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Red Rose: On the Cusp of Change

Red Rose have been busy little beavers since forming in Israel in 2010. 2011 saw the release of Live The Life You've Imagined which I for one certainly enjoyed and now we have On the Cusp of Change which again features the production talents of Tommy Hansen as well as the drumming talents of Orphan Land's Matan Shmuely. The product is also nicely packaged in artwork by Jobert Mello (Primal Fear, Sabaton, Benedictum.) That said, as Dave Hlubek from Molly Hatchet once said, "Nobody ever had an album sleeve played over the radio." Scarlet Records are certainly confident, describing the album and the band thus; "Red Rose were able to reach a new, higher level of maturity and musical complexity, delivering 8 tracks of astonishing beauty."

It's up to the individual listener whether or not you buy into that piece of hyperbole but there's some terrific material on offer especially when the band team their progressive nature with their inner Deep Purple as on either of the first two tracks. "Alone in the Night" is a ballad which would fit very nicely onto any early-mid HammerFall album except the guitar work is better! The playing throughout is spot on especially in the six-string department where Elnur Aliev must be congratulated on his performance but then so should the rest of the band as this is one of the better early releases of 2013.

Track Listing:
  1. When Roses Faded
  2. Chasing Freedom
  3. King of the Local Crowd
  4. Original Sin
  5. Alone in the Night
  6. This Bitter World
  7. Don't Believe These Tales
  8. Seize the Day

Added: February 1st 2013
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 2550
Language: english

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