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'Dreamworld'
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Roger Berzerk Fauske

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This should be an interesting one and one I am looking forward to hearing. Rage of Angels is the creation of Ged Rylands, who most of you will have come across with Ten as well as playing keyboards live for Tyketto.

This album has a plethora of names involved alongside the regular band complimenting Ryland's keyboards and guitar. The list of guest vocalists especially is something to marvel at – Matti Alfonzetti (Jagged Edge), Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Robert Hart (Bad Company), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) and Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear). Add to that little collection the likes of guitarists Neil Fraser, Vinny Burns and Ralph Santolla, and it is quite a line-up.

So, before I confuse you any further, let's get down to business and see what Ged and co have produced musically.

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'Dreamworld' kicks things off and is well named... a long intro to the track, child's voice, synth coming in setting the atmosphere, hope in its tones. Guitar comes in to get things really under way, keyboards sitting well behind it. As the vocals kick in, you are immediately hit by some stunning melody and harmonies, come the chorus. Musically this song is all about that... melody and harmony (No not the Melody and Harmony advertising in the phone box for the ultimate twins experience). It is beautifully crafted, well written and a more than good way to start the album.

'See You Walking By' is next and picks off where the last one finished. Catchy riff leading the way and when the keyboard comes in, they fit together so well. Once upon a time, a track like this was thought to be the sole province of the American stadium band (whatever the bleeding hell that meant) and generally got labelled as commercial, until the likes of FM redressed the balance, but this takes it to a whole new level entirely.

Catchy chorus, backing vocals never overdone, great guitar solo – it has that feel but is layered so well, there is never the chance of getting bored as with so many songs of that genre. Simply put, another winner.

'Through It All' changes the tempo totally and comes at you with some grit and throatiness. Robert Hart's vocals take this to another power level, even going a little Coverdale like at points (when he was good). The screaming guitar of Neil Fraser early on gives extra impetus to the track and again the vocals fit perfectly. As it calms down with some bass and drums in the middle, you just know there is more to come and sure enough it doesn't take long for the crescendo to start building.

The structure of the song is another interesting facet to it – staying away from the standard verse, chorus, solo concept you are never quite sure when the solos are going to come storming out of the mix and that just helps raise the song from good to right up there. As well as being musically good, the thing you notice very early on with this album is how much thought has gone into picking songs for the guest musos, something not always done so well with this many guests on an album.

'Over And Over' goes back to slightly more sedate, AOR as it used to be called (who is it who actually thinks up all the sub genre names?). Again the melodic implants are what stand out, fairly straightforward guitar line perfectly suited to the song (pointless going widdly for no reason), keyboards firing it up a gear, drums cantering along with the bass keeping the whole tempo going.

We do get some widdliness in the solo though so all you air fellas have nothing to worry about. Not for the first time the backing vocals are done superbly, just enough for depth and harmony without going over the top – something the sound engineers must take a lot of credit for as well. The sound guys happen to be Rylands and guitarist Martin Kronlund so keeping it in house works well.

'Prelude For The Gods' as you would probably guess from the title is a fairly short, instrumental composition. It is far more than just a smattering of synth thrown in though and works well – I would actually have liked it to have gone on a lot longer – it had the feeling of building just as it came to an end. It leads perfectly into the next track and the instrumental could have been included as the intro to that song but it stands up in its own right so justifies a track number all of its own.

'Falling' features Ralph Scheepers and his evident range is put to full use on the track with another catchy melody. Superb keyboard and guitar interplay especially in the middle of the song give it an edge over similar style tracks. Another well crafted song, heavily relying on the rhythm section again to pull the whole thing along.

So to 'With The Beating Of Your Heart' and we are off into fully fledged ballad country with this one. Synth, piano and soulful vocals, guitar subtly woven into the tapestry. This one has David Reed Watson singing on it and whilst he isn't one of the most recognisable names on the album, he puts in a stirring performance – if his name isn't a household one (at least in houses where real music is played) in the not too distant future I will be a mite surprised. The haunting guitar rearing its head and perfectly filling the space adds a depth of sentiment and gravitas to the already passion filled track.

Whilst the guitar sticks to the tried and tested arrangement with the solo towards the end of the track, it is a powerful affair, accompanied by the now familiar backing vocals and if there wasn't already enough sentiment in the song, the six strings pile it on even more.

Hands up those who sighed when the word ballad was mentioned – if you did, then you will more more than pleasantly surprised as this has as much to do with the 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn' type pap as the X Factor has to do with music (in case you aren't sure, that is nothing whatsoever). Another gem on a so far seriously good album.

'Spinnin Wheel' starts off with a little of a very familiar sound to us ageing (though not gracefully) rockers – vinyl crackle. Then full blooded rock that will always rule the roost – blues rock. Tyketto's Danny Vaughn takes vocal duties on this one and it also again features Neil Fraser's six strings. Superb stuff, crunchy, rocky shifting one way then the other, keyboard patterns bringing even more out of the music.

The individual instruments are so expressive on their own and collectively that you can almost see this one coming out after a free for all jam. Coming in at just under eight minutes, this is pure class and the standout to me on the album.

