THE BAND: Russell Allen – Lead & Backing Vocals
Mat Sinner – Bass & Backing Vocals
Roland Grapow – Guitars
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Randy Black – Drums & Percussion
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards
TRACKLISTING: 1.) "Cry No More" - This intro opens with what sounds like a twin pick slide. After the pick slide Roland and Alex switch to a classic eighties rhythm guitar arrangement. This is one of the meanest guitar arrangement I have heard in years! After about one measure the drum and bass line kick-in. Randy's drum line consists of tom-tom fills and cymbal crashes. Over the top of the main intro section leading into the musical verse Russell sings a few vocal accents and vocal lines. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. There was a tom-tom fill to connect the musical verse with the musical chorus. The entire chorus consisted of a huge hook. I just feel in love with this chorus. There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second chorus. After the second chorus there was a minor keyboard solo. This minor keyboard solo lead to the major lead guitar solo. It sounded as if both guitarist played on the major lead guitar solo section. The coda consisted of a double bass drum pattern. 2.) "Soul Of A Warrior" -I may be wrong however it sounds like the guitarists are playing dotted quarter-notes to open this intro section. Underneath the guitar rhythms, Randy is playing cymbal crashes and tom-tom fills. There was a snare rhythm connecting the intro with the musical verse. For the pre-verse the band slowed the music down and then speeded it back up for the verse. There was a short lead guitar riff connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. The chorus had a very simple hook attached to it. After the second verse there was a small drum fill connecting it with the second chorus. After the second chorus there was a melodic lead guitar solo. Not that it really matter however I felt the solo was a just a little to melodic. The vocal accents over the top of the coda just blew me away. 3.) "When The Nighttime Comes" - This track had a very simple feel with huge hooks! 4.) "One Way Street" - This track opens with a keyboard effect. The keyboard effect lead to a double bass drum pattern. Over the top of the double bass the guitarist are playing close to the same rhythm as the drums. Every now and then over the top of the intro Russell sings these vocal accents. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. Russell's vocals on the verse were amazing! There was a rhythm guitar hook for the musical chorus. There was a musical breakdown after the second chorus. This breakdown lead to the major lead guitar solo. 5.) "Blasphemy" -Outside of the drum rhythm this song had an absract feel to it.
6.) "Last Man On Earth" -This track opens with a tom-tom fill. The rhythm guitar riffs of the intro have a huge hook to them. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. For the lyrical lines of the verse Russell really shows his vocal ability!!! The chorus had one Hell of a hook attached to it. After the second chorus there was a short breakdown. The breakdown section consisted of a tom-tom fill along with lead vocal accents. After the breakdown there was a lead guitar arrangement. This was one of the best songs on the release!!!!
7.) "In For The Kill" -This track opens with a snare drum fill before going into a very intense musical arrangement. The main intro section consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. There is a short rhythm guitar change connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The way the band wrote the verse let the bass and drums become the main focus. Every now and again over the top of the drum and bass line there are little guitar effects. After the guitar effect the rhythm guitar kicks-in. The hook of the chorus was completely amazing! After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.
8.) "Voice Of The Wilderness" - After the pick that opens the song this track has a fairly standard intro arrangement. Over the top of the intro there are a few lead guitar licks. The main intro consisted of a shuffle pattern. There was an arrangement change for the musical verse. Some of the lyric lines consisted of backing vocals. After the fist chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. This lead guitar solo was done as a twin lead guitar solo.
9.) "All Hope Is Gone" - This is one hell of a ballad that really expresses Russell's vocal talent!!!!!!!
10.) "Demonized" - This intro consisted of one hell of a mean guitar riff. For the musical verse the band changed the rhythm. It does not sound like the band changed the rhythm for the musical chorus. After the second chorus there was a musical change leading into the lead guitar solo. The major lead guitar solo consisted of a twin lead guitar solo. The lead guitar solo for this song was amazing!
11.) "The Soul Is Eternal" -This intro consisted of a rhythm guitar over the top of a drum and bass line. As the intro progresses a second guitar kicks-in. There was an arrangement change for the musical verse. The musical verse had a huge hook attached to it. There was a tom-tom pattern connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. After the second chorus there was a keyboard breakdown that lead to the lead guitar solo section. The lead guitar solo was done as a twin lead guitar solo.
12.) "Forevermore" -For me this was one of the best songs Russell Allen has written.
I have been familiar with bassist Matt Sinner since way back when Sinner first started in the early eighties. Matt is such a great bassist it is very easy to figure out why he could write and play in just about every band known to man. As for Russell Allen, I must say I never heard the name until I reviewed Allen/Lande - 'Battle' released on September 19, 2005. I was already a fan of Jorn's though it did not take long to also become a fan of Russell's!
One of the beautiful things about life ,be it withit a personal relationship or musicians in a band, you never know how it is going to work. I guess you can chalk it up to someone's master plan. In this case with one-hundred percent certainty it worked! There was not a song on the CD that did not completely blow mw away. This CD is a 10 out of 10 and I cannot wait for their next release!