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Resurrection Kings: Resurrection Kings

I was skipping through the pay tv music channels recently and what a disappointment it was, the songs had little very appeal to myself anyway, and where have all the band's gone? It's Little wonder why I haven't listened to the commercial radio stations in such a long time. Well lucky for us there still are plenty of others options like the Resurrection Kings. Here we have an exciting new rock group from California that are releasing their self titled debut album highly influenced by the eighties and a touch of some of the earlier classic hard rock acts. This is one talented and experience line-up that consists of guitarist Craig Goldy (ex. Dio), drummer Vinny Appice (ex. Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell), bass player Sean McNabb (ex.Dokken and Quite Riot) and vocalist Chas West (Red Dragon Cartel, Bonham). Together as the Resurrection Kings they have recorded one very impressive melodic hard rock album.

Resurrection Kings features plenty of single material, the hooks are so plentiful, and given their performances and the way this band's members have combined so effectively you would hope that Resurrection Kings isn't another of those one off "super group" releases. Craig Goldy's guitar work will be the drawcord for many and rightly so as he is on fire on Resurrection Kings though his fellow band mates are also notable with a rock solid rhythm section and Chas West's powerful vocals which are so impressive, there are times when he does remind one of David Coverdale. Standout tracks like "Who Did You Run To" have all the traits of those top 80's hard rocking tunes, the vocal harmonies and Goldy's guitar input are most welcome. The production is spot on and there's variety also like the groove incorporated numbers "Path Of Life" and "Silent Wonder", upbeat rockers "Had Enough" and "Don't Have To Fight No More" and the power ballad "Never Say Goodbye". Classic hard rock lives on thanks to great bands like Resurrection Kings and those long running acts whom are thankfully still going strong, and that has to be a good thing especially given some of the alternatives


Track Listing
1. Distant Prayer
2. Livin' Out Loud
3. Wash Away
4. Who Did You Run To
5. Fallin' For You
6. Never Say Goodbye
7. Path Of Love
8. Had Enough
9. Don't Have To Fight No More
10. Silent Wonder
11. What You Take

Added: January 9th 2016
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
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Resurrection Kings: Resurrection Kings
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2016-01-09 07:42:42
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The always capable and dependable Craig Goldy (Dio/Budgie/Rough Cut/Dio Disciples/Giuffria) never seems to be one to sit still for too long, and he's back again with another new band/project in the form of Resurrection Kings, with their new self-titled debut for Frontiers Records ready to be consumed by classic hard rock & metal fans worldwide. Along with vocalist Chas West (Tribe of Gypsies/Bonham/Foreigner), long time drum mate Vinny Appice (Dio/Black Sabbath), and bassist Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob/Dokken/Quiet Riot), there is a ton of pedigree here that culminates in a classy, heavy rocking album. Goldy unleashes a non-stop array of massive riffs and screaming pinch harmonic drenched solos, over which West absolutely soars and the rhythm team rumbles just below the surface. "Livin' Out Loud" sees vintage Led Zeppelin collide with classic Dio, while "Distant Prayer", "Wash Away", "Who Do You Run To", "Path of Love", and "Had Enough" just scream '80s Whitesnake, Badlands, and Dokken. There's even an epic nature to "Fallin' For You" that will remind of classic Rainbow, thanks to Goldy's majestic guitar work, powerful vocals from West, and a smattering of glorious keyboards. The monstrous closer "What You Take" even goes into bluesy, almost doom laden territory, with Goldy again unleashing some truly heavy riffing, clearly wanting to make a statement that he's a guitar hero still at the top of his game.

This is a crushing yet highly accessible album that's going to turn a lot of heads, and a killer release here in the early part of 2016. Recommended!



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