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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!!!

Wednesday 11 April 2018

Issa - 'Run With The Pack' Album Review

Issa - Run With The Pack

Review by Dean Buckley
Norwegian/ Brit ISSA returns with what is her fifth and probably best album to date ‘Run With The Pack’, I've always preferred ISSA live than her recorded albums. Im finding past efforts struggled with a ‘style over substance’ issue but on ‘RWTP’ all is forgiven . The new line up includes Mr Frontiers himself Alessandro Del Vecchio tinkling the ivories, the monster guitar work of Simone Mularoni from progressive metal band DGM . The album is rounded out by Andrea ToWer Torricini from Vision Divine on bass dutis, and Marco Di Salvia from hot new band Kee of Hearts on the drum stool.  This is by far, Issa’s best line up yet.  It's brought a new cohesiveness and drive to what might be ISSA's most consistent release .

ISSA is no stranger to the odd duet this time around with the sublime ‘Sacrifice Me’ featuring the mighty Deen Castronovo (he of Revolution Saints fame) , the gorgeous balladry of ‘How Long’ showcasing ISSA’s vocal prowess to it's fullest or the much harder hitting ‘Closer To You’ with a huge guitar solo . ‘Run With The Pack’ is ‘all killer no filler’. Production is handled by Mr Del Vecchio so the sound is crisp and punchy . If you’re a fan of quality melodic rock or just female fronted rock in general you will love this release I certainly did.

Rating 8/10


1. Am I Losin’ You 
2. Run With The Pack
3. Sacrifice Me (feat. Deen Castronovo)
4. How Long
5. The Sound Of Yesterday
6. Come Back Again Now
7. Talk To Your Heart
8. Bittersweet
9. Closer To You
10. Irreplaceable
11. Everything To Me

PRODUCED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio, Executive producer Serafino Perugino
STUDIO: Ivorytears Music Works Studios, Somma Lombardo, IT, Domination Studio, San Marino, ToWer’s Dungeon, Florence, IT, Hardcore Studio, York, UK
RECORDED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio, Andrea Seveso
MIXED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio
MASTERED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio

Issa Oversveen – vocals
Simone Mularoni – guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards
Andrea ToWer Torricini - bass,
Marco Di Salvia - drums

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