Power of Metal.dk Review

Down to the Core
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 21 March, 2014
Playing time: 56:20

Frontiers Records introduces a brand new melodic hard rock project and by the name of L.R.S; featuring Tommy La Verdi (21 Guns), Josh Ramos (The Storm, Hardline) and Michael Shotton (Von Groove, Airtime). Serafino Perugino, Frontiers Records President has an amazing feeling for former stars from the time before the horrible Grunge rock era. The charming vocal talent Tommy La Verdi is a singer from the fabulous 21 Guns debut album "Salute" from 1992. "Down to the Core" was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Lionville) has handpicked two other musicians: the guitar player Josh Ramos and the drummer Michael Shotton into this shining AOR trio.

The songs are punchy with big hooks and elegant melodies. If you imagine a blend of AOR like Toto, Journey's sound and some musical hints of Canadian Triumph. Extremely melodic songs, as often when the Italian producer and great musician Alessandro Del Vecchio is involved in something from Frontiers Records. He has a finger in every track and put all contributions from the three band members (who lives in different places) together and offered a number of his own writings to the band. Very melodic, rhythmic hard rock with high pitch vocals and balanced guitar riffs, solid drumming and superb keyboards. I like the down tempo tracks ,which grabbed my old scarred heart like 'I Can Take You There', 'Almost Over You', 'Universal Cry', 'To Be Your Man', 'I Will Find My Way' and the killer track 'Not One Way To Give'.

Half of the tracks on "Down to the Core' is as you understand ballads or half-ballads, and in those songs Tommy's raspy voice fit like a hand in a glove. The sensitive guitars, smooth rhythms and mature lyrics make this album a great fit for lovers on a single hand date. This isn't a party album with a lot of air guitar playing tracks or table dancing songs. High quality standards through the tracklist without any filler song, but there might be too many down tempo songs to make me mega satisfied. Best of the 'quicker' tracks is the opening song 'Our Love To Stay', with big influences from Journey! The title song 'Down to the Core' is a catchy and melodic hard rock song with stunning guitars from Josh Ramos.

With several spins together my overall score ends up in the upper OK level. Not a earth shattering masterpiece or so, just a darn good melodic hard rock album. For the fans of Melodic Hard Rock, this is worth to check.

Tommy La Verdi - lead vocals
Josh Ramos - guitars
Michael Shotton – drums, backing vocals

Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards, hammond organ, backing vocals
Nicola Mazzucconi - bass, fretless bass
Anna Portalupi - bass, fretless bass
Jamie Browne - bass

01. Our Love To Stay
Livin 4 A Dream
I Can Take You There
Never Surrender
Almost Over You
Shadow Of A Man
Universal Cry
To Be Your Man
Down To The Core
10. I Will Find My Way
11. Waiting For Love
12. Not One Way To Give
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 93/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 14 March, 2014
Website: www.frontiers.it/album/5194