Hollywood Monsters - 'Capture The Sun'


THE BAND:
Steph Honde (Paul Di'Anno)
Vinny Appice (Dio/Black Sabbath)
Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge/Cactus)
Pascal Mulot (Satan Jokers)
Tracy G (Dio)
Danko Jones Alessandro Bertoni (Key Stone)
Andreas Johansson (Royal Hunt)
Neil Murray (Whitesnake/Brian May/Gary Moore)
Darren Crisp (Age of Liberty)
Tony Franklin (The Firm)
Craig Goldy (Dio)

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "Mysteries Of Life" - This consists of several people talking.  In many ways it reminded me of some of the things Pink Floyd use to do.
2.) "Evilution"
(Tracy G -first guitar solo, Steph Honde: Vocals/Guitar (2nd guitar solo)/keyboard, Neil Murray: Bass, Vinny Appce: Drums, Darren Crisp: vocals) - This intro opens with a Vinny Appice drum line.  After about one measure the rest of the band kicks-in.  There was a snare drum fill underneath the rhythm guitar to connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar arrangement that leads to the opening lyric line had a simple yet very intense sound to it.  There was a rhythm guitar change underneath the lyric lines of the verse.  It sounded as if  Steph sang a lyric line then Darren sang the next one.  The seventh through the ninth consisted of backing vocals.  There was a rgythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  After the first chorus Tracy plays a small guitar lick that lead to a second chorus.  After the second chorus Tracy plays a blistering lead guitar solo.  Underneath the last chorus there was a second lead guitar solo.       
3.) "Always Crashing The Same Car" (Steph : Vocals/guitar, Pascal Mulot: bass, Vinny Appice: Drums) - The intro the band opened this track with consisted of a sixties feel to it.  There was a small tom-tom fill that connected the intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change.  This rhythm cjange consisted of a solid groove.  There was a rhythm change leading into the opening lyric line.  The musical verse and the musical chorus was but up against each other.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a rhythm change that lead to a lead guitar solo.          
4.) "It’s A Lie"
(Jenny Haan: vocals, Danko Jones:Vocals, Steph: Vocals/guitar, Tim Bogert: bass, Vinny Appice: drums) -  This track opens with a rhythm guitar over the top of a tom-tom fill.  There was a rhythm change for the musical verse.  Jenny sang one verse thren Danko sang the second.  After the second verse there was a minor lead guitar.  The chorus wasn't till after the end of the song. 
5.) "Waiting"
(Alessandro Bertoni: keyboards, Vinny Appice: drums, Steph: Everything else) -The keyboard that opened this ballad had a seventies feel.  This was an amazing ballad!
6.) "Don’t Let It Happen"
(Steph:everything) - Instrumental
7.) "Another Day In Grey Part II" (Vinny Appice: drums, Steph: everything else) -  There is no real intro for this song.  After one measure the lyric kick-in.  After the first two pre-verses there was a musical change.  Over the top of the musical change there was two verses.  After the verse there was a musical rest that lead to the choruses.  There was a musical arrangement leading into the lead guitar solo.     
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.) "Everything Is Going To Be Alright" (Vinny: drums, Steph: everything else) -  This was a very well-written song that consisted of huge hooks. 
9.) "Dreams" -This ballad opened with a minor lead guotar solo over the top of a drum and bass line.  There was a small drum fill that lead to a musical rest.  There was a rhythm change for the musical verse.  After the first two lyric lines there were two lyric lines that consisted of a backing harmony.  There was a musical change for the chorus.  The chorus consisted of a huge hook.  The keyboard arrangement filled in several of the empty spaces.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  The coda consisted of a piano arrangement.     
10.) "King For A Day"
(Andreas Johannson : drums, Steph: everything else) -Musically and lyrically this is an amazing song! 
11.) "Capture The Sun"
(Darren Crisp: vocals, Jenny Haan: vocals, Steph: Vocals/guitar solo, Craig Goldy: guitar, Tony Franklin: bass, Vinny: drums) -  This track consisted of a very up-tempo intro arrangement.  There was an arrangement chance for the musical verse.  The lyric lines of the verse where amazing.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first and second verse.  The band slowed the music down a little for the musical chorus.  After the first chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a lead guitar solo.   

12.) "Sweet Thing"/"Candidate"/"Sweet Thing"(Reprise) (Vinny: drums, Steph: everything else) -This is a David Bowie cover.  is a suite of songs written by David Bowie for the album 'Diamond Dogs'. Recorded in January 1974, the piece comprises the songs "Sweet Thing" and "Candidate" and a one-verse reprise of "Sweet Thing."      
BONUS TRACK:
13.) "Fool For Your Loving" (Eric Lebailly: drums, Steph: everything else) - Cover of The Whitesnake classic hit.  The song is from the band's 1980 album 'Ready an' Willing', but it was later re-recorded in 1989 for the album 'Slip of the Tongue'.  Co-written by David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, the song was inspired by the breakup of Coverdale's first marriage.


    If you don't know who Steph Honde is here is a little back story:
The Hollywood Monster is the brainchild of vocalist, guitarist, composer Steph Honde,a French expatriate (and a dear friend of mine!).
    Steph first became noticed when fronting the band Mamooth, subsequently garnering a well-deserved reputation as a guitar virtuoso when playing in Cafe Bertand, a French rock band he joined in 2004.
    The band played giant stadiums such as the Stade de France, with an audience capacity in excess of 80,000 - Performing with classic rock giants such as AC/DC and Deep Purple, the latter for whom they opened on 36 dates across France in November 2006 and another 12 in March 2007.

    Steph has recorded 2 albums with Cafe Bertrand-"Les aires Empruntes"(2005) and "L'Art Delicat du Rock'n Roll" (The sole songwriter ) both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, before leaving the band in 2010.
    Steph then embarked on a lengthy tour with Paul DI'anno ( Original vocalist of Iron Maiden) before absconding to California.
    Once in Los Angeles, Steph befriended Tim Bogert, coaxed him out of retirement and convinced him to play on his debut album....and - voila!....
THE HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS were born!
    Steph recently signed with Mausoleum record for the release of the debut album entitled "Big Trouble".
    Besides Tim Bpgert ( Vanilla Fudge / Csctus/ BBA) on bass, "Big Trouble" additionally welcomes the performances of some more of Steph's more talented pals: Don Airey ( Deep Purple / Whitesnake/ Gary Moore/ Michael Schenker and dozens more) on keyboard and Vinny Appice ( Dio/ Black Sabbath/ Kill Devil Hill) on drums.
    I became friend with Steph after I reviewed the Hollywood Monsters freshman release titled CD 'Big Trouble'.  Though 'Capture The Sun' has more instrumentals and more cover songs, pardon my French however, it is FUCKIN AMAZING!  There absolutely was not a bad song on the CD.  It is one of those releases you can put in and listen to from beginning to end.  A good friend of mine always said CD's such as this is called driving music because you can put it in and just continue to rotate it.  I am sure musicians, publicist, mangers, and PR at labels read the reviews we right however, I've never taken a polls to see how much fans read them.  However, you really need to trust me when I say you should purchase both of these releases.  Hollywood Monsters is one hell of a super group.  Fans of all the artists will fall in love with 'Capture The Sun' so please not only buy this however also buy the first one also!