Revolution Saints – “Revolution Saints” (Frontiers Records)
Give me liberty or give me death! Such was the war cry in 1775 during the American Revolution that it still resonates so strongly over 200 years later. Creating no less of a stir in the rock world now is the new super group formed by drummer supreme Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne) and made up of guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) and bassist Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees)! Put these 3 rock titans together and the sound of classic US melodic hard rock once again resonates ecstatically through my ears on this classy debut. I’ve long been an admirer of Deen’s vocal capability, especially when he sings those Journey numbers, and its now unleashed in its full measure whether on rockers like ‘How To Mend A Broken Song’ or deep, heartfelt ballads like ‘Don’t Walk Away’. Whilst there is a strong Journey feel to the material, and that’s not just because of guest slots from Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda, its thankfully not a carbon copy owed largely to Aldrich’s wild n powerful guitars that have a sound of their own like on ‘Turn Back Time’ and whose solos truly touch the heavens on the soft piano closer of ‘In The Name Of The Father. Originally the vision of label president and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, who also contributed largely to the song writing, this is a very classy album indeed befitting the pedigree of these rock veterans, who are some of the best all around musicians in the game today, and lovers of this style will no doubt be going to war for this one.