IAN PARRY Visions |
After making a name for himself on the European progressive metal scene, this is Englishman Ian Parry's first solo album in a decade.
'Visions' is his attempt to bridge contemporary power and progressive metal with more traditional classic rock, and the results are mixed.
Opener Innocent Minds is a cracking piece of symphonic rock, pitching to the Nightwish market with some female co-vocals, and equally impressive follow-up Anything So Easily is more straight ahead classic rock, reminding me of Gotthard, at least vocally.
But other than Lovin' a Stranger, the rest of the album tails off disappointingly with a series of mid-tempo, somewhat plodding songs, or worse - the trip-hop beats of Slip Away just didn't work for me.
Ian's throaty voice calls to mind Doogie White or a more melodic Biff Byford, but I'm afraid I found the lyrical sentiments of Smiley People and Visions painfully twee. In summary, a mixed bag that fails to live up to its early promise.
Review by Andy Nathan