AOR Heaven [Release date 30.10.16]
Angels Or Kings started out back in the 1980′s but it wasn’t until 2014 when the band got back together that they actually got to finally release their debut album. That was a corker, chock full of quality melodic rock and thankfully it has only taken a couple of years for the follow-up.
Angel Or Kings stand out from the crowd due to the vocals of Baz Jackson, how he has not been a more well known vocalist before joining this band is a mystery. His vocals are perfect for this style of polished melodic rock, adding a hard rock edge to ‘Ancient Fires’ or ‘You Better Pray’, then switching to balladeer mode on ‘When The Heart Is Young’
Another key to the band’s success and sound are guitarists Tony Bell and Steve Kenny, who between them serve up a guitar riff and solo feast. They combine tastefully with the keyboards on ‘Waiting For The Thunder’, which will delight fans of this band and ones who enjoy FM.
Special mention to ‘Heartbreak Railroad Company’ where the band pull out the stops on the musical backing, from the Jeff Lynne approved strings through to the magnificent harmonies on the chorus. Topping it off are the heartfelt vocals of Baz Jackson, quite possibly the best song they have recorded to date.
Angels Or Kings have firmly established themselves as a ‘must listen’ in the melodic rock world. If you enjoyed their debut you will love this and an album you can’t stop playing. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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