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21 Apr 2015 

KISKE / SOMERVILLE - City Of Heroes (2015)

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The KISKE / SOMERVILLE project bringing together the talents of former Helloween singer Michael Kiske (now with Unisonic) and Trillium singer Amanda Somerville started in 2010 with a celebrated debut.
The question was if there would be a follow-up album, and after 5 years the answer is “City Of Heroes”, the new exciting Kiske / Somerville record.

Five years is a long time and much can change during this period of time. Especially within various musical genres, those genres popular five years ago may not be popular today. Luckily not much has changed in the Kiske/Somerville camp and lived true to the saying: 'never change a winning team'.
On “City Of Heroes” Mat Sinner whom produced the first record remained in his seat and also play bass.
All of you will be pleased to know that the tremendous, multi-facetic Magnus Karlsson is back as well – and I can tell you one thing; he delivers once more! 
Everybody who missed Magnus on the latest Allen/Lande record will love his performance on the new Kiske/Somerville. His songwriting skills will be easily recognizable as well as his always excellent guitar work.

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Sinner / Karlsson wrote most of the tracks blending classic Melodic Metal structures with some Hard Rock hooks here and there, all crowned by power AOR choruses. Which, this time around makes the songs catchier and more energetic. 
I think it has been done to focus on the two vocalists talents and their harmonies. Amanda has an outstanding and warm voice and she is always present on this album. I don’t need to say that much about Michael Kiske, because everybody knows what his vocal cords are capable of.

It all starts with the fantastic title track “City Of Heroes”‘, powerful and guitar heavy but with big choruses and excellent use of backing and harmony vocals. This track combines all the strengths of the band in this ambitious project. It’s melodic and it rocks.


Another highlight follows with “Walk On Water”, an earworm you can’t get out of your head. With “Rising Up” it becomes a bit groovy, with a very '80s influenced Hard Rock. “Salvation” shows a more atmospheric side and is another winner. 
“Lights Out” is one hell of a track where you definitely can clearly hear the distinct influences of Magnus Karlsson. This track could have easily been on the first Allen/Lande album. Fantastic. 
Another absolutely killer track (and my personal favorite of this album) is “Open Your Eyes”. This tune has the word 'Hit' written all over it. The amazing guitar lines of Karlsson and the infectious chorus make this track to one of the best songs I’ve heard so far this year. 
It’s hard to beat the previous, but “Run With A Dream” comes very close to doing just that. A rocker that is catchy as hell and makes you sing along for days.


My first reaction on listening to “City Of Heroes” was 'wow, this is excellent'. It’s a huge step up from the first album (which was already a very good one). The songs are stronger, the hooks massive and the vocals top notch.
Production wise, the album was perfectly arranged. This is because Mat Sinner was involved with the production as well as the famous Jacob Hansen (Pretty Maids, Primal Fear) whom took care with the mix. Keyboards are more present this time (and I love it) which perfectly compliments the loud guitars and the tight rhythm section. With its crisp production, “City Of Heroes” sounds awesome.
Contender for the 'the best of the year prize' for sure.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


01. City of Heroes
02. Walk on Water
03. Rising Up
04. Salvation
05. Lights Out
06. Breaking Neptune
07. Ocean of Tears
08. Open Your Eyes
09. Last Goodbye
10. After The Night Is Over
11. Run With a Dream
12. Right Now

Lead & Backing Vocals: Michael Kiske & Amanda Somerville
Guitars, Keyboards: Magnus Karlsson
Bass, Backing Vocals: Mat Sinner
Drums: Veronika Lukesova
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21 Apr 2015 

IMPELLITTERI - Venom [European Edition +2] (2015)

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Once again Chris Impellitteri and Rob Rock team up for killer stab of Melodic US Shredding Metal; IMPELLITTERI, one of the definitive US Metal acts from the '80s are back with a new album entitled "Venom", released by Frontiers Records with 2 bonus tracks in its European Edition.

Chris Impellitteri influenced thousand players with his virtuoso guitar style, and together with 'the metal vocalist' Rob Rock they've carved names for themselves around the world. Every time they get together magic happens and “Venom” is no exception.
Impellitteri's fret work is dazzling as usual, he always seems to know when to let loose and when to hold back. Unlike some guitar wizards he doesn't get in the way of the song, that's always been the case with the band, it seems a strong chorus is just as import than the solos.
Rob Rock's powerhouse delivery blends perfectly with Impellitteri's style, for those who appreciate melody and harmony this album is pure ear candy.

