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Damzel - 1993 Castle Walls

ARTIST: Damzel
ALBUM: Castle Walls
LABEL: Premier
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Cheryl Conlin - vocals, guitars * Valerie Grear - guitars, vocals, talk box * Lyn Holly - vocals, bass * Carolyn McShane - drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Thrill Of The Moment * 02 Love Is Stronger * 03 World Of Broken Dreams * 04 Get Ready * 05 Love Takes Time * 06 Hold On * 07 Words Don't Matter * 08 Don't Hurt Me Again * 09 Castle Walls

From Detroit, Damzel were in existence back in the eighties but known formerly as Rock Candy (not to be confused by another melodic rock of the same name). These girls could be described as an amalgam of Heart, Vixen and Haven, but perhaps playing in a division lower than those acts. Vocals are shared by guitarist Cheryl Conlin and bassist Lyn Holly (Mansfield); where one sounds quite coarse, the other is smooth. So a contrast is apparent, but not deliberately so I would hasten to add. The album has keyboards too, but they are pushed back in the mix.

The Songs
Damzel give us 'Thrill Of The Moment' as a first offering, the Heart like delivery taking us back to 1985. Back to the present, 'Love Is Stronger' sounds stuck in 1993, and for melodic rock fans that would be akin to purgatory (lol!), but the acoustic ballad 'World Of Broken Dreams' shows Damzel at their most delicate, and it works well. 'Get Ready' is a punchy straight-ahead rocker, while 'Don't Hurt Me Again' slows the tempo somewhat, even if it has that 'slow-burn' style. The ballad 'Love Takes Time' is a classy affair admittedly, complete with delicate piano and great harmony vocals. Well done ladies! Another memorable track is 'Words Don't Matter', a streamlined melodic rock effort with nice guitar lines and an understated wash in the backdrop. The title track 'Castle Walls' is kinda epic sounding, with nice melodies, an acoustic/electric guitar mix, plus a fireburst of solos toward the end there.

In Summary
In all probability, these girls were a decade out of time. By 1993, the American music public were not really looking for a team of Vixen like hair-metal chanteuses. That flew out the window a few years earlier. Not the worst album you'll ever hear and it certainly has some good moments. If there is one consolation, they look pretty good and the whole thing comes off sounding quite professional. So good on them for that. And at 35 minutes running time you won't be overindulging too much. Damzel have only released this one CD and a good cross-selection of their music is what you'll get.

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