|Rage Of Angels - ‘Dreamworld’ (Escape Music)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2013 03:30|
Rage Of Angels is the brainchild of original Ten keyboard player Ged Rylands and this intriguing release boast a veritable who’s who of AOR on guest lead vocals....
Title track `Dreamworld` kicks proceedings into gear with an atmospheric keyboard intro building towards an epic and melodic guitar riff and features on vocal duties the current Red White and Blues and former Jagged Edge frontman Matti Alfonzetti who gives it his all with a fine powerhouse performance.
Harry Hess from Harem Scarem bellows it out next on `See You Walking By` a track with a neat commercial choral hook and some great six string work courtesy of Ten guitarist Neil Fraser who performs throughout the opus,
Ex Bad Company singer Robert Hart crops up on two numbers `Through It All` and also on album closer `We Live, We Breathe, We Die` with the latter also featuring the guitar licks of one Vinny Burns (Asia and Dare), this is a softer sort of track that thrives with Hart’s classic vocal delivery.
`Over And Over` has the esteemed vocal charm of Danny Vaughn (Tyketto and Waysted) and this is another decently arranged slice of commerciality full of melody and harmonic hooks, Vaughn also taking the microphone on `Spinnin’ Wheel`.
An instrumental interlude `Prelude For The Gods` adds some diversity to the musical equation before Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers tones are displayed elegantly on `Falling` on what is a kinda typical Euro melodic rock offering,
David Reed Watson lays down vocals on the balladry of `The Beating of Your Heart`, a piano piece played so admirably but ultimately lacking the larger than life chorus so essential for a release from this particular genre, still it’s a good song all the same
And let’s not forget `Requiem For The Forgotten Soldier` featuring guitar riffage courtesy of Vinny Burns, Martin Kronlud and Deicide/Iced Earth guitarist Ralph Santolla this is a part instrumental part spoken word composition and it’s time for the axe to really glisten in the ‘Dreamworld’.