Into a Former State

Release date: May 19th 2006
Major MTM Music
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier Amigo
Melodic Hard Rock

Rating: 83/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
April 28th 2006

Everything seems to be connected name wise with this band; they started out as Caught in the Act releasing one album called: "Relapse of Reason" in 1995, due to legal reasons they had to change their name - some boy band emerged with the same name - and their second album "Heart of Emotion" (1997) was released under the name ZITA. After a few line-up changes and another name - Guild of Ages - their next album "One" saw the light of day in 1998, the same year saw the release of "Vox Dominatas" (my personal favorite of their's). "Citadel" from 2001 was the last sign of life from Guild of Ages - they broke up in 2002.

In 2003, the three original members got together and the magic of old days were back leading up to this new album and name: Released. Danny Martinez (vocals), Brian Mesa (guitars) and the brothers Joe and Rob Marone (bass & drums) haven't forgotten how you create catchy melodic hard rock.

If you know their old material, then you know what to expect on this album as well - rock solid hard rock with catchy hooklines and choruses, great guitar leads and Danny Martinez' raw voice. All wrapped in a more up-to-date sound - call it modern, I don't care - but with the old magic and vibe.

Next month will be great for hard rock fans with cool new albums from Relapsed and House of Lords, both of them are strongly recommended for hard rock fans! House of Lords have the edge in my book, but this one is not far behind.

Recommended: ""Mercy Pays the Depth", "All in All" & "Generation".