“Venom” has a bit of a theme to it, they are taking you on a journey through all the ages of Metal. Having said that, it's not forced and the songs stands on their own.
I appreciated that they did add a few different elements to the music, songs like “Rise” and “Domino Theory” in particular seem to be a bit more forward thinking and unique.
Don’t get me wrong, they don’t stray that far from the foudational US metal / hard rock that everyone loves, but they’re not just filling the album with a bunch of soundalike tracks. I think that’s a big misconception about this underrated genre, there is room for some experimenting and “Venom” does explore some of those boundaries.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the rhythm section of James Pulli on bass and Jon Dette on drums.  These guys have the task of giving these songs their backbone and they do so extremely well, the album in it’s entirety is a spectacular piece of kick ass metal music.

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Are you afraid to Rock? '80s US Metal sounds too much outdated for you?
You better check Impellitteri's "Venom"... this motherf* rocks like few are capable today, a clear example of an era that it isn't dead, oh no guys, it's alive, energetic and kick ass as ever.
Highly Recommended.


01 - Venom
02 - Empire Of Lies
03 - We Own The Night
04 - Nightmare
05 - Face The Enemy
06 - Domino Theory
07 - Jehovah
08 - Rise
09 - Time Machine
10 - Holding On
11 - Rock Through The Night (European Bonus Track)
12 - Reach For The Sky (European Bonus Track)

Chris Impellitteri – Guitars
Rob Rock – Vocals
James Pulli – Bass
Jon Dette – Drums
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28 Mar 2015 

TERRA NOVA - Reinvent Yourself (2015)

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Dutch AOR Melodic Rockers TERRA NOVA are ready to release their forthcoming 6th studio album "Reinvent Yourself" on March 23rd via Melodic Rock Records.
The quartet fronted by Fred Hendrix is one of the long-lasting bands of the genre from Netherlands, as they remain active - with some breaks in-between - since their highly acclaimed debut album appeared in 1996.

Terra Nova's last 2 albums were released by Frontiers Records, but for "Reinvent Yourself" the band and the label had different views on which direction the record should take. This resulted in Terra Nova moving on to Melodic Rock Records.
Anyway, "Reinvent Yourself" is faithful to Terra Nova's classic sound; well-dosed in big arrangements, hooks and production, this new album still sounds like '80s / '90s arena rock.

 

Perhaps there's a few more modern approach on some cuts like "Shadow Man" or "Rock Army" where Terra Nova sounds similar to Two Of A Kind, the project formed by Fred & Ron Hendrix in 2007 which give birth to a very good self-titled album.
Nevertheless, the keyboards are used in a more complementary fashion, the guitar work more fiery, and Fred's vocals are more straight.
If anything, "Reinvent Yourself" may be Terra Nova's 'more rocking' disc to date.

 

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But this band has a true Melodic Rock spirit, and most of the record is firmly planted in the traditional stylings of the genre.
There's lots of harmony vocals and catchy refrains / choruses on the great opener "Meltdown", title track "Reinvent Yourself" or the highly melodious "Expectations", with a jumping guitar work and synth flourishes.
The vocal arrangements also spark on the vital AOR of "Broken" - a highlight, while "Jenna" is a trademark Terra Nova mid-tempo ballad with a classy early '90s style.

 

I don't know why Frontiers Records dropped Terra Nova for "Reinvent Yourself", as this is a true Melodic Rock album much more 'melodic' than many artists in their roster at the present time.
In fact, Terra Nova's "Reinvent Yourself" is one of the best Melodic Rock albums appeared lately, at least speaking about variation between songcraft / sound. Some tracks are quite rocking while others AOR mid-tempo, providing a nice balance.
With a very good, clean production, "Reinvent Yourself" is a Highly Recommended listen by this blog.


