I have the utmost respect for Gary Hughes
as a singer, both as a solo artist and in Ten, as a song writer for
Bob Catley, in Ten, on the 'Once and Future King' project and as a
solo artist, and as a producer for various bands as well as for himself.
I have had a soft spot for Ten ever since they emerged many, many
moons ago, and his rock opera 'Once and Future King' based
the myths and stories of King
Arthur totally blew my socks off, but I have somehow had troubles
with his solo albums, none of them have really won me over - and
'Veritas' falls sadly enough nicely in
line with his other solo albums.
On 'Veritas' Gary Hughes has used a
different array of players; drummer Dave Ingledew and bass player
Rick Stewart from dark metal band Devil To Pay, drummer Jason
Robinson from alternative metal band Absent Minds, Simon Brayshaw
from the blues band Nightshift, as well as his Ten colleagues
guitarist Chris Francis, who takes care of the lead guitars, while
John Halliwell takes care of the acoustic guitars duties. Gary
handles the keyboard department as well as the orchestration. All
done to enhance the diversity of the album, and the result is a
versatile melodic rock album with loads of elements from the British
School of Hard Rock.
Truth (Veritas) told and judged by the high
standard Gary Hughes has set with Ten and his 'Once and
Future King' project, this one falls a bit short and it never really
convinces me. Gary Hughes delivers another outstanding vocal
performance on the album, and the album is well produced and well
written, but I still find it rather strange that the ignition never
sparks for me when it comes to his solo albums.
This is still an OK album, but I still prefer a
Ten album any day of the week. This is for fans of Melodic Rock,
just give it time to really unfold itself and show its true
It's worth the time...