If you have not heard of these guys before I suggest you check out their earlier albums as they feature a lesson in melody and power a balance; a formula only a few bands can carefully construct. In regards to this new album you”ll find some interesting tweaks to the sound but the melody is still Lanfear, and perhaps not as heavy as their older material
The new record follows all the same rules of power metal: You have one goal: be epic., in a power metal world, everything steel is good, and anything good must be compared to steel, you are not bound to sing about Satan, evil, and/or darkness. Okay forget that last rule because that’s a given.
The band’s sound draws influence from the sunset strip sound of the eighties with some early day GUNS ‘N’ ROSES and some MOTLEY CRUE and even a slight, slight hint of POISON, but where things get interesting is the inclusion of some obvious influence from some seventies rockers like AEROSMITH and NEW YORK DOLLS…
An interesting array of influences are shown in the promo pack, for instance apparently Dirk was influenced by a very and still underrated guitar man, the late Tommy Bolin and I can actually hear some similarities in it’s music for instance on the instrumental, fusion track “Organic Tubes” you can sense a little of the style of playing that Bolin experienced before he joined Deep Purple for that tragic period in time, more loosely resembling his stint in Zephyr.
A case of seemingly loosing track of any unknown not mistaken identity. I don’t think the band wanted to sound like this, I mean their Gothic laden tunes are fine, but when they switch from a ballad, to a downer folky tune in “Queen of the Night” it tends to loose interest in the listening experience.
The press release hinted at the band’ sound as cross mixed between Black Label Society and Nickelback, the truth is that they have kin of their own sound and integrate modern American hard rock with some more mainstream hooks and antics on the Metal side of things. Is a good listen a few times but i didn’t feel as I was listening to anything powerful in terms of the music composition itself.