01. Meltdown
02. Shadow Man
03. Broken
04. Promises
05. Jenna
06. Rock Army
07. Reinvent Yourself
08. Expectations
09. Reincarnation
10. The Freeway To Our Destiny

 

Fred Hendrix - Vocals
Ron Hendrix - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Gesuino Derosas - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Lars Beuving - Drums

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28 Mar 2015 

TALON - Fourplay (2015)

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American Melodic Hard Rockers TALON are back - with original vocalist Michael O'Mara again at the mic - with what is the best album of their career: "Fourplay", yes, their 4th effort.

While Talon's classy Melodic Hard Rock always infused by generous doses of AOR is still the backbone of the CD, some cuts shows they have some real Hard Rock fire in their belly.

You get this from the start; "Spun", "Sin City Sister" and "Holly Would" are flat out toe-tapping rockers with thick riffs, blistering groove and ripping guitar solos. These, in turn, are wrapped up in harmonious vocal arrangements and infectious melody.
Talon makes no apologies for it's roots in '80s Melodic Hard Rock, and "Holly Would" throws you back with its inherent sleaze factor thrown in. And it's so damn catchy.
But that simple word probably characterizes the breadth of this album.

 

Whether by melody, arrangement, or lyrics with memorable refrains, Talon works their Melodic Hard Rock / AOR wizardry.
"Set Me Free" does this with mostly with the vocals and lyrics, but also the deliberate rhythm that moves the song. Starting off with superb vocal harmonising, that raunchy rhythm section makes a welcome return in behind a simple, defiant guitar lick. The chorus is memorable to say the least and, upon its climax, you’re forced to ride a lightning bolt of a guitar solo straight into the next verse. This song is quite simply brilliant, from beginning to end, demonstrating everything that is right with this band of talented rockers. A highlight.
There's more impressive riffs and hooks in "There’s a Fine Line Between Love and Lust", and wonderful melodies adorned with acoustics on "I Don't Wanna Cry".

 

Alternatively, but not conversely, Talon reveals some of their edgy side as well. "Love Is Like A Drug to Me" has all the melodic flair, but it's moved by some heavy riffs. More so is "Evil", likely the heaviest song here, thanks to thick riffs, rumbling drums and its frenetic pace.
On the other side of this coin, that AOR soul finds a place in the anthemic ballad "Tonight". Yet even this song rises louder in the latter half with a mean guitar solo.
Later "Raise 'em High" also offers a smooth, generally lighter, sound, moved by the lyrics and vocal melody, with the guitar riffs not far behind.
Perhaps the wild card in all this is the finisher, "There Ain't Nothin' in the World Like A Rockin' Band". Moved at the start by some acoustic bluesy guitars, the tune quickly develops into this thumping hard rock number. A song, like all the others here, with the glorious mixture of all those proper elements that make traditional Melodic Rock, well, classic and entertaining. The song is also a not so subtle jab at soulless state of contemporary music.


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"Fourplay" is undeniably Talon’s strongest release to date and boasts a great range of songs for any fan of Melodic Rock to enjoy. Hanging out more on the edgier side of the genre, this album reminded me a great deal of Swedish Rockers Treat and their 2010 release Coup de Grace, but also early Tyketto, The Storm and more.
It's an impressive collection of songs played with intensity and produced with a shiny, resplendent sound. Oh yeah, you even have AOR master Tim Pierce adding terrific Lead and Harmony Guitars on a couple of tracks.
A candidate for the 'best of the year' in everyone list.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


01. Spun
02. Sin City Sister
03. Holly Would
04. Set Me Free
05. Tonight
06. It's a Fine Line Between Love and Lust
07. Evil
08. I Don't Wanna Cry
09. Love Is Like a Drug to Me
10. Raise 'Em High
11. Hole in My Head
12. There Ain't Nothin' in the World Like a Rockin' Band

 

Michael O'Mara - Lead and Backing Vocals
Kory Voxen - Guitars
Jim Kee - Guitars
Phil Keller - Bass
John Parker - Drums
guests:
Tim Pierce - Lead and Harmony Guitars on 1, 5
Pete Fry - Lead Guitar on 9

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28 Mar 2015 

ROB MORATTI's Tribute to Journey (2015)

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Canadian shouter ROB MORATTI is a well known name for all Melodic Hard Rock / AOR fans, having released fine solo stuff, fronting Final Frontier, or between 2008 – 2011, legends Saga.
"Tribute To Journey" is his new studio release featuring Rob’s take on his favourite Journey songs. The album will be released on 20th March 2015 and it will be a Limited Edition of 1000 copies only, all numbered.

