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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Rated X - ST Album Review


In the true style of Frontiers Records, Perugino Serafino has installed a group coming from 3 bastions of rocks finest heritage. If the likes of Rainbow, Deep Purple (or Deep Rainbow as it was in JLTs tenure), Malmsteen, Blue Murder, Vanilla Fudge, King Kobra, The Firm, Ozzy, Rod Stewart and Frehley rock your musical world then Rated X is definitely to be on your shopping list of new CDs .Perugino wanted to build a group to show of JLTs immeasurable and undiminished vocal talent, and so Rated X was conceived. If it was a whim project for Perugino, then they don’t come much better than this.

Appice was first on board given his long history with Turner. So who better to bring on next that
Appice’s partner in crime at Blue Murder, bassist Tony Franklin. Long time JLH cohort and collaborator Karl Cochran was an obvious choice for guitar. With a combined age of well over 200, there’s no law that states that you are too old to rock and kick some ass! Not only that some well known guitarists have assisted on the album, Nikolo Kotsev (Baltimoore & Brazen Abbot) and Daniel Palmqvist (X Origin). To think that Cochran

Rated X came under the executive direction of Frontiers ‘go to guy’ Alessandro Del Vecchio, which is the equivalent of the Frontiers seal of approval for quality. We’ve mentioned that bands that rock your (and the RX guys) world, Rated X take all these influences from their past on the chin and have written and produced an album that typifies the term CLASSIC ROCK.

Absolute key to the sound is the husky vocal stylings on Joe Lynn Turner, unaffected and undiminished in power from his Rainbow & Fandango days.  Get Back My Crown is aptly titled as it shows JLT in fine fettle indeed. Never one to be away for more than what seems 5 minutes its great to see him in a band function rather than what seems to be a ‘pay money will travel’ kind of vocalist in recent years. The first video ‘This Is Who I Am’ once more has a formulaic chorus but a bloody catchy and hooky one all the same. “Lhasa’ (no its not a song about JLTs dog) is a Valley of The Kings type affair, (more so for the fact that he sings VOTK in the opening lines) with Cochran pulling (and plucking) the strings. ‘You Are The Music’ drags a little, mainly due the quality preceding it, but again the pace picks up for ‘Peace Of Mind’. The Kotzev guitar fronted ‘I Don’t Cry No More’ and the hard hitting, and belting closer, ‘Stranger In Us All’ and are the closest they come to JLTs and Kotzev’s pomp and classy Brazen Abbot/Rainbow sounding days.

Ale certainly knows how to assist a band with production skills to get the best out of the band dynamic that is Rated X. No doubt adding keyboard fills and BVs?

Basically Rated X could have just come in, taken the money and run by doing a music by numbers album. This is a better bet than I ever envisaged. A sterling effort from some of rocks elders.

Score 85/100

Rated X is…
Joe Lynn Turner – Vocals
Carmine Appice – Drums
Karl Cochran – Guitars
Tony Franklin – Bass

Nikolo Kotsev – guitars on 'Maybe Tonight', 'Peace of Mind', 'Our Love is Not Over'; and lead guitars on 'Stranger In Us All' and 'I Don’t Cry No More'
Daniel Palmqvist – guitars on 'You Are The Music'

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio
Mixed by Pat Regan

Release date 7th Nov in EU / 10th Nov NA

Tracklisting

Get Back My Crown
This Is Who I Am
Fire And ice
I Don’t Cry No More
Lhasa
Devil In Disguise
You Are The Music
Peace Of Mind
Maybe Tonight
On The Way To Paradise
Our Love Is Not Over
Stranger In Us All

 Rated X - Stranger In Us All


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