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Pride Of Lions - 2007 Roaring Of Dreams



ARTIST: Pride Of Lions
ALBUM: Roaring Of Dreams
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 323
YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Toby Hitchcock - vocals * Jim Peterik - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Mike Aquino - guitars * Christian Cullen - keyboards * Klem Hayes - bass * Ed Breckenfeld - drums * Thom Griffin, Tori Hitchcock - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heaven Of Earth * 02 Book Of Life * 03 Love's Eternal Flame * 04 Language Of The Heart * 05 Let Me You Go * 06 Faithful Heart * 07 Defying Gravity * 08 Roaring Of Dreams * 09 Secret Of The Way * 10 Astonish You * 11 Tall Ships * 12 Turnaround

WEBLINKS: www.aprideoflions.com


Background
I have to eat my words. At the start of the year, I declared I wouldn't review anything from the Frontiers label. My stance, was based on an over-saturation of their product in the dwindling AOR market, their coverage from every other 'web-rag' out there - particularly in Europe, and also their arrogance in releasing sub-standard rubbish such as Avalon and the godawful Zion -that surely raised its ire with me. However, they then go and release this little beauty from perhaps the benchmark of current-day AOR - Pride Of Lions. Some people love this band, others less so. I am in the former category. With Jim Peterik they have one of the foremost songwriters in the genre. With Toby Hitchcock, they have one of the rising stars of AOR vocal-dom. Both bring talent to the table and the results speak for themselves. This is album number 4 for POL, counting their live DVD from a few months back. I liked their debut a lot, the second album 'The Destiny Stone' is also good, but this new one 'Roaring Of Dreams' is a different beast altogether. Perhaps harder, and with an aggressive edge on some tunes, which replicates Peterik's time with Survivor during their successful mid 80's run. You won't be short-changed with this platter, in fact by the end of this hour long excursion, you'll be saying 'mmm - that was good.. lets play it again..'


The Songs
Let's go for the jugular. The tunes which do it for me are the pairing of 'The Secret Of The Way', with it's Frankie Sullivan sounding guitar work a la 'When Seconds Count' era, then there's the exquisite 'Astonish You' - a song you could play to your beloved and reap the benefits thereafter.. The vibrant and upbeat 'Tall Ships' is another great example of Peterik's unique brand of songwriting - the use of nautical terms very clever indeed. 'Defying Gravity' is equally upbeat, this one could be an excellent live track I reckon. It's AOR Central with the track 'Let Me Let You Go' - you could a pick a thousand reference points on this one. Survivor revisited is the best way to describe 'Language Of The Heart', again the 'Vital Signs' and 'When Seconds Count' era is the best comparison. The same could be said for the mid-tempo splendour of 'Love's Eternal Flame', but the coup de grace is the seven minute wonder of 'Turnaround'. Just the mere title will have you thinking Bonnie Tyler and in a way - the vocal arrangement is kinda similar. Kudos to brother and sister Toby and Tori Hitchcock for blitzing the shared vocals on this one. Power and passion combined. Wow!


In Summary
Some superlative tracks, mixed in with some above average efforts puts 'Roaring Of Dreams' immediately into the 2007 Top Ten. Where do these guys go from here? Admittedly the AOR scene is pretty much nonexistent at the moment so it's not as if they have much in the way of competition. Still, the flag is being flown but who in the industry is actually watching is a moot point. The other point is: when will Frontiers show some consistency with their output? Until I feel another 9 or 10 rated album comes along from Frontiers will I open the doors again - like I have with Pride Of Lions. Until then, let normal transmission resume - which is.. switch off.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Being a huge Survivor fan, POL is one of those groups that I feel like I should just love. I do like their music, but it is sort of different, and I have to be in the right mood to listen to it. They're more 'theatrical' than the typical rock band, no doubt to Toby Hitchcock. He sure has pipes, and I could see him singing in major theatrical productions. I do think this is the most consistent of their releases so far. 'Astonish You' moved into my top top top group of favorite songs as soon as I heard it - I was playing that one about five times a day for a couple of weeks, and I'll never get tired of it.
#2 | george_the_jack on June 15 2008 16:51:23
By far their best effort! Classy AOR with some pomp specks.The Best album of 2007.
#3 | Jez on June 16 2008 02:45:04
was one of the few that wasn't completely blown away with the debut (except the excellent pairng of 'Sound Of Home' & 'Turn To Me') and thought 'The Destiny Stone' was a way better album in general. With This I still don't like the first 3 songs, but the rest of this is pretty damned good overall. 'Language Of The Heart' is top notch AOR & I really like the pairing of the more Westcoast style tracks of 'Secret Of The Way' & 'Astonish You' later into the album. 'Tall Ships' is another belter (even the 'Fog Horn' effect) but 'Turnaround' is way too overdone (as with tracks 1-3). Toby Hitchcock is excellent as usual & seems get better with subsequent releases & on here he really is the star of the show. Over all a good disc, better than the debut but not quite as good as 'The Destiny Stone'.
 
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