Artist: Two Fires
FIRES debut album in 2000 was hailed as one of the Melodic Rock
highlights of that year, showcasing the return of two very well known
faces in the Melodic Rock world - singer Kevin Chalfant and guitarist
Josh Ramos, both from THE STORM, a band which also featured former
Journey members Ross Valory, keyboardist Gregg Rolie and drummer Steve
Two Fires concept came about when Frontiers Records President, Serafino
Perugino asked Chalfant if he wanted to put together a new band which could
fill the hole left in the fans' hearts by Steve Perry's demise from
Journey, and he willingly accepted this new challenge in his career.
once again set the Two Fires light shining after Serifino intervened once
again, this time with a new line-up of musicians that include on lead,
rhythm guitars and acoustic guitars - Michael “Ralph” Gardner, on
drums & percussions - Timmy Higgins, Jim Widlowski and Shawn Fichter,
on second rhythm and acoustic guitars - Alby Odum, the keyboards duties
were undertaken by Chuck Giacinto and Bill Cuomo on bass guitar Randy
Hatzer with backing vocals being handled by Chalfant, Mike Higgins and
Michael “Ralph” Gardner.
So does this new album match up to the debut and will the fans once again hail Chalfant as one of the finest vocalists the genre has produced?
fans of Journey will just love this album, Chalfant has never sounded
better, the obvious Perry similarities will come thick and fast, but to
fans of the genre this isn’t a bad thing for many.
album is Melodic Rock and nothing else is isn’t trying to bring
something new to the genre is as pure a MR album as you’ll hear, the
real triumph is that this style of music is still being produced and at
a higher quality than it ever has.
tracks like ‘Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid’, ‘Epic In The
Night’, ‘All For One’ and ‘Shattered Without You’ keeping the
Journey fans happy, there are a few tracks that stand out from the rest,
in particular the title track ‘Burning Bright’, a great up tempo
rocker, the excellent ballad ‘Still In Love’, the guitar laden
‘Answer To My Prayers’ and my personal favourite the superb
album isn't breaking new ground and I don’t think it will bring new fans
to the genre, but it will go down well with the diehard fans, so take it
as it is, a good Melodic Rock album, an album made by fans of genre for
fans of the genre.
Is It Any Wonder
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