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A fine album covering a number of genres.

This is the band's third release, behind an eponymous album and an EP ('Desolation'), but the first with new singer, Joseph Michael (Witherfall, Midnight Reign & White Wizzard); a fine album it is too. I don't know how our Reviews Editor is going to categorise it, as there is a wide variety of styles employed across the eleven tracks; that could be a negative, but not here. I enjoyed the album immensely. It's got a great sound quality too; no surprise really, when one learns that James "Jimbo" Barton (Queensrÿche, Rush....) was behind the control desk.

The title track opens the album; it's an instrumental, and like the best of its type has a great melody. 'Save My World' has a Neo-Prog feel not unlike Riverside, while 'Desert Horizons' starts out with an IQ vibe before moving in a Metal direction, with little hints of Iron Maiden and my old mates Balance Of Power. 'We The People' changes the tone and moves things into Melodic Rock territory with its really strong chorus whilst 'Take It Easy Now' throws in the next curve ball, as it's a Blues track straight out of the Jimmy Barnes school. If nothing else it demonstrates the band's versatility, and Michael's ability to adapt to any genre seamlessly. 'Flying High' is a full-on AOR number with an infectious chorus and lovely crisp drumming whereas 'Slow Groove' has just that; it starts off with a Sleazy feel before switching to a more Melodic Rock style.

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'My Sunshine' makes me think of mid-period Europe, with the vocal inflections being not unlike Joey Tempest. It's a more than decent power ballad with an added surge of energy at its conclusion. 'Kicking Down' is another Bluesy track; whilst by no means a poor song, it's not the most memorable of those on offer. 'Loving You' has a Country Rock feel thanks to the guitar refrain, but in essence it's another Melodic Rock song. 'Call An Angel' closes the album with a lighters-in-the-air moment; I can imagine the scene at a gig every time I hear this song – it's a ballad with all the hallmarks; the swaying beat, huge chorus, and a wonderful guitar solo which bizarrely fades out too quickly... huge mistake.

'Before The Storm' is a fine album covering a number of genres; but is none the worse for that.

Gary Marshall

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