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Line Of Fire - 2010 Momentum



ARTIST: Line Of Fire
ALBUM: Momentum
LABEL: Tribunal Records
SERIAL: TRB-105
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Shawn Pelata

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Shawn Pelata - vocals * Nikki Dimage - guitars, bass, keyboards * Thomas Clark - guitars

Guests: Ed Darst - additional guitars, songwriting * Jeremy Thomas - drums * Eric Welch - bass * Rob Holder - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 It Takes Time * 02 Obsession * 03 Give Me All * 04 I'll Be The One Tonight * 05 I Belong * 06 The Fire Never Dies * 07 I'm Crying For You * 08 In The Stone * 09 Undone * 10 Ghost In Your Heart * 11 Breaking The Chains (bonus)

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WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/lof


Background
Back in 2005 we reviewed the debut Line Of Fire album. It received a healthy overview from GD, but we weren't to realise that it would take LOF another five years to record their follow-up! According to the band's bio for this their brand new CD 'Momentum', these guys have had more problems than most, some would say unlucky. However to their credit, they have stayed true to the cause. Soundwise, the band are in the same zone as a handful of latterday bands. Think of some of the acts on the Kivel Records label, Far Cry for instance, and there's more than a drop of Rob Moratti's Final Frontier in this melodic and intoxicating brew. 'Dangerzone' pointed out in the first review that LOF were more about a modern day style of AOR, rather than the influential references from the past (Boston, Journey, Foreigner etc). I would agree with that notion, and feel it equally applies on 'Momentum' too. Lead vocalist Shawn Pelata certainly comes from that Steve Perry school of singers without sounding like an obviously giveaway. What I like about his voice is that it's geared toward hard rock and not the crooning angle which Perry used as his backbone. Elsewhere, the band are solid, and the lineup (including guest participants) apart from Pelata and Dimage has changed quite a bit since that 2005 album.


The Songs
Considering that Canadian band Final Frontier are a favourite of mine, I feel there's more than a few tracks on 'Momentum' that would fit perfectly on any of their albums. For instance 'Obsession', 'I Belong' (particularly the Moratti like stacked backing vocals), 'The Fire Never Dies' and the rather tasty 'Ghost In Your Heart'. Even the rockier tunes such as the opener 'It Takes Time' and 'Give Me All' might take LOF out on a different sidetrack, but they eventually end up back on the same road. There are two mid-tempo hybrid ballad/rockers: 'I'll Be The One Tonight' and 'I'm Crying For You', which showcase the band's softer side, which is just as effective as their harder rockin' side. 'Undone' is another tune, with Pelata standing out, shades of Ted Poley filter through on this one. To conclude the album, LOF undertake an acoustic version of Dokken's classic 'Breakin' The Chains', probably not as dynamic as George Lynch would do, but worthwhile nonetheless.


In Summary
To my way of thinking, it's great that bands like Line Of Fire are around. Firstly, it gives some kudos to a fast disappearing indie AOR scene out of the States, and also provides some alternative to the handful of labels that appear to be dominating the scene. An enjoyable disc that should sit well with fans of this site, and one that keeps safely to the perimeter of the AOR/melodic hard rock sub-genres. Oh yeah, and if you are a fan of Final Frontier, then this album is a must!


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#1 | jeffrey343 on October 17 2013 22:51:28
Another very nice release. I get more of a late 70's / early 80's vibe from this than Final Frontier, probably because this does not have a major keyboard presence. The guitar work is very solid throughout. The acoustic version of 'Breaking The Chains' is cool, and it reinforces how corny some of the lyrics are. I do think 'Obsession' and 'Ghost In Your Heart' are great tracks. Those two remind me of the debut Bad English album, for reasons that go beyond the song names. I think Pelata sounds as much like John Waite as he does Steve Perry.
 
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