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The production on the album, on every level, is horrible and harsh sounding.

I don't get the "praise it simply because it's Rock" mindset of some reviews, if it isn't good then I will be the first to say it isn't good. It seems I'm one of the few people that didn't get the Lords Of Black release; much as the band were more than capable, as an album it failed to do anything for me.
Now we have The Ferrymen, another Ronnie Romero platform that Frontiers seem to be peddling. Why not cash in on the singer chosen by Richie Blackmore when he reformed Rainbow last year? I totally understand their mindset, but they are doing him and themselves no favours by pushing this standard of album out.

This record, from the opening harsh guitar tones, had my bland gland flapping wildly. It's not actually bad, but it's just not that good either. Romero does have a great voice, but don't take my word on it, take Blackmore's. You don't get to be chosen, albeit to the disgust of the diehard Rainbow fans at the time, to front one of the most iconic Rock bands in history on a reformation tour if you're a bit shoddy, and he won over a lot of those diehards so I tip my hat to him.

The production on the album, on every level, is horrible and harsh sounding, and I've listened to it through £20 headphones, £200 industry standard headphones and through expensive studio monitors; it does a huge disservice to the songs.

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The guitar is so harsh that it really just overpowers the rest of the instruments. Magnus Karlsson is a very good player, some of the riffs are great and he can write a good chorus, but that guitar sound just turned me off from the opening riff of the first song. He channels his inner Blackmore/Yngwie Malmsteen on many of the songs and some of the solos are admittedly rather tasty. There's also plenty of Rainbow references in Romero's singing as well (obviously) and he has a solid voice.

There are some bits on the album that I instantly picked up on, some wrong "un's" that cement my initial reasons for not liking this album too much. Maybe I'm too picky, or maybe these sort of things should be picked up before you sell an album. Overall, this should be better!

Tony Marshall

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