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State Of Rock - 2010 A Point Of Destiny



ARTIST: State Of Rock
ALBUM: A Point Of Destiny
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH19
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tony Mills - vocals * Robby Boebel - guitars, keyboards * Hutch Bauer - bass * Rami Ali - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Black & Blue * 02 Without My Love * 03 Heartless Dreamer * 04 Don't Make Me Cry * 05 Hanging In The Balance * 06 Freedom * 07 Count Me Out * 08 A Point Of Destiny * 09 Friction * 10 Somewhere

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WEBLINKS: www.stateofrock.net


Background
Interesting how things regurgitate in the world of hard rock. Remember the German band Frontline? Their debut album from 1994 was called 'The State Of Rock'. Now their guitarist Robby Boebel decides to call his new band by the same name. It's not wholly a German venture, as British singer Tony Mills (who has become a bit of a rock prostitute these days, and I mean that kindly) comes onboard for the ride. When I think of Frontline, and then think of Mill's earlier band Shy, I think of two superb albums by both outfits. 1997's 'Heroes' and 1987's 'Excess All Areas'. Wouldn't it kinda nice if this new band State Of The Rock could bring together the best bits of each, and combine for an almighty splash for the new year and new decade? Sadly it is only in my dreams that such perfection could be achieved, unrealistic that such stellar heights could be scaled again after many years.


The Songs
I am a huge of fan of Boebel's guitar work and arrangements. In the past he could've been accused of putting more layers into a song than a chef does when baking a cake, density being the operative work. On 'A Point Of Destiny', the sound is definitely more streamlined with room to breathe. There are a handful of great songs, but the majority don't move heaven and earth I'm afraid. The opener 'Black & White' is a solid start, nice use of guitars and keyboard interplay, but the standout track by a light year or more is the track 'Freedom', which pulses along with the same intent as older Frontline material. The guitar melodies are terrific. 'Hanging In The Balance' is also cool, like the stabbing keyboard parts which gives the song a bit of punch. The hardest rockin' track is the last track 'Friction', 'Count Me Out' has a very TNT style of riffing, while the title track has a nice layer of synths which provides some colour underneath some heavy riffs from Boebel.


In Summary
Mostly though, the patterns and arrangements are the same, the ideas and songwriting aren't quite as interesting as I would've hoped for, and it was kinda easy to skip through the tracks hoping for something to grab hold of.. sadly not quite there on some of them. As much as I was a fan of Frontline, State Of Rock doesn't give me a sense of nostalgia. Though a sort of 'dream team' on paper, the end result doesn't quite convince, despite a handful of good songs.


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