Another long track 'Requiem For The Forgotten Soldier' is next up and starts as you may expect with sounds of gunshots and general war noise together with air raid sirens. Drums, military like, come piling in followed by guitar and throughout the song, what guitar it is.

Featuring Vinny Burns, Ralph Santolla, Xander Demos and Martin Kronlund, it is so varied and full of feeling but what is also very impressive is that there are no clear battle lines where one guitarist starts and another finishes. Instead it all fits together seamlessly.

The track is almost entirely an instrumental, the only vocal is spoken from Neville Chamberlain as war is declared, the atomic bomb is dropped and other monumental incidents. It is all very fitting this year and ironically even more so as a quick glance at the date on my computer as I write the review shows the date to be June 6th (I really hope I don't need to tell you what happened on that day 70 years ago). A moving and musically inspired track and only pipped for song of the album according to my ears as I am a sucker for some classy blues rock.

'We Live We Breathe We Die' is both an incontrovertible fact and the title of the next one. Guitar and more than melancholy keys start this one off, Robert Hart singing again on this. On the softer side he has that true grit to his voice, good mix of pure and raw, and add in another memorable melody, very in the sing along category. But once again not the straightforward structure you hear so much gives it a lot more depth and intrigue complimented perfectly by Vinny Burns again setting everything alight with his guitar wizardry on the second half of the track especially.

So there it is, a quite superb album, full of melody and harmony, not to mention some outstanding musicianship from everyone concerned. The whole album is top notch but the second half is when everything really goes up a gear. For those that like to sort their CD collection by genre, I suspect this one will give you a headache because it doesn't fit into any single genre or sub genre and that variety in style just helps to make it as good as it is.

The band is on tour this month and next month and I really would advise you to get out there and see them – naturally the touring band is not going to have the full complement of the album participants but a very fine collection of musicians has been assembled and they are dealing with what can only be described as dynamite songs.

You can find out more about the band on their facebook page as well as at http://www.rageofangels.co.uk/


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suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE STREAM THE BAND'S NEW ALBUM 'YOU CAN'T STOP ME' IN FULL ON YOUTUBE
The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida and includes some special guest appearances...

Nightwish TOUCHSTONE RELEASE THEIR FIRST EVER 3DISC DVD WITH LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 'OCEANS' EP
The DVD features previously unreleased footage of Touchstone's full set from 2010's High Voltage Festival, and a behind the scenes documentary...

Nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL 'MAKING OF' CLIP FOR THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM
The yet to be titled album is starting to take shape and the band discuss all aspects in this new video...

decapitated DECAPITATED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND COVER ARTWORK
'Blood Mantra' will be released in September and features artwork by Lukasz Jaszak...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE RELEASE THE PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE LIVE PERFORMANCE 'GRAZ 1975'
The historic find contains over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material...

blues pills BLUES PILLS VOCALIST ELIN LARSSON DISCUSSES THE TRACKS OFF THE BAND'S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
The first album from the colourful retro-rockers is released on 28th July...

linkin park LINKIN PARK ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Fresh from summer festival appearances and the release of 'The Hunting Party' Linkin Park play fifteen dates in Europe...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 4 NIGHTS AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
The shows will feature songs from new album 'Different Shades Of Blue', played live for the very first time in the UK, and a never-before-seen line-up of musicians...

demonic resurrection ONSLAUGHT ANNOUNCE DEMONIC RESURRECTION WILL REPLACE HATRIOT ON UK 'THRASH INVASION' TOUR
India's Demonic Resurrection will join Nightlord and main support Artillery following acclaimed appearances at Les-Fest 3 and Sonisphere...

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST 'REDEEMER OF SOULS' ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES ANNOUNCED
A chance to hear new tracks from the album ahead of its release on Monday July 14th, plus these exclusive parties will also feature exclusive merchandise giveaways...

acrassicauda ACRASSICAUDA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM
The latest chapter for the Iraq Metal pioneers continues their astonishing story...

black sabbath TONY IOMMI CONFIRMS MetalTalk REPORT THAT HYDE PARK WAS NOT THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
Tony released a video just before Friday's gig thanking fans for their support and he ends it by saying: "See you on the next tour"...

godsmack MULTI-PLATINUM US ROCKERS GODSMACK ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "1000HP"
The band move into the fast lane for sixth studio album, '1000hp', set for international release via Spinefarm Records on September 1st 2014...

karmaflow 'KARMAFLOW: THE ROCK OPERA VIDEOGAME' IS UNVEILED WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST
This multidisciplinary art project is a must for lovers of gaming and Metal...

hellyeah HELLYEAH TAKES BLOOD FOR BLOOD TO THE TOP OF THE HARD ROCK CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
The band will tour Europe in July and August 2014 with six dates in the UK...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DVD 'GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL', WORLD TOUR PLUS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Re-live a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage. "It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

cannibal corpse CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE 'A SKELETAL DOMAIN'
The 13th full-length album from the American Death Metal icons is released in September. The extensive tour reaches the UK in October...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD UNVEIL 'TIME TO DIE' AS TITLE OF FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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