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  RAGE OF ANGELS
'Dreamworld'
(Escape Music)


Roger Berzerk Fauske

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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kiss KISS CAPTURE FULL LIVE EXPERIENCE WITH AUGUST RELEASE OF 'KISS ROCKS VEGAS'
"KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well."

aerosmith WAS BREAKING NEWS: STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES AEROSMITH FAREWELL TOUR
Stand by for social media to go into overdrive and keep checking MetalTalk as we'll have more news on this when there is some...

yes WAS BREAKING NEWS: JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN REUNITE TO FORM ARW: UK TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
"I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago. It's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels."

marillion MARILLION REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR NEW ALBUM AND IT'S GOT A VERY NAUGHTY TITLE
"We don't know how many more albums we'll make, or how long we'll live. Everything has to be the best it can be."

frontiers metal festival PRIMAL FEAR, LABYRINTH, VANDEN PLAS, LORDS OF BLACK AND MANY MORE ANNOUNCED FOR FRONTIERS METAL FESTIVAL
The bill is made up of seven international and Italian based bands, all of whom will please fans of the power and progressive Metal genres...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO GUITARIST RICK PARFITT AIRLIFTED HOME FROM TURKEY
Quo made the decision to carry on with their commitments last week and performed at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday...

ritchie blackmores rainbow WAS BREAKING NEWS: RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW RISES IN LORELEY - SET LIST SPOILERS
After 21 years Ritchie Blackmore returns from medieval times to astound Loreley at Monsters Of Rock...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF "RESPONSIVE AND WELL" AFTER COLLAPSING ON STAGE LAST NIGHT
"He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery..."

foo fighters FOO FIGHTERS SUING BRITISH INSURANCE COMPANIES OVER CANCELLED GIGS
Central to Foo Fighters' complaint is that three of those 53 shows were intended to be "make-up shows" for fans...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'AQUOSTIC II - ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD' PLUS HUGE BBC HYDE PARK SHOW
Status Quo have announced the release of a second acoustic album following the success of the original 'Aquostic' release in August 2014...

meat loaf MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN REUNITE: NEW ALBUM OUT IN SEPTEMBER
At around the same time that Meat Loaf collapsed on stage in Edmonton, Canada last night, it was announced that the new album is recorded and ready for release...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE IN CANADA
Meat, real name Marvin Lee Aday, is 68-years-old and is one of the most successful recording artists of all time...

deep purple WAS BREAKING NEWS: DEEP PURPLE DRUMMER IAN PAICE SUFFERS A STROKE IN SWEDEN; MISSES PURPLE GIGS FOR THE FIRST SINCE SINCE 1968 FORMATION
"To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible..."

metaltalk t shirts THIS SUMMER'S MOST SIGNIFICANT METAL FASHION ITEMS ARE HERE
The great news is that now, after many, many requests, we finally have MetalTalk t-shirts available for you...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: RICK PARFITT OF STATUS QUO SUFFERS HEART ATTACK AFTER TURKEY GIG
Rick is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener...

maiden IRON MAIDEN PART COMPANY WITH ED FORCE ONE: SEE BRUCE SAY "GOODBYE" ON VIDEO HERE
"I'll miss the big bird but the show must go on and it certainly will."

grave digger GRAVE DIGGER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
"We'll present a huge and intensive Metal package live on tour, as well as on our album. 36 years of Grave Digger – Metal is alive. Forever!"

lounge kittens THE LOUNGE KITTENS RELEASE THEIR VERSION OF AC/DC's 'DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP'
"The album doesn't come out till September and frankly, we're bored of keeping it all a secret. So we thought right, time to make some more videos..."

john otway OTWAY IN THE PARK: JOHN OTWAY JOINS LINE-UP OF CHICHESTER'S PRIORY PARK FESTIVAL
John Otway's addition to the bill confirms this eclectic new festival's place as a must-go-to-event...

