Wednesday, January 6, 2016


by Resurrection Kings
(Frontier Records)

The latest supergroup to come to life comes in the form of the Resurrection Kings. The band features the talents of 
Craig Goldy, former Dio/Guiffria guitar player. Veteran singer, Chas West (Tribe Of Gypsies/Bonham), Sean McNabb (Burning Rain/Dokken) on bass and Vinny Splice (Dio/Kill Devil Hill) on drums. For those into 80’s hard rock/ metal,  Resurrection Kings' music may sound sort of familiar. Albums like, Dio's 'Dream Evil' and Whitesnake's 'Slip Of The Tongue' come to mind. The songs are mostly mid-tempo, with an epic, vibe. The structure is often based on melody, rather than a simple repetitive riff, and minor scales adding a dark mysterious richness. Overall the album features high quality material (as expected by such a stellar line up) with explosive riffs, melodic solos, and a rock solid rhythm section. Craig Goldy is a tremendous guitarist, but it is clear that Resurrection Kings is about constructing quality songs, with a big arena sound, rather being a vehicle to showcase the band's prodigious talents. This is hard rock music where you can understand the lyrics, and genuinely groove to the music. Most of the songs are very strong and easily accessible, "Distant Prayer", "Livin' Out Loud", "Wash Away", Who Did You Run To" and "Don't Have To Fight No More", seem to standout a bit more. Resurrection Kings is a band that just plain rocks! These are guys can not only play, but also know how to craft listenable songs. It may sounds very simple, but it is an ability that eludes many immensely gifted musicians. After this most impressive debut, hopefully Resurrection Kings can keep it together for some time to come. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

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