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Biloxi - 2007 Biloxi III: In The Wake Of The Storm



ARTIST: Biloxi
ALBUM: Biloxi III - In The Wake Of The Storm
LABEL: Biloxi Music
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2007
SPONSOR: Mark Lanoue

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Clyde Holly - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Mark Allen Lanoue - vocals, guitars * Rob Gronkoski - drums, vocals * Dave Melton - bass * Stefan Prescott - keyboards

Guests: Dean Fasano - backing vocals * Rory Faciane - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Here Alone * 02 World * 03 Pray For Rain * 04 15 Minutes * 05 Saints And Angels * 06 On The Otherside * 07 Right The Music * 08 Empty Road To Nowhere * 09 The River * 10 I Pray * 11 Broken * 12 Fly Into The Sun * 13 Synchronicity II * 14 Bonus Track

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WEBLINKS: www.biloximusic.com


Background
Many of you will have read our site content on the band Biloxi. Of course, most will be aware of the passing of their band leader Clyde Holly during 2006. It came as a shock to all in the hard rock community as Clyde was still quite young and had lots to offer still. The 2005 hurricane season was the worst on record, and we all know what damage Hurricane Rita and Katrina did to the coastal states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Devastation was widespread, and Clyde Holly's family home in Waveland Mississippi was destroyed in the floods. Despite this, Clyde's studio up the road in Biloxi remained intact, and while all this turmoil was going on, music was still being created. At the time of his passing, it was unsure whether the remaining members would box on with Biloxi. But box on they have - out of sheer respect for their colleague. Big up's goes to the Biloxi band members Mark, Rob, Dave and Stefan for keeping the fires burning. 'Biloxi III' also has a title 'In The Wake Of The Storm'. One could assume this relates to the devastation bought on by Katrina. But equally so the passing of Clyde - a devastation of a different and more personal kind.


The Songs
For this third offering, Biloxi give us fourteen tracks at just under an hours listening time. The subject matter is obvious, and comes on the heels of New Orleans band Lillian Axe releasing their 'Waters Rising' CD with a similar hint to the aftermath of Katrina. As can be expected with an album like this, the full range of emotions are experienced. Mark Lanoue sings on all tracks with the exception of three. He opens his account with the opening two tracks 'Here Alone' and 'World'. '15 Minutes' despite the title, doesn't last that long, and offers a faster tempo with a harder edge. Mark's vocal style is different to Clyde, so it will be interesting to see/hear the reaction of longtime Biloxi fans, as it was for Steve Perry fans when both Steve Augeri and Jeff Scott Soto joined Journey. Both the solemn 'Saints And Angels' and 'Empty Road To Nowhere' includes classical elements, while 'On The Otherside' initially applies a measured tempo on the verses, but kicks into high-gear on the choruses. The guitar tone on this one is reminiscent of previous Biloxi material.. a good track nonetheless. 'Right The Music' appears to come from earlier material, but was not included on the album of the same name back in 2002. A harder and modern sheen is applied to 'The River' - no doubt poking the finger at the mighty Mississippi. That modern sheen is also maintained on 'Broken', which is quite fiery in places. For something different, the band offer an instrumental called 'Fly Into The Sun'. It's moody in a melancholy way, the guitar solo predominant over the top of a simple piano based arrangement. There are three tracks where Clyde's vocals are present. Firstly, we've got the bluesy hard rock hybrid of 'Pray For Rain' which has a huge Tangier vibe to it. Awesome! Then there are the last two: 'Synchronicity II' and a bonus track which I think is called 'Have Mercy On Me'. The former is 'classic era' sounding Biloxi a la their L.A days, while the latter is a delta blues workout not unlike 'Pray For Rain', where you can hear a different vocal approach taken by Clyde - a blues tinged one at that.


In Summary
The production work was handled by Mark Lanoue and Rob Gronkoski. Some outside assistance was bought in, including revered vocalist (oh ok I'll say it..) - vocal god Dean Fasano, who many of you will know from his days with Message and more essentially Jersey's finest AOR/pomp band Prophet. Mostly, it is different sounding Biloxi than what we've heard previously - and that's to be expected. You can hear audio samples of all fourteen tracks over at the Biloxi website (click here). Whether the Biloxi band members can continue on without the creative energy and spirit of Clyde Holly remains to be seen. However I'm sure if he was watching from above, Clyde would say 'please do continue..' Though the style of 'Let The Games Begin' is not replicated here on 'Biloxi III' , there is still enough interest contained within to warrant a listen and of course, a due purchase from the bands website. Go to it!


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#1 | ChasingKarmaRocks on July 27 2011 17:59:10
BILOXI is now CHASING KARMA. Following the release of BILOXI III "In the Wake of the Storm" and an appearance at ROCKLAHOMA; the band changed their name and have now released a 14 track Rocker called COSMOCRACY. Come visit us at http://www.chasin... and listen to track samples at http://www.cdbaby...asingkarma. Keep On Ah Rockin'!
 
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