queen QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TO PLAY THAILAND FOR THE FIRST TIME
This is part of Queen's Asia tour which also includes two shows in Tokyo, the show at the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore and three more Asian cities which will be announced shortly...

hrh prog HRH PROG 5 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Atomic Rooster reform and join Hawkwind, Wishbone Ash, John Lees BJH, Pendragon, IQ and more at HRH Prog 5...

orphaned land kobi fahri ORPHANED LAND'S KOBI FAHRI REVEALS SIDE PROJECT CONCEPT ALBUM 'KNA’AN' & EUROPEAN TOURING PLANS
Orphaned Land celebrate their 25th anniversary with a tour that includes Russian-Chinese and Middle Eastern Metal...

as lions AS LIONS GEARING UP FOR FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH USA TOUR
The London five-piece will be bringing their explosive live show on a huge US arena jaunt alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Sixx:A.M during October and November...

bitches sin BITCHES SIN TO RELEASE BOTH VERSIONS OF 'INVADERS' AS ONE PACKAGE, 'ULTIMATE INVADERS'
The original ten track album went on to become a NWOBHM classic, so much so that back in their own country GI Records also released another version of it in 1988...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years and now, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!"

heart HEART TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN JULY - METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE
"James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."

crucified barbara CRUCIFIED BARBARA SADLY CALL IT A DAY
The Swedish rockers earned themselves a healthy reputation for providing ballsy rocking live shows and have toured with such legends as Motörhead, Clutch and Girlschool...

motorhead saxon SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT METAL HAMMER'S GOLDEN GODS AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Lemmy, creator and leader of Motörhead, was paid tribute to in fine style tonight by comrades whose respect he had unconditionally earned...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH VIKING CRUSADE TO TOUR UK AND IRELAND THIS AUTUMN WITH TESTAMENT AND GRAND MAGUS ON THE BILL
"We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can 'Raise Your Horns' together with us to glory!"

download festival IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER NICKO McBRAIN: "BRUCE DICKINSON IS MY HERO"
"I mean, just listen to the performance of 'Death Or Glory'. You know, that's just a little bit of what he gives in these live shows. And we're all having such a great time."

eric clapton ERIC CLAPTON SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DAMAGE TO HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM AND IS STRUGGLING TO PLAY GUITAR
"I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old..."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD DAY TO BE CELEBRATED IN LONDON IN JULY
"20th July has been chosen as it was their first date at the Roundhouse in 1975, hence the venue in Camden..."

sabaton SABATON RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE LOST BATTALION', FIRST SINGLE FROM 'THE LAST STAND'
'The Lost Battalion' is the name given to nine companies of the United States' 77th Division during the battle of the Argonne in 1918...

fields of nephilim FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM REVISIT 'ELIZIUM' AT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE SHOW
Fields Of The Nephilim revisit their most iconic album for the first time since its release...

ben ash acm CARCASS'S BEN ASH JOINS ACM LONDON'S TEACHING FACULTY
The Academy of Contemporary Music is extremely excited to bring its unique brand of education to London...

exodus EXODUS ANNOUNCED FOR 'BATTLE OF THE BAYS' UK SHOWS WITH OBITUARY
"We can't wait to see you all in the pit on such an epic, heavy tour!! Look out Europe you've been warned..."

twilight TWILIGHT FORCE TO RELEASE 'HEROES OF MIGHTY MAGIC' ON AUGUST 26th
"While we are still staying true to the essence of Power Metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon..."

