This debut, "Rise Up", showcases the full range of both melodic hard rock and AOR influences of everybody involved. Smooth and powerful vocals, some really amazing guitar solos, a tight musicianship and solid tracks are the ingredients of this excellent opus.
"Never Surrender" is just brilliant! Heavier with a killer chorus in it this track is among my personal favorites out of "Rise Up". The ultra late 80's "Lady Rock" must be played on a maximum volume while in the moodier "Last Freedom" and the much heavier "Family Affair" we can find two more highlights out of this debut release! "Heaven" is a nice and very emotional acoustic ballad while in "Hometown Girl" we have a killer up-beat melodic rock gem!
After several spins of "Rise Up", I have to say that this is a true and very old-fashioned way melodic rock/hard rock album that will light up your day with good vibes!
Songwritting : 8
Production : 8
Songs : 8
Musicianship : 8
Overall Rating : 8 / 10