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CD REVIEW PALACE VENDOME THUNDER IN THE DISTANCE

PLACE VENDOME

THUNDER IN THE DISTANCE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

 

 

COMING SOON

 

 

Thirteen tracks of classy and powerful Melodic Rock with a definite leaning to AOR – Place Vendome is a project made up of members of 'Pink Cream 69', 'Vanden Plas' and 'Consortium Project'. As melodic Rock goes this is tempered in the sounds that came with the late seventies/early eighties when the genre was still fresh and some would say at its peak, but there’s also an early Hard Rock vibe too on some tracks.

 


When compared to their debut “Thunder In The Distance” seems a step in the right direction: things here are so much slicker than before and there’s a great mix of Melodic gems and Hard Rock anthems in the vein of bands like Bad English.

 


Though the album for me at least doesn’t start off with its strongest foot forward (the first few tracks seem like they are playing it rather safe) it soon gets going. Best of all are tracks like the AOR pairing of ‘Lost In Paradise’ and ‘Heaven Lost’; the rousing rocker ‘Broken Dreams’ and the tear-jerker ‘It Can’t Rain Forever’.

 

 
Elsewhere the uplifting ‘Break Out’, the heavy crunch of ‘Never Too Late’ and the wonderful keys on ‘Fragile Ground’ add depth to the sound. Nice one.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW PLACE VENDOME THUNDER IN THE DISTANCE 2013