is the brainchild of former Winter Parade members PB Riise (bass) and
Tore Mei (guitar), who along with Shy
Lee Small (vocals) and Coldspell’s Perra Johnson (drums), have
delivered an album that will melt the very soul.
Small leading the way with his unmistakable towering vocals leading the
charge from the opener ‘Don’t Drive Me Home Tonight’, the bluesy
tones of Small the perfect foil for the guitars of Mei, the big bass
lines of PB and sonic might of Johnson’s drumming, and this is felt
even more so on the excellent ‘Citadel Of Hope’. But this band
has a plethora of talent at its disposal and they sure do bring all
their talents to the table on the album.
really impress with the rockier side of things likes of ‘House of
Prayer’, but also they really take full advantage of Smalls vocal
agility with the mellower ballads and one such song is the classy
‘Heaven’s Not Up There’. This is Small at his blues infused
continue their impressive mix of Melodic Hard Rock and Classic Rock with
‘Jack Of Diamonds’, ‘Wolfs Lair’ and the towering keyboard
infused ‘I Won't Be Lonely Anymore’. Although it’s the
bluesy rocking of ‘Stampede’ and ’Oscillate’ that really make
their mark on the listener. You can feel yourself getting into the
groove from the first few notes of these two so much that they really
make you get your freak on!
The rock is back big style with the thumping ‘Alexandria’, before this superb album closes with the phenomenal epic feeling ‘The Vesper Bell’, which rings the close of what is a stunning debut album that as I said before, will melt the very soul.
by: Barry McMinn
1. Don't Drive Me Home Tonight
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