Label: Escape Music
Review by Kimmo Toivonen
Ged Ryland’s Rage Of Angels released their first album a couple of years ago. The well-received album featured several vocalists, which made it sound a bit like a ”project” rather than a band. Now they’ve got Rob Moratti (Final Frontier, ex-Saga) as a full-time singer and that makes the album much more cohesive. Some might even say that the songs on this album do not enough variety, but there’s two sides to every story. Or three.
If the first album was a bit of mixed bag (or had lots of variety, depends on how one sees it), this time all 10 tracks are more or less in the same style. There’s variety in tempos and the amount of heaviness, but all of them are melodic and structured ”traditionally”. Rob Moratti’s vocals are quite unique and they’re not for everyone’s taste, but I think he does a good job here, possibly the best work I’ve heard from him. The band has paid a lot of attention to the backing vocals too, at times they sound almost too perfect, like a choir of… well, angels singing!
My favourite songs include ”I Feel It In My Heart”, ”All Your Own Way”, ”Strangers In The Night” (a UFO tribute?) and ”Stop Changing The TV” which gets a special thumbs-up for its’ original title and lyrics. Yeah, good stuff! Recommended for fans of traditional AOR á la Foreigner and Survivor and worthy of checking out if you’re into melodic hard rock in general.