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
Dark Funeral will go on the road with their label comrades Krisiun and Deserted Fear...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK'S FIRST M2TM FINALS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The bill for the August spectacular is starting to fill up as quality fresh blood joins the line up from the Metal 2 The Masses finals...

wakrat RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BASSIST SIGNS WAKRAT TO EARACHE RECORDS
"We have put a shit load of blood and sweat into this and we want it back! Our mission is to attack modern music and smash the grid. Unapologetic, unrelenting, unbridled and uncensored..."

alter bridge ALTER BRIDGE SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS
"We are very excited to see what the future brings and look forward to reconnecting with our fans in 2016..."

wolf hoffman WOLF HOFFMANN RELEASES 'SCHERZO' – THE FIRST SINGLE FROM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY'
"I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

barb wire dolls BARB WIRE DOLLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DESPERATE' OUT ON 22nd JULY 2016
The album is released via Motörhead Music. After seeing Barb Wire Dolls live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and placed them under his supportive wing...

epica powerwolf EPICA AND POWERWOLF ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR: LONDON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
"I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!"

rock am ring BLACK SABBATH ROCK AM RING PERFORMANCE CANCELLED AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKES
Festival organizers vowed to resume the open-air event but local authorities revoked their license in the interests of fan safety...

queen and adam lambert QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT AT ROCK IN RIO, LISBON: PROFESSIONAL VIDEO FOOTAGE ONLINE HERE
"There's never going to be another and I'm not replacing him. That's not what I'm doing..."

ac dc AC/DC GO DOWN A STORM AS THEY STRAT THEIR STUFF IN LONDON
"Axl was amazing! His voice was incredible and he commanded the stage; plus they came on fifteen minutes earlier than scheduled!"

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR 'DEATH OR GLORY'
"He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."

alestorm ALESTORM SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NAPALM RECORDS... IN RUM
"Unfortunately we only had white rum left (all the good stuff had already been drunk), so our signatures are invisible. We'll leave that one to the lawyers to sort out."

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED US TOUR DATES
"This band has got a ton of energy and you're going to see a fusion of all that terrific chemistry that we have felt ever since rehearsals in Lisbon..."

ricky warwick RICKY WARWICK & THE FIGHTING HEARTS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We can't wait to get back out there and play a full length set and I am delighted that my old friends Vice Squad will be special guests..."

johnny rotten JOHNNY ROTTEN: "I WAS BANNED FROM THE BBC FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST JIMMY SAVILE SEX CRIMES."
"If you said anything you'd be off playlists, but that didn't bother me as I was doing a good job of that independently..."

bad company WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAD COMPANY ANNOUNCE THE SWAN SONG UK TOUR WITH THREE ORIGINAL MEMBERS
"Returning to the UK with Bad Company where it all began 40 plus years ago is full circle for the band and the fans. It's always a pleasure to play in the UK."

saxon WAS BREAKING NEWS: SAXON ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH FASTWAY AND GIRLSCHOOL
"I think this line-up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls... Welcome to the Metal church!"

dead daisies WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK FESTIVAL HEADLINE APPEARANCE AND DEBUT US HEADLINE GIG
"We have had some amazing bands perform at Planet Rockstock over the years and the Dead Daisies are right up there with the best of them."

wildfire festival WAS BREAKING NEWS: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE HORRORFLY STAGE
"For those that often think we don't do heavy, the latest additions should change that perception..."

sabaton SABATON AND ACCEPT ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF 'THE LAST TOUR'
"'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of Sabaton ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF THE FINAL BATTLE FAREWELL TOUR
The tour promises to be monstrous in terms of both number of dates and production and the first nine dates will be in Germany beginning on Novermber 24th 2017...

pink floyd PINK FLOYD POSTAGE STAMPS UNVEILED TO COMMEMORATE FIFTY YEARS OF THE BAND
The stamps are available to pre-order on the Post Office website and will be physically available in 8,000 UK post offices...

the tubes THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 'MONDO PULP' UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER
"I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world..."

fear factory FEAR FACTORY ANNOUNCE INTIMATE BLOODSTOCK WARM-UP SHOW IN BRIGHTON
This performance will precede their highly anticipated appearance at renowned Catton Park based metal festival...

sinsaedum JOEY JORDISON AND DRAGONFORCE'S FRED LECLERCQ REVEAL NEW BAND, SINSAENUM
"Joey Jordison sent me an SMS to ask what I was up to, so I told him about those death Metal songs..."

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