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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!!!
Out of all the five Frontiers releases
planned for this week, the Dimino album was the one that I wanted to hear the
most. Most people who will be drawn to the Frontiers roster will know of Frank
Diminos past glory and pedigree with glam rockers Angel. Yes you remember them,
the ones Gene Simmons plucked from obscurity, and dropped them back into
obscurity when they failed to ignite on five albums. Perhaps it was the
androgynous white outfits, or maybe just that they were overhyped and not that
As all good Frontier bands projects, this
one is no different. Pick a singer from the past (check), put him with some
other old musicians (check), and hopefully some of the cream will rise to the
top? Involved in Dimino are Oz Fox (Stryper), Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister),
Ricky Medlocke (Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd), and former Angel band mates Punky
Meadows and Barry Brandt.
First thing to not is that Frank sounds
good. Great even. Even better is the fact that he has gone for his own thing
and not done like others have and tried to recreate the past he had with Angel.
‘Old Habits Die Hard’ is a straight 6, out and out powerhouse rock album.
‘Never Again’ roars out of the blocks like
Usain Bolt wearing a meat unitard being chased by a rabid hoard of
zombies.‘Mad As hell’, ‘Rockin’ In The
City’ and ‘The Quest’ just powers along with a sense of power and purpose; all
have great riffs and soaring soloing.‘I
Cant Stop Loving You’ sees Dimino in great vocal form. He probably, (strike
that), definitely sounds better than his Angel days. ‘Tears Will Fall’ is in a
similar soaring vein, and sounds like a song that Dokken could have written in
the days when they were great! Top it all off with ‘Sweet Sensation’, and OHDH
is a very surprising and welcome addition to the Frontiers label
It’s a mystery why he hasn’t been plying
his trade globally these past years as he is a man right on top of his game.
I’ve hyped up a few Frontiers releases this year, but if you have to buy one,
make it this one! If there’s to be a 3rd Frontiers fest next year,
Dimino surely must be on it!
Frank DiMino: Lead Vocals
Justin Avery: Organ, Background Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Oz Fox / Paul Crook / Jeff Labansky / Punky Meadows / Jeff Duncan / Eddie Ojeda / Dylan DiMino / Rickey Medlocke: Guitars
Danny Miranda / Paul Crook: Bass