Friday, February 10, 2012

WALKING WITH KINGS: "Walking With Kings"

Rating: 7/10

Label: Indie 2011

Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Walking With Kings is a new Christian hard rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. The band may be new but the musicians are more or less accomplished, with bands like Stuck Mojo, Furyon and Fozzy in their CV's. No wonder that this album sounds very professional.

WWK have found a good balance between their 80'ies influences and the modern sounds, making this album quite varied yet somehow consistent. They kick it off with one of the more "retro"-sounding tracks, the rather fine "Mention Of Your Name" which reminds me of
The Brave, Stryper and Firehouse. It's followed by the modern-sounding "Here I Stand" and "Wicked Ways", which sounds as if it could it be an unheard track from Bon Jovi's "Keep The Faith" sessions. Vocalist Terry Chism has a good voice, kinda like a cross between Dan Reed and Jon Bon Jovi, maybe that's what brought up the comparison.

"Autumn Brings" has a touch of Harem Scarem's latterday material, while "Lost" is a good, melodic ballad, with some Coldplay-inspired keyboards. The Bon Jovi comparison raises its' head during "Home" but the funky "Friends" owes more to the aforementioned Dan Reed and his Network. The unplugged version of "Home" is almost like different song, but a fine piece of music it is too.

Now that you've read my ramblings, why don't you experience the "walk" yourself? The band is offering a FREE download of the album on their website. Yes, free, no charge... Go for it!


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