- what a strange name... ohh wait Andrew "Mac" McDermott is
the vocalist on this album... I am a big fan of his and Threshold, so
let's hear what this is all about...
what's this... rock with some nice progressive touches, Mac is singing
as brilliantly as ever before, he is even exploring some brand new
territory with this album. Mastermind and composer of this project is
Wieland Hofmeister, who has joined forces with 2 well known persons from
the rock scene in Hannover: Osssy Pfeiffer and Anca Graterol -
none of them ring any bells with me... but the last 2, who completes the
line-up do: Peter Pichl (Running Wild) and Andreas Kienitz (Hydrotoxin
& Human Fortress).
a little more than an hour we take a journey, which reminds a bit of
Kansas and Saga, nice melodic songs with big well crafted choruses, fine
layers of keyboards, nice guitar riffs and leads and above everything
else Mac and Anca's vocals. After a very good start with 2 of the best
songs on the album "The Guilded Cage" and "Why?",
things slow down a bit and a few mediocre songs have slipped in, but
things pick up pace again with "Human Nature", and the
wonderful ballad "Time Drops" and it all ends with a very good
live version of "The Summer Tree" - I prefer the live-version
to the album version.
interesting and some what different album, than I had expected, which
has its ups and downs. Mac's performance alone justifies, that fans of
Threshold should at least check this album out...
"The Guilded Cage", "Why?", "Human
Nature", "Time Drops" & "The Summer Tree