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Pride Of Lions - 2004 The Destiny Stone

ARTIST: Pride Of Lions
ALBUM: The Destiny Stone
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2004


LINEUP: Jim Peterik - keyboards, guitars, vocals * Toby Hitchcock - vocals * Ed Breckenfeld - drums * Klem Hayes - bass * Mike Aquino - guitars * Christian Cullen - keyboards * Hilary Jones - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Courage To Love Somebody * 02 Parallel Lines * 03 Back To Camelot * 04 Born To Believe In You * 05 What Kind Of Fool * 06 Man Behind The Mask * 07 Light From A Distant Shore * 08 Letter To The Future * 09 The Destiny Stone * 10 Second Hand Life * 11 Falling Back To Then * 12 The Gift Of Song


Pride of Lions is back with their sophomore effort 'The Destiny Stone'. Jim Peterik is an excellent songwriter and he proves it even more this time around. All twelve songs are stunning. Survivor fans should love this one, since their influence impacts strongly on the music. Still some debate as to whether 'The Destiny Stone' compares favourably with their debut from 2003, but when melodic rock fans are starved of choice these days, we'll take anything that's on offer, particularly when it is this good.

The Songs
'The Courage To Love Somebody' starts out with stunning power. Then before you get a chance to fasten your seatbelt you're taken on an incredible ride through 'Parallel Lines'. Peterik and vocalist Toby Hitchcock give the listener a chance to catch their breath when they take turns singing on the beautiful 'Back To Camelot'. Following on is 'Born To Believe In You', which increases the speed dramatically with powerful vocals, guitars, and drums. 'What Kind Of Fool' reminds one of Journey as it flows nicely and slows down the pace of the album. Toby Hitchcock sings his heart out on this one with enchanting harmony and the lyrics stick in your head. 'Man Behind In The Mask' has Styx written all over it. The song is a nice change, although it seems somewhat out of place compared the other songs. 'Light From A Distant Shore' is another emotion-charged song delivered by the talented Hitchcock. The song flows like a calm ocean and is a pleasure to hear. One has to wonder where this guy was before Peterik found him. Thank goodness for that! 'Letter To The Future' brings us back to Survivor territory with strong percussion and vocals, again shared between Jim and Toby. 'The Destiny Stone' gets better with each spin! It has great lyrics, and the song is indeed an amazing ride on the destiny stone! 'Second Hand Life' has a good beat, fiery guitars, and positive lyrics, while 'Fallen Back To Then' is truly a masterpiece. It hits you between the eyes with incredible explosive drums, forceful vocals, and slows down a bit during the middle of the song drifting from one speaker to the next making the listener feel like they are falling. Finally, 'The Gift Of Song' is Jim Peterik's inspirational message concerning his love and dedication to music. The song is a wonderful feat from such a talented song writer.

In Summary
There is no let-up for Messrs Peterik and Hitchcock as they explore their musical adventure together. They have discovered a partnership that could be enduring for many years to come. Though the formula isn't new, the energy and quality of the musicianship and songwriting stands head and shoulders above the rest of the pack (or is that pride?).

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 02:42:04
I always thought the debut was a little overrated (especially by certain parties), don't get me wrong it was a great release, but there was just something about it.
'The Destiny Stone' is the dogs nuts as far as i am concerned. The tracks are much more memorable than the debut and the ballads are aaaamazing, just check out 'Back To Camelot' and 'Light From A Distant Shore' for proof
#2 | george_the_jack on June 19 2008 13:55:21
I totally agree with you Jez regarding the first album...Actually, I wasn't so enthusiastic admitting that it was JUST one good AOR album. Although, please give 'Roaring of dreams' some more spins and you will realize that this is their best album by far! Not one filler. You will also be convinced that this might be a real AOR/Pomp classic of the future....
#3 | gdazegod on June 19 2008 21:05:42
I like all of them to be honest. They just keep getting better and better.
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