Rage Of Angels is the brainchild of original Ten keyboards player Ged Rylands and he has also worked with Danny Danzi and more recently guested on the enjoyable Love Under Cover album also on Escape. The band features Martin Kronlud (guitars), Pera Johanssen (drums) and Michael Carlsson (bass) who are joined by guest vocalists and guitarists who include Tommy Denander, Danny Vaughn and former Bad Company vocalist Robert Hart, plus another former Ten member guitarist Neil Fraser plays lead guitar on most songs.
It does sound like Ten at times with epic soundscapes and big keyboards, none more so than on the title track where Matti Alfonzetti (Impera/Red, White & Blues) sings. Some songs sound like their vocalists bands, for instance ‘See You Walking’ features Harry Hess and the tune could easily slot onto his solo work or a latter day Harem Scarem album.
Danny Vaughn is superb on ‘Over and Over’, a song that is a melodic rock gem and has lovely backing vocals on the choruses. His other song on here ‘Spinnin’ Wheel’ is the weakest on the album though and it is is his vocal that saves the day.
Great to hear Robert Hart singing again and ‘Through It All’ has a little Bad Company feel in the playing of Neil Fraser. He also does a good vocal turn on ‘We Live, We Breathe, We Die’ and listen out for Ten/Asia guitarist Vinny Burns on the solos. Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers injects a little metal into the proceedings on ‘Falling’ – he sounds so much like Rob Halford at times!
The instrumental with voiced over news samples ‘Requiem for the Forgotten Soldier’ is a veritable guitar fest featuring Vinny Burns and Ralph Santolla (Millennium/Iced Earth) dueling all over the place. The song as you’d expect features the heaviest riff on the album.
This album has had some hype behind it and I am pleased to report it is justified. Enjoyable and varied epic melodic rock with a little metal here and there. Great stuff and be great to see these songs performed live and there is already talk of a second album.
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