So what we have here is Rob's tribute to possibly the biggest AOR band in history. Although whilst it is very good, the question is... does the world need more Journey covers / tributes?
Yes and No.
No because there's have been tons of artists versioning these timeless classics, but Yes because Moratti wanted to do his own, and this album is clearly a labour of love for him.

 

Rob says; "Like many of us I grew up listening to Journey and I was always fascinated and amazed by their melodic songs especially with the gifted tone, range and delivery of Steve Perry.
Journey's had a positive effect in my youth and more so in my career. Their music has encouraged me way back when I was just teenager and there music still moves me today as they remain to be such a great influence. They still inspires my creative imagination.
I made the entire CD especially because I really had fun recording it. 
I promised myself that if I enjoyed making this record with the music I love the most then I would release it and share it with my fans. I respect them too much to want take it lightly in the studio but I knew it had to be done right."


And indeed Rob Moratti has done a terrific job here.
Among my favorite covers there's "Ask The Lonely" filled with pianos, energetic bass, a great guitar solo and Rob's way of singing enhancing the catchy refrain. Also “Anyway You Want It” is worked with big doses of energy, amazing rhythmic section and enviable catchiness.
All the guys involved - including talented Torben Enevoldsen - deliver stupendous musicianship and crisp performances.
But Moratti's pipes are the star of the record. His take on "Why Can't This Night Go On Forever" from ‘Raised On Radio’ is excellent, and a real highlight.


ROB MORATTI's Tribute to Journey (2015) back cover

You have great songs, but you need talent to cover them right. Rob Moratti succeeds on "Tribute To Journey", as you can feel his love for this stuff.
His singing comes from the heart, but of course, from his perfectly modulated throat.
Well arranged, performed and produced, "Tribute To Journey" is not just another tribute with various stars doing his contribution, it's an homogeneous piece of work from a man in love with one of the greatest bands of all time.
Very Recommended.

 


01 - Separate Ways
02 - Only The Young
03 - Don't Stop Believin'
04 - Faithfully
05 - Ask The Lonely
06 - Who's Cryin' Now
07 - Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'
08 - Stone In Love
09 - Anyway You Want It
10 - Why Can't This Night Go On Forever
11 - Be Good To Yourself
12 - Mother Father

 

Rob Moratti - Vocals And Background Vocals Midi Sampling
Torben Enevoldsen - Guitars, Keyboards, Bass,Midi Sampling And Background Vocals
Graham Fillier - Guitars, Midi Sampling And Background Vocals
Piero Greco - Bass And Background Vocals
Stu Reid - Drums And Background Vocals

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28 Mar 2015 

TONK - Ruby Voodoo (2015)

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Released today, "Ruby Voodoo" is the second album from Australian hard rockers TONK, but the first with a world-wide exposure that could put this quintet on the international map.
Tonk style is inspired by classic rock bands from their homeland like AC/DC and Rose Tattoo, yet more dynamic, melodic and with a bit of a modern spin to sound 2015.

 

There's nothing ground-breaking in Tonk's music, but their songs are ridiculously catchty. "Ruby Voodoo" delivers eminently solid, hard-hitting classic hard rock, all through 11 short, effective tunes.
The key here is soul. This isn't music made to order by trend-obsessed automatons for brain dead consumer kicks – it's living, breathing, screaming rock n'roll dripping with sass n' attitude for sure, but most importantly running rivers of sincerity from every pore.
Tonk make this music because they love it and, by extension, if you love it too then they make this music for you. There's a modern touch here and there, which only adds freshness to the final product.

 

Recorded in Byron Bay 301 Studios by legendary knob twiddler Nick Didia on the same mixing console that birthed many of the biggest hits coming from Australia in the '80s, you can almost feel that direct line to greatness pulsing through every utterance the record belches forth.

 

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From opening track "Pleasure and Pain" propelled by the serpentine riffage of guitarists Steve and Ben whose stop-start six string syncopation steams out of the speakers in screamingly sensational style, to closing number "Over the Edge" which mixes Zeppelin riffage and off-kilter Van Halen melodies but actually sounds like neither of those two bands thanks to the heart on sleeve vocalising of lead throat Jinks, Tonk rocks in fine style all over.

