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TracklistingBack On My Trail; Turn Back Time; You're Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda); Locked Out Of Paradise; Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon); Dream On; Don't Walk Away; Here Forever; Strangers To This Life; Better World; How To Mend A Broken Heart; In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song). Bonus tracks (deluxe edition only): You Are Not Alone (Arnel Pineda version); Way To The Sun (Doug Aldrich version); You Are Not Alone (Deen Castronovo Version).

DVD content: Making of the Album documentary; Turn Back Time (videoclip); Back On My Trail (videoclip); Here Forever (videoclip); Way to the Sun (lyric video)  

‘Back on My Trail’ which opens this first album by Revolution Saints can’t help but draw comparisons with latter-day Journey and it’s not just Deen Castronovo’s unmistakable vocals, but the whole feel of this little Melodic gem, driven by Jack Blades’ bass and the wonderful tone of Doug Aldrich’ guitar. It’s a great way to start an album that promises to be anything but just another Melodic release. If anything ‘Turn Back Time’ (the latest video) which follows swiftly afterwards is just as good if not better, soaring even higher, with more guitars and a harder refrain. It’s the sort of song that makes it feel good to be alive.

One of the bonuses with this album though are the Journey cameos and both Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda make appearances: Pineda first on the searching semi-ballad ‘You’re Not Alone’ a song which is perhaps the least-Journey-like here: a straight Melodic powerhouse wringing with emotion and yet beautifully restrained musically. Schon doesn’t take too much longer to appear – adding guitar to ‘Way to the Sun’ perhaps one of the most beautiful moments here, beginning with soft almost ‘Bad Co’ guitars before bursting into life in stages underpinned by keys and power chords. It’s a definite highlight but in such consistent company that’s probably no more than personal preference at the time of writing.

This album really doesn’t put a foot wrong if you need classy uplifting feel-good Melodic Rock to fuel your soul, and it comes in all shapes and forms: songs like ‘Locked Out of Paradise’, one of the heavier numbers here; the anthemic ‘Dream On’ and second ballad and very-Journey ‘Don’t Walk Away’ all keep up the quality.  
The album comes home just as strong with Aldrich adding some great guitar to the driving ‘Here Forever’. ‘Strangers to this Life’ adds a nice riff and bursts with life before ‘Better World’ adds European flavour to the Journey vibe that has in truth been constant throughout.

We close with ‘How to Mend a Broken Heart’: an impassioned version of the Eclipse classic and ‘In the Name of the Father’ a gentle keys-led ballad which takes it all back to the basics of the music we love and shows that it is all about the emotion and how that is presented. It’s beautiful and a great way to end.

Getting Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees), Aldrich (Whitesnake, Burning Rain) and Castronovo (Journey, Bad English) together with ubiquitous Frontiers Keysman and producer Del Vecchio sounds on paper like a dream come true, and for once a supergroup  manages to take that promise and deliver the goods…



by Mark Rockpit