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Cast, The - 1993 Heat And Serve

ARTIST: Cast, The
ALBUM: Heat And Serve
LABEL: Dance Plant Records
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Peter Cast - vocals * Phil Reznick - guitars * Nicholas Zevgolis - guitar, vocals * Rob Santos - bass, vocals Frank Saragosa - keyboards, vocals * Sergio Lione - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Do You Feel * 02 Look Out * 03 Eve * 04 Mr Marshall * 05 Love Walks In * 06 Heat And Serve * 07 On Without You * 08 Love You Anyway

Here's a Canadian band named after their lead vocalist who at the time sounded like a workman-like version of American melodic rockers Biloxi. Peter Cast, who's real name is Pedro Castano has a great voice, but for me the star of the show in this band is keyboardist Frank Saragosa, whose polished ivories give this band a huge lift. Other soundalike references include the likes of Riddler, Departure, Tradia, Know Illusion, Shotgun Symphony, Spiced Ice and bands of that ilk. For certain, The Cast require a bit of investigation in the here and now, unlike their real time situation back in 1993 where they were criminally ignored, along with every other melodic rock outfit.

The Songs
The band give us 8 tracks, and they're pretty good actually. 'Do You Feel' is full of regal moments, infusing some of those acts mentioned above. Things continue on the up and up with the quite lovely 'Look Up', which reeks of the 80's. Need I say anymore? Frank Saragosa lays a symphonic bed on 'Eve', a chugging power ballad, but by the half way mark The Cast have turned to a cheap-sounding rabble rousing rocker in the shape of 'Mr Marshall'. The next track 'Love Walks In' is a reasonable effort but the backing vocals are all over the place, giving it more congestion than it needed. The title track is next, operating at mid-tempo speed, a bit ponderous in places, but the lead guitar work gives it a lot of fizz. 'On Without You' is the first proper ballad, again it's a bit mixed with the delivery, so too the end track 'Love You Anyway' which also has ballad tendencies but of a symphonic nature.

In Summary
The Cast released two albums during their time, though some have stated they prefer their 1995 CD 'Heavy' over this one. Not having heard the effort, I'm not able to judge. However, if 'Heat And Serve' is anything to go by, then it must be worth a look.. surely..

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#1 | englandashes on March 04 2012 23:08:30
Played both of their 2 releases over the weekend, due to GD review here, and Heat and Serve is far the best of the two. Played 'Heavy' and found it quite hard to listen right through, a case of a group pointing into 2 different directions, choose the Heat and Serve route, no question!
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