are a band that really impressed with their self-titled debut release
‘Talon’. A great hard rocking album that featured on many top ten
album lists that year, such was the success, that the band made an
appearance at The Gods Festival and were for me, definitely one of the
top bands of that
The band follow-up release 'Fallen Angels', saw a change in personnel, with Chandler Mogel taking up the vacant frontman spot left by Michael O’Mara. This album saw the band take a more Melodic/AOR path, which for me meant the band had lost a bit of its edge.
in 2011 the band return with yet another change on the vocal front, with
Mogel leaving to front Greece’s Outloud and taking his place would be
Shawn Pelata, for their third album simply entitled 'III', which I must say
is their best to date and once again sees the band returning to that
same hard rock edginess of their debut release. It also sees one Jeff
Scott Soto making a guest appearance on the rocking ‘Take You All The
is the album I hoped the second release was going to be. Big licks,
thunderous backing rhythms and massive vocals, this is Talon as I remembered,
getting their claws into you and not letting go till they’d rocked
your very soul.
great tracks like the opener ‘Crying To Me’ which just rocks from
the off, no fancy or complicated intro’s, just straight shooting, hard
rock that really sets the style for the rest of the album.
there are mellower moments, but they still have an edge and that is
brought to the front with Pelata's powerful vocals, which have a Poley / Solinger
feel to them, as you can hear on the excellent ‘Maybe One Day’ and the
it’s the hard rocking tunes that really get the old juices flowing,
with ‘You Don’t Know Me At All’ and ‘When Will I’ standing as two of my
personal favourites. This is a real return to form from a band I had high
hopes for when I first heard the debut album and this new release more
than re-ignites that flame for me.
Crying To Me
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