Album review: SUNSTORM- Edge Of Tomorrow

SUNSTORM- Edge Of Tomorrow

Frontiers [Release date 03.06.10]

Sunstorm have never been a band as such, but the name given to a Frontiers Records studio project which is now four albums strong over a decade, the one common link being Joe Lynn Turner’s evergreen vocals.

Past efforts have been a vehicle for him to explore his more AOR side, often by revisiting songs originally recorded by others or lying in the vaults of noted songwriters. However this album sees a change of tack, with all but one song written or co-written by the omnipresent Alessandro Del Vecchio, an all Italian band, and a shift in musical style.

That is not immediately apparent from the opener ‘Don’t Walk Away From A Goodbye’ which has a strong air of Survivor, not least in JLT’s Jamison-esque vocals, but the title track and ‘Nothing Left to Say’ showcase a tougher side.

The best comparison will be with that generation of European acts who have taken the blueprint of two of JLT’s former bands in Deep Purple and Rainbow and made it their own, with Axel Rudi Pell and Jorn reference points that came to mind.

‘Heart Of The Storm’ is rapid fire and heavy yet also has a stirringly melodic chorus, while ‘Darkness Of The Dawn’ has a great menacing feel.

The album is predominantly guitar heavy with keyboards playing a supporting role, though there is the odd surprise such as what sounded like a moog solo on closing song ‘Burning Fire’. There are occasional breaks from the dominant theme with ‘The Sound of Goodbye’ also having. the dramatic Survivor feel  you would expect from a Jim Peterik composition and ‘Angel Eyes’ a ballad.

However the faster tracks, such as ‘You Hold Me Down’ with a lengthy guitar solo from Simone Mularoni, and ‘Everything You’ve Got’ come over like a modern day Rainbow.

My favourite track was probably the penultimate one, ‘Tangled In Blue’, with a huge chorus I could see going down well in the unlikely event they ever performed live.

Often an album like this, with his vocals recorded in a different continent to the music, could be a disaster but on this occasion they hang together cohesively and JLT seems to be enjoying a reversion to  a heavier style.

With the change of musical direction, this album may disappoint fans of the first three Sunstorm projects and a collaboration under another name may have been considered. However,  to me it worked a treat and the album is recommended for lovers of classic European hard rock.  ****

Review by Andy Nathan

Joe Lynn Turner (3-part audio interview)





Josh Taerk’s latest Sunday Session was streamed on Sunday 22 May.

Next session: Sunday 26 June.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 12 June 2022.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT 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 14 June 2022.

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com


Power Plays w/c 13 June 2022 (Mon-Fri)
IVORY SKIES – Bring Me Up (indie)
HONG FAUX Feign Death To Stay Alive (Golden Robot Records)
OVERLAPS Mind Over Matter (indie)
SOLE SYNDICATE – Brave Enough (Scarlet Records)
DAVID PAICH Spirit Of The Moonrise (Mascot)
JAILBIRDS The River (indie)
NOUVEAU ARCADE Die On Me Now (FiXT)

Featured Albums w/c 13 June (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 DEF LEPPARD Diamond Star Halos (BMG)
12:00-13:00 LONERIDER Sundown (Escape Music)
14:00-16:00 VANDERWOLF 12 Little Killers (Vandermax Music)



Popular (last 30 days)


This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), ALL POSTS and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply