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Red Rose - On The Cusp Of Change Award winner

Red Rose
On The Cusp Of Change
by CJ "Music God" Plain at 31 January 2013, 1:59 PM

I've oft wondered what it would have sounded like if BOSTON has recorded a new CD while Michael Sweet was the lead singer for them. I'm proud to say, I think we finally have an answer.

The first thing that struck me about RED ROSE was how much the voice of Leve Laiter sounds like Michael Sweet. After that, I was struck by how this band had managed to perfectly blend 70's style Progressive Rock with a very modern sounding rock approach. it's a brilliant mix that works on so many levels.

"When Roses Fade" reminds one of what STRYPER might sound like as a Progressive Rock band. "King Of The Local Crowd" just screams Deep Purple influence. "Alone In The Night" opens with a beautiful acoustic style before the vocals kick in and just soar.

The guitar playing of Elnur Aliev is fabulous here. It reminds of David Gilmour in many ways only with a heavier touch added. The drumming here is provided by Matan Shmuely of the ORPHANED LAND fame and he does a great job of really adding the needed punch to drive these tunes.

This is highly recommended for anyone that is a Progressive Rock fan, enjoys 70s inspired Rock, or just wants a great new band to kick back to. As stated, this works on every level and is a simply marvellous dose of Heavy Rock.

5 Star Rating

1. When Roses Faded
2. Chasing Freedom
3. King of the Local Crowd
4. Original Sin
5. Alone in the Night
6. This Bitter World
7. Don't Believe These Tales
8. Seize the Day
Leve Laiter - Vocals
Elnur Aliev - Guitars
Deion Kristen - Keyboards
Eli Reeve - Bass
Matan Shmuely - Session Drums
Record Label: Scarlet Records


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