Album review: MARK BOALS & RING OF FIRE – All The Best!


Frontiers [Release date 09.10.20]

Yngwie Malmsteen has introduced many fine vocalists to rock and metal fans including Jeff Scott Soto and Mark Boals, who sang on the classic ‘Trilogy’ album. Since then he has worked with many bands and artists including Iron Mask, Royal Hunt and Vindictiv.

Mark Boals utilised many top musicians including Vinnie Appice, Tony Macalpine, drum wizard Virgil Donati and keyboards player Vitalij Kuprij. Most recently, Mark released a melodic metal album with Vision Divine and Labyrinth guitarist Olaf Thorsen under the name Shining Black on Frontiers in the summer.

Disc one covers his solo albums, including his debut solo release which was a Japanese only issue and included guitarist Doug Aldrich. Pick of disc one are ‘Jane’, ‘Lady Babylon’ and ‘Up To You’. The latter uses harmony vocals to great effect.

Ring Of Fire feature on disc two. ‘My Déjà Vu’ is as good a piece of symphonic/neoclassical metal you’ll hear. Plenty of guitar, keys and the soaring vocals of Mark Boals. ‘Mother Russia’ allows the band to stretch out musically. Indeed the album it comes from, 2014’s concept based ‘Battle Of Leningrad’, is well worth investigating further if you haven’t already.

If you are a fan of Ring Of Fire add another star to the rating as try as I might I can’t seem to enjoy them as much as Royal Hunt and Artension. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie


The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk Sunday 24 January, 16:00 EST, 21:00 GMT

More about Josh:

David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 20 December 2020 and announces the results of the Popular Poll for Best of 2020.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 20 December 2020 and includes Pete’s best of the year selections

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Featured Albums w/c 11 January 2021 (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 UNRULY CHILD Our Glass House (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 SERGEANT STEEL Truck Tales (Boyz Tyme Records)
14:00-16:00 DAN REED Liftoff (Zero Entertainment)

Power Plays w/c 11 January 2021 (Mon-Fri)

BLACK SPIDERS – Good Times (Dark Riders Records/Cargo Records)
GRAVITY MACHINE Standing Stones (Zyse Records)
EMPIIRES Love Or Hate (TLG Entertainment/INgrooves)
RAY FENWICK Tam Tam (Singsong Music)
DEAD REYNOLDS Voices (The Fort)
LAYLA ZOE Don’t Wanna Help Anyone (indie)

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