 

In between these two audial landmarks you’ll find 9 other tracks utterly worthy of your attention, each one propelled by the rock solid engine room of Matt (drums) and bassist Mikey, each one possessing enough hooks, soloing and general catchiness to last most new bands labouring in this field a lifetime.

Fans of Eighties-flavoured hard rock shot through with a serious early Nineties sensibility will gobble up everything Tonk has to offer on "Ruby Voodoo".
As said, they add a dash of modernity yet basically on few sonic embellishments to keep things updated and fresh.
But to sum up, if you've any interest in hard driving, well played rock n'roll from any era, you should check this guys.
Quite Recommended.


01 - Pleasure & Pain
02 - Snake Eyes
03 - Voodoo
04 - White Knuckle Ride
05 - Last Goodbye
06 - 9 Lives
07 - End Of The Line
08 - One To Five
09 - Scene Queen
10 - One Foot In The Grave
11 - Over The Edge

 

Jinks - Vocals
Steve - Guitars
Ben - Guitars
Matt - Drums
Mikey - Bass

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20 Mar 2015 

MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK - Spirit On A Mission (2015)

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If proof were ever needed that certain things get better with age, then look no further than to Michael Schenker, as his re-emergence over these last few years with his MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK band is nothing short of staggering.
"Spirit On A Mission" is the latest album from the combo and as before, he is joined by former Rainbow singer Doogie White, 7-string guitarist and keyboard player Wayne Findlay, plus 2 ex- Scorpions; drummer Herman Rarebell and bass player Francis Buchholz.

The opening track, ‘Live And Let Live’ shows the power and passion this man still has, the main riff explodes and is joined by some impressive double bass drums. This is a fast paced rocker with great melody and chorus, a great starter.
‘Communion’ has more of a bluesy feel to it, with Doogie White sounding great, even more so when you consider his age. I swear he is sounding better than ever.
The first single / video ‘Vigilante Man’ is one of my favorites on the album, hard and heavy. For those who saw the last tour, yes, this is the new track they played and it went down a storm.
The pace quickens for ‘Rock City’ which has some rather impressive drumming from Herman ze German, once again a man who is defying age and is playing better as a young hungry man. 

‘Saviour Machine’ is a slower track, a chugging riff which leads into a quiet mid-section before rebuilding to the main riff, Schenkers guitar playing is exceptional on this, while Dougie’s singing add’s more melody to the songs structure.
A long intro featuring only Schenker and Rarebell is the basis for “Something of the Night” before Doogie and the rest of the band joins in and we end up with a pretty much straight forward hard rock track, bags of energy from the band with Schenker's guitar tone really standing out.
‘All Our Yesterdays’ takes things down a different path, as this track has a far Eastern feel to it, the keyboard flourishes from Wayne Findley are superb, adding a further layer to an otherwise great track. 

Rarebell is back at the helm of the next track ‘Bulletproof’ but is joined by Francis Buchholz this time, as the pair create a monster of a rhythm section that never lets up during the whole track.
Doogie really excels himself on ‘Let The Devil Scream’ as Michael weaves his magic all around him, while ‘Good Times’ is just that, a reflective track full of Michaels soulful guitar playing.
‘Restless Heart’ and ‘Wicked’ round off the album, these two fast paced stompers make you think just how good this album really is, with the whole band playing exceptionally tight.

As long as the eponymous ‘mission’ is combining the ‘70s and ‘80s Hard Rock vibes and modern, huge sound into one, there couldn’t have been a title that’s more appropriate for this album’s content. Tastefully seasoned with tints of Blues, almost literally drenched in fine melodies and laden with instrumental prowess, "Spirit On A Mission" by Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock is a clear example of how the veterans of the Hard Rock scene can continue to compete with the new generation and, perhaps, even win in the end.
Highly Recommended.


