These guys from Down Under are wasting no time! Already album number 3 in hardly 3 years and they are already working on number 4. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s first take a look at this one. The quartet have managed to step their game up a bit more, finding a great balance between up tempo rockers and some damn fine ballads.
Producer Paul Laine (ex Danger Danger) not only found the right balance in the sound, he also adds his vocals in a duet with singer Jason Old on the track Wink And Smile. But there is no shortage of vocals either way, since all the members contribute to that massive sound. And expert guitar slinger Steve Janevski (also Black Majesty) has been buzzing of joy with Brett Garsed playing a guest solo on Falling For You.
As was to be expected, a lot of feel good choruses find their way unto the album. With lead single Switch Off The World Tonight leading the way with its Damn Yankees quality. Other references are Firehouse, Trixter or Warrant.
So if you are a sucker for melody, huge sound, ripping solos, or in short all the great rock music from the past, then this is a sure winner for you. Pick it up from label Melodic Rock Records or find it in a store near to you. It rocks!
Round two from these Aussies, and again on Melodic Rock Records. And more things are the same, as again Paul Laine was responsible for mixing the album. Another thing that has not changed is the music itself. As the name of the label already suggests, melodic rock.
Opening with the track the album got it’s name from, it is clear from the word go what we will get served: quality melodic rock built on steady riffs, tons of melody and flashy solos courtesy of Black Majesty‘s Steve Janevski. During playback of this album, it did seem that singer Jason Old has grown in his performance. Maybe it is just me, but it felt more confident and powerful. Whether in the rocking songs, or the great ballad Dying Without Your Love, there is a lot to like about this album.
Overall a rock solid follow up to the first album, and a nice surprise in the addition of Andy Taylor’s I Might Lie. Fans of the label or the genre, in case they do not already have it, you know what to do! Oh, and number 3 is already on the way…
With their new album expected for coming September, I’d better hurry with writing about the The Radio Sun debut! Another Aussie band on Down Under label Melodic Rock Records, and with on guitar Black Majesty’s Steve Janevski. Yet here the guitars rock in a much more polished fashion when compared to that band. This is more in the Journey mould of things. High on melody and catchy as hell, so short songs (3 to 4 minutes) with massive amounts of harmony vocals to make sure everyone is able to enjoy this and a bit of guitar soloing along the way. All 4 members contribute to the vocal department, but lead singer Jason Old is showing the way. Furthermore we have Ben Wignall on drums and Robbie Erdmanis on bass. And some guests too, like Paul Laine (Danger Danger) providing keyboards and backing vocals and also mixing the album.
The album as said is really melodic and polished, personally I like the somewhat longer songs like (especially) World’s Gone Crazy, Goodbye or Beginning Or The End best. I think they are a bit more adventurous and have more intense guitar playing. I suppose Janevski does the soloing and he puts a lot of heart and soul into his playing. But for anyone who likes their rock melodic this is a no brainer and definitely one to pick up.