rain’, which sees Payne
take over the mike duties. This one brings a more progressive hard
rock edge to the proceedings, well with Payne at the mike I wouldn’t
expect anything different, but it’s the guitar work of Pearce that
really drives this one for me.
back the more traditional Melodic Rock with Edman back on vocals for the
Rainbowesque ‘Tell Me Why’, before Pearce is given full rein with
the instrumental ‘Every Time It Rains’, featuring a stunning slice
of virtuoso guitarmanship from Pearce once again.
band wax-lyrical once more for the stunning title track ‘Strange
Ang3ls’, a real barnstormer of a track, a real touch of ear candy,
which is continued with equally excellent ‘Save Your Prayers’, where
we hear that air of Rainbow creeping in again, although this one has a
meatier guitar lick.
I was pushed to pick a favourite track of the album then it would be
between 'Alone I Cry’ and the next song ‘To Live Again’, with the
latter maybe just edging it because of the stirring guitar work from
Pearce. But both tracks are standout moments from this stunning
album which closes with another two gems in ‘Eden Is Burning’ and
the hard rocking ‘So Far From Heaven’.
I said before the name of David Mark Pearce will soon be on the lips of
all fans of great Melodic Hard Rock because this album is one of the
finest debut releases of the year for me.
1. Angels (Help Us)
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