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Review: Revolution Saints – Revolution Saints

Hard Rock/Melodic Rock super-group the Revolution Saints will release their self-titled debut on February 23, 2015.

Deen Castronovo provides most of the lead vocals plus the battering of drums (he has worked with Ozzy) Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades also supplies some vocals. The trio is completed by Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich.

‘Back On My Trail’ screeches into view like a Ford Mustang gleaming on The Big Sur highway. The voice is potent and powerfully full throttle. The ferocious guitar bites like salt in a wound. This song will cause some favourable chemical reactions deep inside your skull. It’s like a manly hug … for the ears.

When we think about ‘Turning Back Time’ we think of the late 1980’s and Cher in that ‘ribbon’ dress of hers. The Revolution Saints ‘Turn Back Time’ track is exactly the same kind of nostalgic – positive and bold – sexy and memorable – without being too wild or overt.

‘You’re Not Alone’ features Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda. This starts life with a ruffle of piano before some standard synths join in. These gather momentum and are joined with a regular plonking bass. It all sounds kinda familiar – like almost all the power ballads we’ve ever heard. Although there is nothing special on display here – the structure of this number is, nevertheless, polished and romantic.

Acoustically meandering ‘Way To The Sun’ also features a Journey-man, this time guitarist Neal Schon. This is another ordered ballad. It ferments gradually – like yeast in a basin – until it becomes rich and piquant.

‘To Mend A Broken Heart’ has stellate metabolic pathways of sound – these rustle over the driving drums.  There are side chains of chaotic guitars. But the lock and key to this number is that insistent voice. Forever robust and resolute.

If you are rock fan – and you yearn for something that’s been created by truly talented (often passionate) purveyors of melody – then this offering from Revolution Saints will certainly please your ears. It’s clever and classy and it will almost certainly provide some gratification.

But if you want unadulterated, unhinged enthusiasm … then you might have come to the wrong place .. you might find things here are a little emotionally numb… The promise of intense stimulation is never completely satisfied.

Neil Mach
Neil Mach
RAMzine Senior Writer - With a career spanning 30 years author / journalist Neil Mach is an expert on the music business and is a reliable guide. He especially loves heavy metal, prog & blues.

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