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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!!!

Sunday 12 May 2013

Orianthi - Heaven In This Hell Album Review

If it wasn’t for a (very) guilty pleasure I would never have come across the Antipodean Steve Vai…Orianthi. The guilty pleasure being American Idol. I cant stand the UK shite, but I’ve been hooked on AI since Season 4. A couple of years ago AI got Orianthi on to plug ‘According To You’. Now I wasn’t taken back by the song although it was a grower, I was attracted to the shredding in-between the lines. Damn, she was good! I got “Believe” and her other earlier effort, “Violet Journey”. Both were OK but I felt that her record company was pushing her to be a heavier/rockier version than the very first AI Alum, Kelly Clarkson. This is great for the US market but pretty shite for most other countries. I was chuffed when she got the Michael Jackson comeback gig only to be stuffed when he died. Then more recently she got the axe-slingers job with a certain Mr Cooper

I was keen to listen, and very pleased to get this CD in the post to review. There is a marked difference and bloody big improvement with Heaven In This Hell compared to the other stuff, but there’s more than a nod to her past which needs a good cleansing. I put this down to being more in control of what she wants to do, and the comparative support that comes from a label that knows what to do with an artiste like Orianthi.

Immediate the change hits you in the face (and ears!). Gone is the overtly insipid US radio sound, and has been replaced with a more Southern Rock / Blues / Country feel (and its for the better). Title track, and opener “Heaven In This Hell” really sets her stall out – a tub thumpin’, rabble-rousin’ butt kickin’ belter. Orianthi’s voice having more of a rock rasp than previously heard, and coupled with a more blues rock, she’s out to make her mark. “You Don’t Wanna Know” is a blues/country fuelled little ditty with ‘hit’ written all over it, a sure-fire contender for 2nd single. Good thing is, shes not letting rip every chance she gets, letting the substance of the songs doing the talking. “Fire” is a low down and dirty Blues number which should rid her of her young followers with any chance! Hopefully they’ve given up listening by now. “If You Think You Know Me” borders more on the old Orianthi, a power pop/rock number. “How Do You Sleep” is another Gary Moore/Bo Diddley effort – but I don’t know if she’s had too much of a hard life to be singing the blues! It’s a welcome change from the previous stuff, so that alone makes it worthwhile and more listenable. Once you get to the mid point, Orianthi’s past resurfaces and it becomes more of the heavy Clarkson sound, but with a little more maturity than the likes of “Believe”. That’s not bad, per se, but I’d prefer it if she could stick with the first half ass kicking vibe, rather than some music by numbers seen in the second half

Lots of people can play guitar, but very few have substance. She’s not there yet but on first listen to this, she’s well on her way to becoming a bonafide rock star and a global one at that.

I think that she needs to take a step back and decide what comes next, as her playing is of a standard that few can match, and that is where her future lies, either as a shit hot guitarist, or as a part of a bloody good rock band.

Score 65/100


1. heaven In This hell
2. You Don't Wanna know
3. Fire
4. If U Think U Know Me
5. How Do You Sleep
6. Frozen
7. Rock
8. Another You
9. How Does That Feel
10. Filthy Blues
11. If U Were Here With Me

Pamela Moore - Resurrect Me Album Review

Released - 14th May 2013
RatPak Records - www.ratpakrecords.com/pamelamoore

Now, Rock Fans, unless you are a fan of Queensryche, or Queensryche, then  its possible that you haven’t really heard of Ms Moore before. I’m certain I saw her perform with QR on the Empire tour back in 1990, and that is the last I’ve seen, or heard of her until this very week!

Known by millions as "Sister Mary" for her role in Queensryche's platinum selling "Operation Mindcrime", Pamela Moore’s “Resurrect Me” is a full length offering that combines the best elements of heavy metal music, both past and present. Featuring Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Brooke Lizotte (Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis) , and popular Chicago based metal guitarist Michael Posch, “Resurrect Me” brings an uncompromising wall of sound while showcasing Pamela’s three and a half octave range and melodic vocal arrangements. 

Taking inspiration from Rush and leppard, Resurrect Me has been four years (yes...four!) in the making, and is a well-polished powerful 10 track album that stands on its own against anything in today’s metal marketplace!

Id forgotten what a superb voice Ms Moore owns an absolute cracker of a vocal range. No wonder she was used for Mindcrime. With every song on this album I expect a younger Geoff Tate to chip in and match her note for note. Her voice is as good if not better than it was 25 yrs ago!

One thing is for certain, Resurrect Me is a powerful Metal album, and one I admit that I wasn’t expecting to hear from her. Also she’s unearthed a gem in guitarist Michael Posch (who also wades in with keys & bass). "Acquiescent" is a great opener and sets the tone with Moore proving she has a voice to stun, but is not the best on the album. Negative? No way, as it only gets even better. "Melt Into You", gives her the chance to stretch her vocal cords even more, with Posch adding riffs equally to Moore's dexterity. "Paranoia" (new video and single) is the most subdued song so far. I expect her to let rip at some stage but it never happens. "We Are Damaged" again has Posch to thank for yet another powerful riff. Title track "Resurrect Me", drops the frenetic pace a little, proving to be the dark and moody ballad of the album, picking up the attack in the second half. 

Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear joins Pamela for a duet on the thumping "The Sky Is Falling", and we have Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) adding his skills to the guitar solo on "Awakening", with Moore yet again unleashing her force 

Resurrect Me is a mighty fine Metal album. It makes me want to get my mitts on her back catalogue. Not just for fans of QR, but for fans of powerful riffs, and a vocal performance that few people in the world can match

For me now, there’s only one Queensryche, and its the one that had to cancel their UK tour recently - only to return in Oct. Wouldn't it be rather splendid if someone had the great idea to put Pamela Moore on as the support, and appear in the main event! Now that would be something special

PS I don't know how old Ms Moore is, but judging by the pics on the CD, she looks bloody fantastic!

Official release date is set for Tuesday May 14th, 2013. If you’re quick, ‘’Resurrect Me’’ is available in a few nice little packages from RatPack Records which includes a full colour lyric and photo booklet, signed pic, tour t-shirt, stickers, and a personal thank you call from the Metal diva herself (only 25 available!)

Score 90/100

Resurrect Me Teaser Linkhttp://youtu.be/tJhqHG55fJg

Paranoia -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIe9dApQTis