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TEN - ISLA DE MUERTA

ROCKTOPIA RECORDS | Release Date: May 20 2015

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Ten’s latest starts with the sort of rousing marital instrumental opening that makes you feel like you are eyes-closed in the cinema listening to the latest installment of the ‘Pirates’ franchise before the folk vocal washes in to set the scene of buccaneering on the high seas.  


It seems like it’s only been ten minutes since Ten released ‘Albion’ in November last year and so its edifying that this album, concept and performances all reach the standards it set: and as the album unfolds all you love about Ten is there and sounds fresh as it ever did.


‘Tell Me What to Do’ the lead single that follows is classy Melodic Rock with keys that really should have been horns and some great guitar as well as a hook as big as an anchor; following in the wake the moodier ‘Acquiesce’ comes across like vintage Ten with crystal-clear production and another huge chorus.  Ballad ‘Love’ ain’t half bad either…


But it’s the core of the album that really catches light: from the relentless melody of ‘The Dragon and Saint George’ through the catchy chorus and contemporary feel of ’Intensify’ to the epic, guitar-laden ‘Karnak – The Valley of The Kings’ it’s Ten at their collective best.


Nothing here disappoints though and both ‘Revolution’ and the faster ‘Angel of Darkness’ with its opening Hammond impress before the album closes out with the great guitar-driven Melodic rocker ‘The Last Pretender’ and the huge ballad ‘We Can be as One’ which starts with some fine piano and ends with a huge solo: overblown and grandiose as you could wish for.

   
If you love Ten or Melodic Rock in general this is one for the collection, and one you’ll find hard to put down.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 


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