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Ten - 2012 Heresy And Creed

ALBUM: Heresy And Creed
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Frontiers Haulix


LINEUP: Gary Hughes - vocals, backing vocals, programming * Dan Mitchell - lead guitars * John Halliwell - guitars * Steve Mckenna - bass * Darrel Treece-Birch - keyboards * Max Yates - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Gates Of Jerusalem * 02 Arabian Nights * 03 Gunrunning * 04 The Lights Go Down * 05 Ravens Eye * 06 Right Now * 07 Game Of Hearts * 08 The Last Time * 09 The Priestess * 10 Insatiable * 11 Another Rainy Day * 12 Unbelievable * 13 The Riddle


WEBLINKS: www.ten-official.com

Despite the first pair of Ten albums being essential British melodic rock, the remainder of their output has been a real struggle for me to get into. Hence anytime a Ten album is released I'll pass it off as a side-dish. It fascinates me why the Frontiers label has persisted with this band over the years as I find much of the quality of their material to be bland and uninteresting. These guys must have a lucky charm or something! So much so that I've steered well clear of the band, even if we do have a handful of articles about them on the GD site. I've reluctantly decided to look at them again, just to see if anything has changed with their 2012 effort 'Heresy And Creed'.

The Songs
The music is still based on a combination of fantasy and medieval concepts, but Ten never venture too far down the rabbit-hole of progressive power metal, which is where subject matter of this type inevitably ends up. Passing through the instrumental 'The Gates Of Jerusalem', we find ourselves under the starlight for 'Arabian Nights', the initial keyboard sequencing making way for some solid guitar-work from the pairing of new boy Dan Mitchell and old boy John Halliwell, giving this one the fiery fuel to set this album alight. The chorus sounds far too melodic and pretty when compared to the rest of the song, but it's a good start. You'll have to excuse all the 'For Whom The Bells' riffs being used on 'Gunrunning', thankfully the rest is not a Metallica rip-off. 'The Lights Go Down' is slightly lesser paced, and Gary Hughes still has it what it takes in the vocal department. Not quite a power-ballad, but still intense and drama filled. 'Ravens Eye' is next, a superb acoustic entrance, this really should be used on the 'Game Of Thrones' TV show. It's folky and celtic all rolled into one. For something more modern sounding, 'Right Now' is 2012 and contemporary. The intro keyboard sequence is straight out of the Brother Firetribe recipe book, while the remainder of the song should draw comparisons to many current acts. Heavying up things is the rollicking 'Game Of Hearts'. Plenty of fireworks on this one, but the best track follows in the shape of 'The Last Time', a splendid keyboard/guitar affair. This one is a definite power-ballad and is extremely melodic. Very nice. 'The Priestess' is the odd track, it has a funky vibe and has nothing to do with Egypt or Rome. 'Another Rainy Day' borders AOR territory, a bright and fluffy tune which will please regulars here. Closing the album is the near six-minute ballad 'The Riddle'. Lots of melodic moments and some nice piano parts from new keyboardist Darrel Treece-Birch.

In Summary
I was quite surprised at how good this CD was. Certainly enough to go back and investigate their back catalog in case I missed anything. Some good and listenable songs can be found on 'Heresy And Greed', this new lineup looks as if it has some legs. Let's hope they can hang together for a wee while longer.

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#1 | Eric on November 18 2012 15:26:32
I really liked early Ten but like you, lost interest with further releases. This new one sounds interesting and it's about time the first three or four are reissued, in particular the debut.
#2 | gdazegod on November 18 2012 21:07:07
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