Out now on AOR Heaven
This Australian band delivers their debut album through AOR HEAVEN. Their intention is to deliver 80s style hard rock and AOR. Well, mission accomplished!
Keyboard driven melodic hard rock, as evidenced from the go in opening track “Tokyo Rain”, is the order of the day. Think mid 80s West Coast AOR. Comparisons? Well, Cry Wolf comes to mind, as does Icon. Early Aldo Nova is another reference.
The band keeps the pace up on strong tracks like “Cross To Bare” and “Spirit Of Fire”. Of course there’s the odd (semi)ballad. “Shadows Of Love” has all the necessary ingredients. The musicians are competent, the singer solid. The guitar leads are tasty and the keyboards fill the spectrum nicely (see “One More Day” for proof).
The one weak spot has to be the production. It’s on the dry side and, well, it sounds a bit cheap. The thin rhythm guitar sound doesn’t help…
A very enjoyable album that will take most of us back to better days.
Rating – 85%
Review by Sancho