Well, the title says’s it all
really. Rob Rock is “The Voice of Melodic Metal” no doubts about that & this 11
track live album cements that heading. The Voice of Melodic Metal is the first
ever live album & DVD of Rob Rock. It was recorded at the ProgPower USA IX
festival at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia on the 27th September
2008. Joining Rob on stage for this performance are the following musicians, CJ
Grimmark (Narnia) – Guitar, Andreas Passmark (Divinefire, Narnia) – Bass, Peter
Halgren – Guitar & Tracy Shell – Drums.
The first thing that hit me
straight away with this album was how heavy it sounded compared to the studio
albums. The sound they get on this CD is huge and just floors you. The sound is
crystal clear, but it still has that “Live” feel to the whole album. The crowd
noise through the entire album is amazing. And did I mention how “HEAVY” it
is!!!! It is great to hear Rob in such fine form. I was a bit worried to tell
you the truth to see if he could sing that well live, but them fears were
smashed after about 30 seconds. Rob covers everything off the first 4 albums
(Rage of Creation 2000, Eyes of Eternity 2003, Holy Hell 2005 & Garden of Chaos
2007) plus he also plays the classic Rob Rock anthem “I’m a Warrior” which
finishes off the album.
I’m not really one for “live”
albums. But this time around The Voice of Melodic Metal has been very enjoyable
& it is great to finally hear Rob Rock live. Can’t wait to get the DVD of this
performance, which should be great also.