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Rox Diamond - 2005 Powerdrive

ARTIST: Rox Diamond
ALBUM: Powerdrive
LABEL: Rockjock Music
SERIAL: 0553-60014-2
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: Paul Daniels - vocals, keyboards * Kevin Achenbach - guitars * Rick Falco - bass * Dwain Miller - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Powerdrive * 02 Heartbeat Away * 03 Just Can't Wait * 04 Joann * 05 Rock Bottom * 06 Innocence Of Yesterday * 07 Lovers In The Shadow * 08 Holdin' Out For Heaven * 09 Thinkin' About Love * 10 You're Not The Only One


If you wind the clock back, Rox Diamond released a fantastic album back in 1992. Well thirteen years might have passed us by, but it sounds like this was recorded back in the day. A Los Angeles based outfit who modeled their sound on L.A hair metal, but with keyboards and a slight progressive streak to their armory as well. The latter courtesy of Steve Walsh influenced singer/keyboardist Paul Daniels. Though the band didn't fare that well, the Rox Diamond album was re-released on Z Records back in 2003, but as per usual (like most bands that have dealt with Z Records), they were shafted by manager Mark Alger. Unperturbed, the band carried on with its best-known line-up, and have released a new CD, containing a mix of new and old.

The Songs
Tracks 1 to 6 are new. The opening pair of 'Powerdrive' and 'Heartbeat Away' are both hard-hitting tracks, tough sounding, racing along the edge with keyboards for melody and guitars for sonic boom! Gotta love the Toto flavoured 'Joann', a track rooted in the origins of the eighties for sure. 'Rock Bottom 'which appeared as a live cut on the Z Records re-release has been re-recorded as a studio version here. 'Innocence Of Yesterday' is classic power-ballad stuff, the sort of music that a band like Idle Cure could churn out at will. Tracks 7 through 9 are versions of songs recorded back in the 1986-88 period when they were known as Casanova. I love some of this stuff even though it is obviously demo material. 'Lovers In The Shadow' and 'Holdin' Out For Heaven' are the strongest of the three, with an emphasis on keyboard themes and strong vocals. Track 10 is the live version of 'You're Not The Only One', with an extended intro by the rhythm section of Falco and Miller.

In Summary
'Powerdrive' is a welcome return for the band. The material gives us an insight as to how the band sounded way before 1992 and how they sound now. They certainly haven't lost the edge that made them popular among audiences in Japan and Europe. A mix-match song lineup I think would be offset by a full-blown new set of songs in future. I know the band has the will and energy to do just that, so we look forward in anticipation.

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:41:44
A very nice surprise this one. The debut was pretty good all around, but this one is even better. Tracks 1-6 are new songs, 7-9 very good quality demos from 86-88 & 10 is a good quality live track.It takes a couple of tracks to fully get going, but once it does there are some fabulous tracks on this one. 'Joann', 'Innocence Of Yesterday' & the mega 'Lovers In The Shadow' for starters. This release covers most bases from MR,AOR and a bit of Pompy stuff aswell, so should satisfy most people.
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