In Frontiers Music, after 27 years of churning out copious amounts of melodic hard rock bands, supergroup Revolution Saints are hands down one of their best creations. With three consistently enjoyable albums under the original line-up of Deen Castronovo (Journey), Jack Blades (Nightranger) and Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies), this fourth release sees them return with new personal and a fresh barrel of high-octane melodic tuneage.
Revolution Saints – Eagle Flight (Frontiers Music Srl)
Release Date: 21 April 2023
Words: Brian Boyle
With lead vocalist and drummer Castronovo still the focal point, joining the ranks is Whitesnake guitar virtuoso Joel Hoekstra and legendary Dokken and Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson. Not bad replacements, eh?
And what a way to introduce them. Opener and title track, Eagle Flight, sets the bar ridiculously high with a hook-soaked banger. The following hat-trick of Talking Like Strangers, Kids Will Be Kids and gutsy ballad I’ll Cry For You Tonight all match the standard set with radio-friendly choruses and hit qualities plastered all over them.
While Castronovo is better known for his exploits as a tub-thumper for Journey, The Dead Daisies, Bad English and Wild Dogs, to name a few, vocally, he’s still relatively under the radar as far as mainstream critical acclaim goes. Quite simply, this guy can bloody sing and could comfortably wipe the floor with the majority of full-time rock vocalists of past and present.
Obviously, decades sat behind a kit has kept his pipes match fit, but you still have to revel in his addictive rasp when he’s in full flow on Crime Of The Century and Set Yourself Free, both pure driven AOR.
Production wise, the album doesn’t distinguish itself from any other that Alessandro Del Vecchio has done for Frontiers. Every element breathes perfectly without a hint of spontaneity, and that includes his always impressive keyboards. But in truth, these tunes wouldn’t suit the ‘plug it in, let’s go’ approach, especially on the exquisitely squishy Once More.
Listening to all action closer Save It All, it’s hard not to think of the average vocal ability of current Journey singer Arnell Pineda and who’s banging the tom-toms behind him and have a little wonder.
But hey, with Revolution Saints, we get Castronovo on tap, and along with the well-travelled rhythm of Jeff Pilson and the six-string heroics of Joel Hoekstra, they’ve given melodic rock aficionados a real treat.
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Due to ongoing long wait times at pressing plants, the LP release date will be July 14, 2023.
Eagle Flight track-listing
- Eagle Flight
- Talking Like Strangers
- Need Each Other
- Kids Will Be Kids
- I’ll Cry For You Tonight
- Crime Of The Century
- Set Yourself Free
- Once More
- Save It All
Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Joel Hoekstra: guitars
Jeff Pilson: bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals
Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio