Power of Metal.dk Review

Arc Angel
Harlequins of Light
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 23 August, 2013
Playing time: 50:52

Arc Angel?? Wait a minute... Wasn't that an one-album AOR-band from the beginning of 80's? The great multi-instrumentalist Jeff Cannata was one of the original members on the excellent self-titled album from 1983. Now are they back!

After working in several other projects and with a few albums in his own name Cannata, Frontiers Records has succeed in getting Jeff to activate the old AOR/Hard Rock band again. And what a magic hard rock album they have made with 'Harlequins of Light'. I don't know how long they have been working on this Arc Angel comeback release, but the tracks are absolutely gorgeous.

The blend of the melodic rock and progressive rock creates a special and unique atmosphere in the sound picture, a mesmerizing package of melodic rock music. I get vibes of Asia, Toto, Yes and Marillion.

Jeff's vocals are very smooth and clean. The songs are well structured and perfectly balanced so I took this golden album to my heart immediately. I can't sort the tracks out in better or weaker songs, because it depends on, which mood I am in. Charming songs with brilliant instrumental performances generate one of my highest scores ever...!

In all honesty, I can't find any weak track on the disc so there will be twelve favorites. I really hope that Frontiers Records can sign-up Jeff and his musical craftsmanship, because this is at world-class level. I want more of this!

This is one of the easiest recommended hard rock albums this year. This is certainly one of my favourite albums in 2013!

Jeff Cannata: Lead and Background Vocals, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Guitars
Jeff Batter: Acoustic Piano, Synths
Jay Rowe: Organ, Synths
Scott Spray: Bass Guitar
David Coe: Acoustic Guitar
Jimi Bell, Gary Maus, Andy Abel, Tony Spada, Mark Proto, Jay Jesse Johnson: Lead Guitars
Pete Hodson: Background Vocals, Synth

01. Harlequins of Light
As Far as the Eye Can See
War (BattleWounds Of Life)
Voice Of  Illuminati
Through the Night
Amnesia (The Rest Of Your Life)
Fortune Teller 2
California Daze
Tonight… Forever
Get To You
11. Diamonds and Gold
12. Legend of  the Mary Celeste
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 95/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 22 August, 2013
Website: www.cannatamusic.com