The second track “Jekyll And Hyde”, is more rock in style, the Stevenson’ tale fascinates and drives lyrics in music as much as it does drive writers to cinematic scripts as well.
The album is full of stunning guitar work over a rich keyboard, bass, and drum tapestry with Hughes’ vocals once again bringing the nuances of the intricate lyrics to life.
Rage of Angels sophomore effort is something very special indeed. Whilst the début included a who’s who of melodic rock royalty providing guest vocals on each of the tracks, this is a far stronger more streamlined release that benefits from Rob Moratti being front and centre on each of the 10 tracks on offer.
UK melodic rockers Ten return with their follow up to the fantastic Albion with their latest release Isla De Muerta. Gary Hughes, an undisputed warlock of songwriting, and the lads deliver a masterclass with this themed epic that flutters effortlessly between the melodic and the metal.
Having started as a showcase for the now defunct Now & Then record label through ‘Gods of AOR / The Gods’ concerts, FireFest’s inaugural show was in Bradford before moving only six months later to its adopted home at Rock City in Nottingham.
Credit then to Mr Hughes for not only composing ‘Albion’ but also for finding the right band members to help deliver what is one of Ten’s best albums to date. A welcome return to what they do best.
GED: I’m not a religious person, but I am spiritual. I’m also a big believer in living by certain values, being honest, being well mannered and respecting other people’s views and beliefs…I think that there is a reason for everything and that if you treat people well in this life, then that might stand you in good stead for whatever is in the next one….
As usual Gary Hughes himself manages to give a fantastic performance and really shows his keen knack for being able to get the most out of the confines of his limited vocal range…