have nothing but respect for what Geoff Thorpe and James Rivera have
done respectively in the past. So this "marriage" must be a
match made in heaven for power metal fans?
and not even close! James Rivera is a very talented vocalist, but a very
bad fit for Geoff Thorpe's new Vicious Rumors style of metal. His Rob
Halford scream in the beginning of the album shows just how much
strength and power he has, and he does a good job in the power metal
parts of the songs, but fails miserably in the aggressive parts. But
that's not the worst part of the album - the choirs are awful, quite
Thorpe has reunited with original members Larry Howe (drums) and Dave
Starr (bass) on this album, and Brad Gillis (Ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Night
Ranger) contributes with some excellent guitar leads, which is the only
positive thing about this album. There is some really awesome,
blistering guitar work at hand here...
I can only shake my head in disbelief, the biggest disappointment
of 2006 to me by far. Sad, when a band that in the past has delivered
genre classics like "Digital Dictator", "Welcome to the
Ball" and their self titled album, delivers such a bad album...
I really can't recommend this album, not even to fans... I'd much rather
suggest that you pick up one of their classic albums in stead!