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TEN

HERESY AND CREED

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2012

 

ANOTHER STORMING RELEASE FROM TEN

 

 

Starting off with a short instrumental stab and calling it track one is and always has been one of my pet hates, but ‘Arabian nights’ that follows, with its lush meandering Eastern intro and driving riff is enough for immediate forgiveness. Ten whose last album we loved look like putting on another strong performance…

 

 



There is a little disagreement at Rockpit HQ on this one though, with Mark thinking it misses some of the immediacy that its predecessor ‘Stormwarning’ had; I on the other hand think it actually builds upon that great return and just gets stronger. I won the toss for the review!

 

 

 

One of the best here: ‘Gunrunning’ is a great song with some great melodies and there's plenty of similarly great songs on here, though sadly nothing that grabs you by the throat and shouts I am an absolute classic: though that won’t be far away. A band that were always seen as a B-Grader are now knocking on the door of straight A’s.

 

 



Among my favourite songs here are the moody and mid-tempo: ‘The lights go down’ and the folk-tinged misty morning ballad ‘Ravens Eye’ that sets a mystic mood that recalls early Ten albums, with touches of ‘Scarborough Fair’ riffage and the light ‘Prog’ of Asia.

 

 

 

All of course is held together by some great guitar by new man Dan Mitchel and Gary Hughes wonderful  vocals. If you are already a fan you are bound to be impressed and if you are looking for some great, epic, sprawling melodic metal then these guys are at their peak!

 

 



I’m sure it's as good as Stormwarning, in fact it’s even better.

 

 

By Jo Rockpit