01. Live And Let Live
02. Communion
03. Vigilante Man
04. Rock City
05. Saviour Machine
06. Something Of The Night
07. All Our Yesterdays
08. Bulletproof
09. Let The Devil Scream
10. Good Times
11. Restless Heart
12. Wicked

Michael Schenker - Guitars
Doogie White - Vocals
Herman Rarebell (Scorpions, Herman Ze German) - Drums
Francis Buchholz  (Scorpions, Dreamtide) - Bass
Wayne Findlay - 7 String Guitar, Keyboards
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20 Mar 2015 

ISSA - Crossfire [Japanese Edition] (2015)

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Norwegian songstress ISSA sure does hit you right between the eyes with "Crossfire", her new album released on Frontiers Records. Issa returns to deliver a great Melodic Rock album that will send fresh waves of joy throughout the genre fans.
This Japanese Edition released by Marquee / Avalon features the bonus track "Raintown (Piano Mix)"

This time round Issa has teamed up with Vega’s Martin brother’s Tom and James on the songwriting front, the album also sees the Vega connection continue with John Greatwood co-producing the album, along with James Martin. So expect the best Issa record ever.
"Crossfire" is a true, modern Melodic Rock album. With Issa’s stunning vocals heading up the positives of this album, the songwriting seems more personal this time round. 
Issa even duets with Mr. Melodic Rock himself Steve Overland (FM) on one track.  Also guesting on the album are Daniel Palmqvist, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Steve Newman, Robert Sall, Daniel Johansson and Stephen Chesney, as well as powerhouse choir including Pete Newdeck, Matt Black and Michael Kew.

So what about the album itself? 
Well is has been described as a ... <i>“melodic rock fans wet dream with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and masses of guitars! Think Roxette, meets Romeo’s Daughter melted with '80s Heart albums” .</i>
I could leave it at that, but for me this album is a whole lot more.

As the album opens up with the title track ‘Crossfire’, there's no fancy intro’s, just straight into great melody rich rock. Yes there is Romeo’s Daughter vibe going on, but there is a little more edge to things, whether it’s the guitars or the brilliant rhythm section, this one that really sets the standard for the rest of the album to follow.

There’s a much more modern side of the Melodic Rock scene courtesy of the haunting keyboards and synth in the excellent ‘New Horizon’, before that duet with Steve Overland on the wonderful ‘Raintown’. The pairing of Overland and Issa is one made in melodic rock heaven, definitely one of the tracks off the album that fans of the genre are going to eat up.
The tempo is picked up a touch with ‘Long Time Coming’, another slice of melodic bliss, before the excellent ballad ‘Fight Fire With Rain’, upon which Issa delivers another stunning vocal that will pull at the strings of the hardest of hearts.
The rocking 'Heartbeat’ delivers a melodic punch that reminds me of something Robin Beck would do, then it's back to the more modern keyboard and guitar-dueling fuelled side of the genre with ‘Electric Lights’, with Issa delivering a more angsty vocal on this one.

It's back to the more traditional side of the genre with the splendid ‘Ghost Inside My Heart’, before the orchestration filled wonderment of ‘Red Lights’, another song that has that Robin Beck feel to it, then a quick jump back in time with the '80s feel of ‘We Rise’.
The album closes on a wonderful high in the haunting tones of the mid-tempo‘Only You’, which rounds off another great album from the Norwegian songstress.  

There were some flaws in previous Issa albums. Her vocal performance, musicians involved and production are out of the question, but in "Crossfire", the previous missing factor has been hit; songwriting.
The Martin brothers pen is fantastic, and this what Issa needed: great songs to complete the circle.
"Crossfire" delivers top notch female fronted Melodic Rock, an album that is sure to send shivers of excitement down the back of many fans of the genre when they hear it.
Impressive.


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01. Crossfire
02. New Horizon
03. Raintown
04. Long Time Coming
05. Fight Fire With Rain
06. Heartbeat
07. Electric Lights
08. Ghost Inside My Heart
09. Red Lights
10. We Rise
11. Only You
12. Raintown (Piano Mix) [Japanese bonus track]

guests:
Steve Overland (FM)
Daniel Palmqvist (XOrigin)
Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline)
Steve Newman (Newman)
Robert Sall (Work Of Art)
Daniel Johansson (Degreed)
Stephen Chesney
Pete Newdeck (In Faith / Tainted Nation)
Matt Black (Fahran)
Michael Kew (Vega)
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