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CRUSH 40 'Frontiers' (Frontiers 2003)

This band revolves around vocalist Johnny Gioeli (Alex Rudi Pell/Hardline) and guitarist Jun Senoue, with the band completed by bass player Naoto Shibata and Hirotsugu Homma on drums. This was originally released in Japan under the band names of Sons of Angels. A lively start with the uptempo rocker `Live & Learn', swiftly followed by `Revvin' Up' with a driving guitar and some lively guitar soloing. Guitars figure heavily in `In The Lead', another powerful slab of melodic rock. `Watch Me Fly' slows the pace down a little, being a very laid back AOR in style complete with piano and subdued guitar. `Dangerous Ground' brings to mind Y&T with its musical bombast and fast riffing.

TNT/Westworld vocalist Tony Harnell guests on `It Doesn't Matter' which sounds not unlike a TNT song in its style. Harnell then joins forces with fellow vocalist Ted Poley (Melodica/Danger Danger) for the rockin' closer `Escape From The City' - a fine end to the album. A very polished album of quality hard rock tunes that will appeal to fans of Johnny Gioeli's other bands, Hardline and Alexi Rudi Pell.



Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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