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Joshua - 1988 Intense Defence

ARTIST: Joshua
ALBUM: Intense Defence
SERIAL: PD 71905
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Joshua Perahia - guitars * Rob Rock - vocals * Emil Lech - bass * Greg Schultz - keyboards * Tim Gehrt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Reach Up * 02 I've Been Waiting * 03 Only Yesterday * 04 Crying Out For Love * 05 Living On The Edge * 06 Tearing At My Heart * 07 Remembering You * 08 Look To The Sky * 09 Don't You Know * 10 Stand Alone


This is a fairly monstrous slab of melodic rock. No two ways about it. Dynamic, great production, and all the musicians are playing out of their skins. Joshua Perahia is better known in christian rock circles, and had released a few albums before this one, including 'Hand Is Quicker Than The Eye' and the 'Surrender' album two years prior. The latter featuring none other than christian rock luminaries Ken Tamplin and the omnipresent vocalist Jeff Fenholt. For the Intense Defence recording, Joshua moved camp to Germany where he recorded the whole thing at Dierks Studios with Frank Mono, alongside a collection of guys who had a history steeped in secular heavy rock bands and projects.

The Songs
This amalgam of talent has put together a collection of memorable melodic rock belters, with guitar fury tempered by a subtle blanket of keyboards that are there in the background but not overpowering. The album has a feel similar to Yngwie Malmsteen's 'Odyssey' album released the same year in terms of class songs, and that magic mix between keyboards and guitars. The album's other major bonus are the awesome vocal harmonies throughout, perhaps a result of a recording studio touch-up because I'm sure these boys can't all sing that well (surely not? ha ha!!). 'Reach Up' is a magnificent opener, and builds up pace throughout and storms into a climactic chorus and guitar solo. Rob Rock really gets his larynx rockin' hard here! The pace continues with 'I've Been Waiting' and 'Only Yesterday'. The guitar heroics kick in on 'Living On The Edge' while the urgent driving drum and bass beat prevails on 'Tearing At My Heart', one of my favourite tracks. 'Don't You Know' seriously gatecrashes into Icon territory while the albums slower moments 'Crying Out For Love' and 'Remembering You' show a different side to the albums predominantly rockier nature.

In Summary
Joshua did disappear off the radar for a while, though he did return with a project called Mpire during the 90's, releasing some material on Long Island Records, and then released a solo album under his own name Joshua Perahia, called 'Something To Say' back in 2001. With 'Intense Defense' though, it is another reasonably hard to find album nowadays, but look out for it and grab it at first sight!

Joshua - 1988 Reach Out

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