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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!!!
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
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
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!)