'Voice in the Light' is based on the novel by the same name by John
W. Crawford, and he has developed the original concept and he has
also contributed as musical director and lyricist, and has worked
together with D.C. Cooper on the lyrical side of this concept. Gary
Wehrkamp has written the music for this concept album about the
journey into a man's life and the mystery surrounding his near death
D.C. Cooper (Silent Force, ex-Royal Hunt) and Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow
Gallery) are joined by Nick D'Virgillio (Spock's Beard) and Kurt
Barabas (Under the Sun) in this new super group. And if you add one
of my favourite vocalists on backing vocals in Michael Sadler
(Saga), then you have my attention, and just to add to the
excitement we have Trisha O'Keefe appearing on the album as well.
So any progressive metal fan will know by now the building bricks
for an outstanding album are in place; 3 excellent vocalists, one of
the best progressive rock drummers, a great bass player and in Gary
Wehrkamp, we have one the finest musical minds in progressive metal.
And he handles the guitars, keyboards as well as producing the
I have always been a huge fan of D.C. Cooper and his voice, and his
performance on this album just underlines his skills and talent.
It's not the first time he's working together with Gary Wehrkamp; he
did the backing vocals on my favourite Shadow Gallery song: "New
World Order". 'Voice in the Light' has Gary's signature written all
over it, and with D.C.'s brilliant voice to bring the songs to life
we have a match made in heaven.
Musically it's hard to overlook the Shadow Gallery influences; well
balanced songs, awesome melodies and great guitar leads with touches
of elegance and melody. My personal highlights include the epic
"Incidents at Haldeman's Lake", the wonderful duet between D.C. and
Trisha in the emotional ballad "I Promise", the majestic progressive
gem "Betrayed by Love" and last but not least the album's closing
epic "Revelation", where the story come to it's conclusion and the
band plays on all cylinders.
But I tend to look at this album as a whole, and it's pretty clear
to me that we are dealing with a master; Gary Wehrkamp is a true
musical genius and he has once more created a breathtaking and
timeless concept album.
ends up being that progressive metal feast we'd all hoped for, it
might not be quite the eye-catcher at first glance, but let it grow
and blossom and I promise you that you are in for a real special