'Temptation In The Garden Of Eve'
Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke
This may be his fifth solo studio album so far, but it's the first one for a new record label.
Amongst the names that assist Damon with 'Temptation In The Garden Of Eve' are the remarkable and well respected Paul Sabu who plays bass, Eric Ragno who is a keyboard player extraordinaire and Pete Newdeck bashing the skins.
Before I get knee deep into the review for this latest album, who the heck is Jesse Damon?! Those of you who have a Silent Rage album, of which four were released, will already know about this guy.
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Those who have had the pleasure to listen to Kiss may know of his co-writing credit on 'Thou Shalt Not' from their 'Revenge' album in 1992, plus he demoed the track for 'We Are One' from the 'Psycho Circus' album, and he played on the demo version of 'Domino' which can be found on the mighty 'Box Set' collection that Kiss released in 2001.
In other words, Damon is no newcomer to the arena of rock music.
With credentials intact, 'Temptation In The Garden Of Eve' has cringe-worthy cover artwork, but don't let that put you off.
This old school melodic rock sound has been done to death, but despite the well trodden path that he takes here, the album as a
whole is a solid affair.
When you observe Sabu putting on the Producer hat for this album, you get the evident style and sound of his other work like 'Alexa' and his 'Only Child' albums. Both outlets were hailed as classics at the time and held in high regard today. Who said we left the 80s behind?
'Angel In The Starlight' glides on a soft bed of melody providing a slower tempo, whilst 'I Need You Forever' shines brightly with its commercial appeal and 'Garden Of Love' carries a punchier side.
To my ears, this is really a good Sabu album but instead of his name on the album, we have Damon. Don't get me wrong, Damon really
goes for it with a steadfast performance and is faultless throughout the proceedings. More than competent in his delivery, Damon growls and purrs in the vocal department and lets rip with some fine guitar bursts.
But the shape of the songs and that overall sound belong to Sabu.
Other highlights on this album include 'Black Widow' with its driving melodic prowess along with the feisty 'Little Angel' with the amps cranked up and smokin'!
So, if you're looking for an album that is nostalgic in flavour, and you absolutely adore 'Alexa' and the self-titled 'Only Child' album, then definitely consider this one!
There's been an abundance of some good quality melodic stuff this year. It's time for a lot of artists to raise their game to keep up, otherwise they'll be left on the shelf.
This album could well be a temptation in the garden of melodic rock for those who appreciate both the back catalogue of Damon and the various outings by Mr Sabu.
Jesse Damon – Vocals, Guitars
Paul Sabu – Bass
Eric Ragno – Keyboards
Pete Newdeck - Drums
01 Garden Of Eve
02 Black Widow
03 Save The World
04 I Need You Forever
05 Save Me
06 A Chance For Us
07 Let It Rock
08 Angel In The Starlight
09 Hold On
10 Little Angel
11 Wishing Well
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