Frontiers [Release date 12.07.19]
Nearly a decade since Mind Key’s last offering ‘Pulse For A Graveheart’ the Italian prog/power metallers return. For those who like lots of great orchestration (Dario De Cicco), lots of melody and strong vocals throughout (Aurello Fierro), this could be your go-to disc – at least this month.
Combining elements of Vanden Plas, Royal Hunt, Symphony X and, yes, even Dream Theater. Mind Key should tick the boxes for respective fans of those bands.
The only negative may be the sheer relentless nature of some of the pieces which tend to pummel and keep pummeling , Hank (The Blazing Eyes) being a good example.
Elsewhere, there is a symphonic metal thing going on with ‘Hate At First Sight’ in the opening flourish and the relentless bombast is firmly in place after that.
‘Angry Men’ chugs along at rapid pace, whilst ‘Hands Off Cain’ is the big ballad and a great vehicle for Fierro. And Toto might be proud of ‘Oblivion’ even if the chorus doesn’t quite enhance the killer vibe in the verse.
The commercial appeal is also evidenced on ‘Vertigo (Where The Cold Wind Blows)’. I don’t know whether I have a Peter Cox fixation when it comes to vocalists but ‘Pure Heart’ could be a slightly racy Go West outtake.
Yes, you’ve heard it all done before but not always as well as this. A welcome comeback, nevertheless. ****
Review by David Randall
On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.
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Power Plays w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)
COCO MONTOYA I Wouldn’t Wanna Be You (Alligator)
SKYFEVER Burning Hands (OTI Records)
HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE High Shoulders Everywhere (indie)
MICHAEL J BOLTON Trans Lunar Injection (Market Square)
Featured Albums w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 STRANDED New Dawn (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 HOLLOW HAZE Between Wild Landscapes And Deep Blue Sea (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 SESSION AMERICANA North East (indie)
Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)
BRIAN ROBERTSON – Diamonds And Dirt (2011)
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