Sunday, October 16, 2016

REVIEW : ROTH BROCK PROJECT / Roth Brock Project (2016)

What is gonna be the result if you take a very talented singer such as Terry Brock (Strangeways, Giant) and a very gifted musician like John Roth (Winger)? The answer is simple; a damn fine project that includes a bunch of some killer hard rock tracks, excellent guitars and, of course, great performances.

So, what we have here is yet another Frontiers Records collaboration between two well-known musicians and the final result will please every fan of the classic hard rock scene.

The sound, as I already mentioned above, is classic hard rock that refers to bands such as Winger, Night Ranger and Giant with killer guitar lines and Brock's passionate vocals. With the opening "Young Gun", we have the first highlight of the new album. A straight forward and in-your-face rocker that includes Roth's high skilled abilities, a chorus to sing-a-long and great arrangements. The groovier "What's It To Ya" is a very good tune while "Young Again" brings back memories from bands such as Night Ranger and Giant with an excellent chorus line.

With "I Don't Know Why", we have a nice mid-tempo song with a lot of power in it and in "Fighter" the boys are delivering a cool rocker. The AOR-ish "My City" will please some Strangeways fans and in "Never Givin' Up" we are dealing with a great bluesy ballad that includes a killer guitar work!!!

John Roth and Terry Brock with this collaboration brings back the sound of the late 80's melodic hard rock scene with a more updated and fresh approach and the result is this extremely interesting record. For the fans of the classic hard rock sound, this album is a big must have. Excellent musicianship, solid performances and some killer tunes!!!!

Rating : 8/10

Track Listing :
Young Gun; What's It To Ya; Young Again; If That's What It Takes; I Don’t Know Why; Distant Voices; We Are; Fighter; My City; Never Givin' Up; Reason To Believe 

Terry Brock:  Lead and Background Vocals
John Roth: Guitars, Bass, Keys, Lead and Background Vocals
Scott Trammell: Drums, Percussion

 Additional Musicians:
Kary Baddour: Piano on "Distant Voices"
Phil Bennet: Keyboards on "Never Givin' Up"
Jeff Adams: Background Vocals on "We Are"
Kory Myers: Background Vocals on "We Are"
Jimmy Fulp: Drums on "Fighter"

Produced and Engineered by: John Roth

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