Company: Frontiers Release: 2015 Genre: Hard Rock Reviewer: Greg Watson
Yet another super group put together this year, Revolution Saints features members Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Damn Yankees and Shaw Blades; Deen Castronovo of Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Bad English and Hardline; and Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake, Dio, Lion, Bad Moon Rising and Burning Rain. The self titled debut is a nostalgic mix of 80's metal and hard rock. Tracks like "Back On My Trail", "Locked Out of Paradise" and "Don't Walk Away" really showcase drummer Deen Castronovo's solid rock voice. Tracks "Back On My Trail", "You're Not Alone (featuring Arnel Pineda)" and "Way to the Sun (feat. Neil Schon)" are some of the standout songs that grace this album. Revolution Saints are masters of their instruments and are great songwriters, so there's not much that you can complain about with this album. This is strictly for fans of AOR and classic hard rock, the aforementioned bands and folks that are looking for something with a lot of drive but not as much of the aggression that most metal heads crave. Solid production, solid songwriting and great musicianship make this album a fun listen and something great to give yourself a break if you like the heavier stuff.
About this Writer: Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.
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