Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CD REVIEW: DYING TO LIVE by Joel Hoekstra's 13

DYING TO LIVE by Joel Hoekstra's 13 
(Frontier Records)

Guitarist Joel Hoekstra, a journeyman of sorts. Currently, he is in Whitesnake prior to that he's worked with the likes of, Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show 'Rock of Ages'. Hoekstra breaks onto the music scene with his solo project, Joel Hoekstra's 13. The band's debut release, 'Dying To Live'. If you are a big fan of melodic/hard rock this recording delivers in spades! Every detail of the music is amazing! Superbly crafted songs, unbelievable guitar work, soaring vocals, incredible drumming and perfect production make this recording a powerhouse release. As soon as you press play and the opening track, "Say Goodbye To The Sun", fires out of your speakers this recording hits your senses holding nothing back. From there on with tracks like, "Anymore", ""Until I Left You", "Long For the Days" and "Changes". 'Dying To Live' provides hard hitting, riff driven, hook laden songs and is a premium blend of melodic hard rock that makes for one memorable listening experience. The musicians backing Hoekstra are Jeff Scott Soto (Journey/Yngwie Malmsteen) - lead vocals, backing vocals, Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob/Symphony X) - lead vocals, backing vocals,  Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio) - drums, Tony Franklin (The Firm/Blue Murder) - bass. Special cameo appearances by Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater/Black Country Communion) - keyboards, Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) - vocals, Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) - additional backing vocals, Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) - percussion and Dave Eggar (Amy Lee/Coldplay) - cello. There have been some really good rock releases so far this year but with 'Dying To Live' Joel Hoekstra's 13 jumps is definitely one of the top releases in 2015. This is a must-have rock album any way you look at it. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

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