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Boals, Mark - 2000 Ring Of Fire

Mark Boals - vocals
Tony MacAlpine - guitars, bass, keyboards
Vitali Kuprij - keyboards
Virgil Donati - drums

This is a credible offering from vocal prince Mark Boals, and you can tell with the lineup assembled, this ain't going to be no laid back affair. All the musicians are masters of their field, with MacAlpine in a class of his own, while Kuprij is a MacAlpine equivalent on keyboards. The Artension ivory tinkler is right up there with the likes of Jordan Rudes, and Jens Johanson. Donati came from Aussies Southern Sons and has recently appeared alongside MacAlpine in Planet X. Boals of course has spent time with Yngwie Malmsteen and the band Billionaire Boys Club with a couple of the guys from Accept. His operatic vocal style comparable to Rob Rock at times, So, some individual maestro's on show, so lets get on with it..

The Songs
We power into the title track 'Ring Of Fire' unmercifully, with Donati's double kick drums on hi-octane. Very Malmsteen-ish if you ask me. There's lots of keyboard flurries from Kuprij on 'Atlantis'. Check out his insane solo towards the end. I never knew fingers could go that fast! MacAlpine and Kuprij go hell for leather on 'Bringer Of Pain' while the power metal onslaught is evident on tracks such as 'Betrayer' and 'Battle Of The Titan'. The tempo is increased to light speed with 'The Hunted' (very much like a hunt going on!), whilst some quieter intense moments capture us like 'Keeper Of The Flame', 'Alone' and 'The Quest'.

In Summary
Though this is Mark's album, I found his vocals trying their hardest to keep up with the musicians onboard. A tall order, but his operatic style is right at home in this genre. Not many could do better mind you. For lovers of power metal, and that neo classical style made famous by Yngwie Malmsteen, Joey Tafolla etc.


Track Listing:
01 Ring Of Fire
02 Atlantis
03 Bringer Of Pain
04 Betrayer
04 Keeper Of The Flame
05 The Hunted
06 The Quest
07 Dreamer
08 Death Row
09 Alone
10 Battle Of The Titans
11 Nessun Dorma (Japan Bonus)

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