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Blomqvist, Henric & Friends: All Of Your Illusions

First solo album by Finnish guitarist Henric Blomqvist that came about following a conversation with sometime Rainbow / MSG vocalist Doogie White and sees Blomqvist call on several of his friends in the music industry to add their contributions. Aside from White this also includes vocalists Jari Tiura (Stargazery, ex-MSG), Jukka Nummi (Rainbow Shakers, Angry Machines, ex-Myon), Johan Mattjus, (Solid Faces, ex-Stormwing). The other musicians featuring acorss the album are Jonas Kuhlberg (bass, MyGrain), Sven Wannäs (Hammond & keyboards, Solid Faces, Kaos Krew, ex-Stormwing) and Roger Snellman (drums, Solid Faces, ex-Tinderbox).

This is very much an album with its sound and style based on the classic rock style of the 80's and in particular Perfect Strangers era Deep Purple and Joe Lynn Turner fronted Rainbow are two that come immediately to mind. Blomqvist's considerable talents as a guitarist of note are very much at the forefront and, unlike similarly conceived projects, the theme of utilising several different lead vocalists does not detract from the end result or interrupt the flow of the album. This is also more than just a guitarists showcase as exemplified by the Hammond driven 'Black Sky' and the swirling keys of the rock solid instrumental title track, both of which could be viewed as tributes to the late Jon Lord. Overall this is a consistently strong debut album with some inspired musicianship and with all of the Classic Rock trademarks.

Track List:-
Place of Fear
Pain That Gains
Black Sky
Plenty of Reasons
Till the End of Time
When We Were Young
Perfect Dream
Lonely as I Am
All of Your Illusions

Added: July 14th 2014
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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