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Not up to the standards of the discerning Melodic Rock fan.

As it can be said for most things, timing is paramount to success. Initial attempts for the band Love And War to bring their music to the masses was badly timed and quickly snuffed out by the changing musical trends of the early nineties. Unperturbed, they recently reunited, rebranded themselves Apocalyptic Lovers and are determined to turn lemons into lemonade more than two decades later.

However, their collective efforts to get that proverbial spotlight to shine in their direction will require a bit more coaxing given the nuggets of good ideas, the ones that could become linchpins for some great songs, rarely converge to create a standout moment. Of the eight tracks, two are worthy of mention. 'Dying Day' closes the album and is the band at its most consistent featuring some accomplished guitar playing. 'The Groove' is also enjoyable with Mike Nagy's melodic bass lines adding some beautiful color to the arrangement.

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Since he and his company were responsible for many legendary Hard Rock albums of the eighties, Michael Wagener and his Double Trouble Productions' involvement with AL is enough to garner the band some instant credibility. That said, his handling of 'Redemption...' is disappointing and the results are an album that suffers the same sonic limitations as those classics released decades earlier.

The silver bullet in Apocalyptic Lovers' arsenal comes in the form of vocalist Robert Kane. He possesses a refined tenor and silky timbre which will draw comparisons to AOR favorites like Roxx Diamond, White Sister and Airrace. Reviewing 'Redemption...' as a demo, the band clearly demonstrates potential.

Re-recording these songs with a better attention to detail with regards to tighter rhythm tracking and cleaner production would give the music the boost that it needs to warrant consideration. Accepted in its current state, 'Redemption Volume 1' is not up to the standards of the discerning Melodic Rock fan and those interested should wait to see how the band fares if and when they return to the studio for the second volume.

Brent Rusche

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