Many of you should remember Tony Moore for his incomparable high-pitched vocals on the great RIOT efforts “Thundersteel” and “The Privilege Of Power”. Personally, I still consider those two albums to be the best the Americans have done! This is Tony’s new musical home, and featuring Mike Flyntz (ex-RIOT as well), John Miceli (RAINBOW, MEAT LOAF) and Danny Miranda (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) it basically is an all-star group.
As long as you don’t expect Power Metal a la RIOT, this debut is enjoyable. It’s rather traditional Hard Rock with thick, modern sounding guitars. Musically, things are rather “old-fashioned”, though. The appeal of straight Hard Rock tunes such as “Ready” or “Villanelle” lies in the dramatic, excellent vocals by the master. There are three ballads on here. That reminds me of stadium rock a la ASIA/JOURNEY. With “Ashes” standing out in particular. It’s so beautiful you could start crying. “Radio Superstar” and especially “Fallen” are a bit more metallic. The latter is a killer that slightly reminds me of the “Thundersteel” era. Unfortunately, there are a few lowlights that are technically flawless but don’t do anything for me. I could do without the Rock’n’Roll-oriented “Faith And Fire”, “Everything” (uninspired) or “Avenue”. The fact that the hooks and licks by the guitar players are excellent and up to par with Zakk Wylde doesn’t help either.
Overall, you can ignore three flaws during a playing time of over one hour, though, especially as the remaining material makes up for them! Tony Moore certainly has a strong band behind his back and his voice is still as great as ever!
(Online April 15, 2007)