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Walking With Kings - 2012 Walking With Kings

ARTIST: Walking With Kings
ALBUM: Walking With Kings
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Free Download


LINEUP: Terry Chism - vocals, keyboards * Rich Ward - guitars, backing vocals * Simon Farmery - bass * Frank Fontsere - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Mention Of Your Name * 02 Here I Stand * 03 Wicked Ways * 04 Leap Of Faith * 05 Autumn Brings * 06 Lost * 07 Change The World * 08 Home * 09 Friends * 10 Home Unplugged



A couple of months ago I alerted the readers here to the full download (albeit 128 kbps) being offered up by Walking With Kings. An intriguing band with connections to heavier outfits elsewhere, though that comparison can't be made here. Lead singer and keyboardist Terry Chism is the star of the show here, and sounds like Eric Martin mostly, which lends itself as a predominantly hard rock record. His vocals really are killer stuff! Of note, other participants include well known guitarist Rich Ward and drummer Frank Fontsere (both from Fozzy and Stuck Mojo) and former British bassist Simon Farmery (Pride (UK) and Furyon), who replaced original bassist Sean Delson in 2011. Chism and Ward came together in 2009 through a Church Group in Marietta Georgia, 'Walking With Kings' took a few years to complete but was eventually released in January 2012. The Christian lyrics are due to Chism's religious convictions but don't let that deter you from what is a pretty good and hard rockin' and rollickin' album.

The Songs
It's a heavy entrance for 'Mention Of Your Name', which one can mean to referring to JC. Still musically this one sits right in the middle of the hard rock highway and is a solid opener. Frank Fontsere kickstarts 'Here I Stand' with a strong drumming intro, before Chism takes control with a myriad of keyboard effects. A punchy track nonetheless. 'Wicked Ways' is a surging beast of a song, where the lyrics focus on sin. I love the construct and arrangement, less so the lyrics... 'now is the time to shout for Jesus..' Umm yeah.. Getting back to basics is 'Leap Of Faith', with a slew of styles apparent.. funk, metal, hard rock. If this record was wound back to 1989, it would make a perfect fit timewise. The choral opening for 'Autmun Brings' offsets the sonic discharge to follow. It's a dense sounding track with a slower tempo which allows for the building of intensity. 'Lost' is the album's power-ballad moment, while 'Change The World' is the best and nearest thing to AOR. A stomping backbeat but definite traces of melodic intent are everywhere on this track. 'Friends' is certainly one of the user-friendly tracks on the album,an enjoyable romp for sure. Reverting to a rollicking style, 'Home' is a scene-stealer, but the 'Unplugged' version at the end of the album is even better. Mostly gentile piano, a tender tune which winds things down nicely.

In Summary
Again, a surprisingly good and solid album, with an excellent production, despite not being afforded resources as this is a self-released project. I think some of you should investigate.. and remember the free download is available from their website.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 18 2012 21:10:11
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