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As debuts go, this one is pretty damn good.

When this album fell into my lap, the cover imagery, and the fact that it was Female-Fronted, had me deciding (wrongly) that I was going to be listening to another Gothic Rock album. So to say that I was very pleasantly surprised when Epic (who are a band made up of members who come from as far afield as Canada, America and Lebanon) turned out to be an act who played music which showed a deep abiding love for Classic Hard Rock from the seventies and eighties, would be an understatement.

In their favour are two things; firstly, in singer Tanya Rizkala they have someone who clearly has the pipes, presence and attitude to help them go a long way; secondly, for me they have the all-important songs. Now I've read online that they have a similar sound to Toronto, Headpins and Heart; I know that Rizkala has a love for all things Ann Wilson but as I played this album I found myself (favourably) comparing the band's sound and vocal's to our very own Dante Fox and Romeo's Daughter (no bad thing).

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'Love Will Find A Way', 'Angels', the wonderfully paced 'I Need You', 'Like A Phoenix' and 'Save A Little Love' are all prime examples of what I'm referring to; melodic, catchy and full of great musicianship, showing just what Epic are all about. Despite the fact that the band are from all points of the compass, there is a real Britishness to their style of Rock. This can only help them in the future as it separates them from the many other bands trying to sound as American as they can. For me personally though, where the band really shine is on their ballads. 'My Everything', 'I Can Take You', with its soulful melody and ethereal edge, and the beautiful 'Sleepless Angels' are songs where Rizkala's warm, emotional vocal's tug at the heart strings that, when combined with the complimentary guitar playing of Mike Agostine, helps to make these tracks barnstormers.

I have to say that as debuts go, this one is pretty damn good – I like it a hell of a lot. So give Epic a chance, as they have everything needed in their musical locker to hopefully take that next big step up the Melodic Rock ladder.

Ian Johnson

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