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Rage of Angels Dreamworld CD Review

RAGE OF ANGELS

DREAMWORLD

ESCAPE MUSIC

2013

 

AN ALBUM OF REAL QUALITY

 

When you look at the credits on and album and they include the likes of Harry Hess, Robert Hart, Danny Vaughn, Ralf Scheepers, Tommy Denander, Ralph Santolla, Vinny Burns, Xander Demos and so many more great names associated with Melodic Rock you have every right to expect something special.

 

Brainchild of original TEN keyboardist Ged Rylands, whose credits are considerable, RAGE OF ANGELS is the culmination of ten years of writing and definitely has the feel of some of the key players here – there are elements of Hess’ HAREM SCAREM and definite touches of both TEN and TYKETTO/VAUGHN.

 

From the very first moments of ‘Dreamworld’ you know that you are in safe hands and the theme is set for the whole album- great songs, strong vocals and amazing guitars. For those who thought that Ged might come out with a keys-heavy offering you will be amazed by how guitar heavy this release is. Just check out ‘Requiem for the Forgotten Soldier’ if you want to see four guitars tearing through some amazing lead work.

 


Staples like ‘Through it All’ tick all of the melodic boxes and fall into the rockier category with standouts like the opener and title track and ‘Falling’. That’s only part of the story though:  Danny Vaughn excels on mid-tempo ‘Over and Over’ and we even get a few heavier touches, but essentially the heart and soul of Rage of Angels is Hard Rock with and AOR sheen. ‘Spinning Wheel’ has a great groove not a million miles from Whitesnake, but mashed with 70’s glam rock sensibitities.  Most of all though we love the ballad: ‘The Beating of Your Heart’ which soars; the epic AOR ‘We Live, We Breathe, We Die’ and ‘Over and Over’.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

RAGE OF ANGELS DREAMWORLD CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013