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Ten: Stormwarning

Ten, one of Britain's most expressive rock bands has just released album number nine, an album called Stormwarning an album that brings back memories of the stunning The Name of The Rose and Spellbound. Gary has even procured the services of Luis Royo, the designer who created the artwork for the album covers of Spellbound and Babylon to complete the whole experience.

The album is another awesome release, it's melodic, passionate and stunning, which will have fans salivating. It may have been some time since their last release, but the wait has been well worth it. Mr. Hughes and company do not fail to deliver their high quality craftsmanship, each passage being expressive and emotional. There may have been some line up changes, which to be honest hasn't taken anything away from the quality that is expected from this band, in fact, if anything, it has enhanced and complemented the sound adding a somewhat freshness to the whole affair, which has been capped by the stunning production work of Dennis Ward.

The album is full of songs inspired by tales of glory, war, death and of course the mandatory staple of melodic rock bands love. Whether the band are pounding out the heavier bombastic rock of "Endless Symphony" or "Centre of My Universe", being reminiscent of Spellbound era TEN, the Celtic tinged "Destiny", the stunning "The Hourglass and the Landslide" or the sexily but challenging "Book of Secrets", the band do not disappoint. The beauty of the whole album is that it's not immediate, it's a grower and when I say grower I mean GROWER. It could be easy to write this album off, but those who stick around, will be richly rewarded with what TEN have created here, an album of memorable rock songs.

Here is a band that is moving in the same circles as the likes of classic Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and Queen. If you are a fan you are going to love it. If you are not already a convert this is a very good starting point. This is an album that will have fans talking.


Track Listing
1 Endless Symphony
2 Centre of My Universe
3 Kingdom Come
4 Book of Secrets
5 Stormwarning
6 Invisible
7 Love Song
8 The Hourglass and the Landslide
9 Destiny
10 The Wave

Added: May 8th 2011
Reviewer: John OBoyle
Score:
Related Link: http://www.ten-official.com
Hits: 2079
Language: english

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Ten: Stormwarning
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-05-08 07:16:26
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Interesting to see that drum legend Mark Zonder (Fates Warning/Warlord/Chroma Key) is now recording with famed UK act Ten, appearing with them for the first time on their latest CD Stormwarning. At first, it didn't seem like a good pairing, but after making your way through Stormwarning, Zonder's thunderous & technical style has seemingly done wonders for this veteran act. Gary Hughes & Co. have always been great at combining hard rock with symphonic arrangements, and this one is no exception.

Just listen to Hughes' soaring pipes over a bed of guitar crunch from John Halliwell & Neil Fraser on opener "Endless Symphony" , while Zonder flails underneath and a massive bed of keys from Paul Hodson provides the orchestration. There's more high quality symphonic heavy rock from that point, as other tunes such as "Centre of My Universe", "Book of Secrets", the engaging title track, the proggy yet quite pop flavored "The Hourglass and the Landslide", and the majestic "Destiny" all impress mightily.

As with most Ten releases, Stormwarning is just classy from start to finish. The production is sparkling, and the CD booklet adorned with awesome artwork. If you like heavy, symphonic melodic rock, you've come to the right place.



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