Easily this could be their finest album ever. Hard and brutal, yet they experiment with some slower more melodic stuff on this offering, particularly on the title track and “Cold Embrace.” Yet unlike their foray into the lighter side back in the day with “The Ballad,” it’s not wimpy. Chuck’s vocals are stronger than ever
If you like things that are awesome then I’ve got just the thing for you. There was this band in the 80’s called Obsession that featured a singer who would later go on to front the legendary Japanese metal band Loudness (who I am crazy fanatical about) named Mike Vescera.
The comparison is more along the lines of they have moments of heavy brutality tempered with some of the most beautiful haunting melodies.
I had to say that overall the performance by all bands was very strong and regardless of the bias I have towards any particular era of Journey, they stuck to their guns and pleased the regular fan.
RICK MILLER is a Canadian musician, who has been making music for 30 years now, balancing musically speaking somewhere between Progressive Rock and New Wave.
So after two and a half hours of some of the most breath taking guitar pyrotechnics I’ve likely ever seen, he humbly thanks the audience for coming out and hoped they enjoyed it and that was the end of that. I don’t know that I would necessarily say this was the greatest concert I’ve ever been to, but it was pretty damn incredible.
Flawlessly speaking but notably reminiscent of everything that makes this great band who they are. Success!!!
The album is bookended with a couple of real gems… Firstly opening track WAKE ME UP which, pardon the pun, will certainly wake you up and get you ready for what’s in store. Closing track AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD features some of the most metal-ish moments of the album
the band rip through to some old school motorcycle rebel club woop ass metal tunes on “Vice”.