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  RAGE OF ANGELS
'Dreamworld'
(Escape Music)


Roger Berzerk Fauske

Roger Berzerk Fauske



rage of angels

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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The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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