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Overall, 'Radiation Romeos' has a feel of an album rushed together.

Radiation Romeos are a new band formed by Parramore "Perry" McCarty, famed front-man of US Metal act Warrior and Steve Steven' Atomic Playboys. The name actually came from a line in the song 'Atomic Playboys'. McCarty began to assemble a band, recruiting Dag Heyne (guitar), Jogi Spittka (Bass) and drummer Gereon Homann. Also heavily involved in the project is producer Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Casanova) who also co-wrote most of the songs, their aim being a melodic album with Metallic undertones.

The title track kicks off with Dag's blistering guitars, before McCarty's gravelly tones kick in and in truth it deflects from what could be a great song; musically it is spot on. 'Ocean Drive' follows on and begins with a Night Ranger-esque start but goes steadily downhill, the song tries too hard with guitar solos and catchy choruses but it comes across totally clichéd. Things do improve over the coming songs, the heavier selections are a definite improvement and are more suited to McCarty's tones.

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The ballad 'Like An Arrow' shows a smoother side to McCarty's voice, but what stands out are the dire lyrics; it's more parody than Parramore. 'Castaways' is one of the grittier songs on the album, again featuring great guitar work from Dag. The rest of the album is solid, but I feel there is just not enough depth to the songs; it feels like they have just pieced together the parts with very little thought.

Overall, 'Radiation Romeos' has a feel of an album rushed together, with a little time and better selection of songs to suit McCarty's voice, this could have been an exciting project. For me, it suffers from poor lyrics and a lack of style, in McCarty's case the heavier the better. The musicianship and production are excellent as you would expect from a Frontiers release. With the plethora of releases from new and established acts this year, I fear this album will get lost in the mix. Check out the samples before committing.

Mick Parry

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