SPV www.spv.de (Released 27th May)
This band I always confuse with prog rockers Fates Warning for some bizarre reason. I loved their ‘Rainmaker’ album however since then they have not really tickled my fancy until this new album. I don’t know what they have done but they hit the mark and vocalist Tommy Heart sounds as good as ever.
‘Keep It In The Dark’ is a monster of a tune featuring catchy keys and guitar riffs. Mind you opener ‘Troubled Love’ gives it a good run in the instant hits stakes. ‘Real Love’ sounds like a classic Foreigner ballad, cleverly mixing the ballad pace with some added guitar crunch. A song like ‘Natural High’ owes more the current revival in bands taking the 70’s hard rock sound and updating. ‘Pride’ has that laid back US AOR feel and another ear candy chorus.
If like me you’ve be a casual fan at best of the band rest assured this album is up with the classic ‘Rainmaker’. It has that certain something and one for lovers of high quality melodic rock.
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