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Pride Of Lions - 2012 Immortal

ARTIST: Pride Of Lions
ALBUM: Immortal
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Frontiers Haulix


LINEUP: Toby Hitchcock - lead vocals * Jim Peterik - lead and harmony vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, all keyboards, bass (on 10), percussion

Additional Musicians: Kelly Keagy, Ed Breckenfeld - drums * Bobby Lizik, Klem Hayes - bass * Mike Aquino - additional lead guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Immortal * 02 Delusional * 03 Tie Down The Wind * 04 Shine On * 05 Everything That Money Can't Buy * 06 Coin Of The Realm * 07 Sending My Love * 08 Vital Signs * 09 If It Doesn't Kill Me * 10 Are You The Same Girl * 11 Ask Me Yesterday



For sure, PoL are a compulsory addition to review anytime an album of theirs is released. Both principal members have been busy in the last twelve months; Toby Hitchcock especially with his brilliant 'Mercury's Down' CD. Returning to the calmer waters of Pride Of Lions, the duo of Hitchcock and the erstwhile Jim Peterik deliver their latest 'Immortal', a good five years since their last CD 'The Roaring Of Dreams'. I've always liked PoL because their music sits right in the center of AOR, which as we know is the cornerstone genre of this website. A hand fit glove situation as it were, and on that basis, 'Immortal' does not disappoint for the true AORster among you. If you like your AOR somewhere north of Survivor and perhaps east of Dakota, then Pride Of Lions is for you.

The Songs
The power of the human spirit is reinforced on the title track 'Immortal', it's also reflected in the surging and uplifting music. A great fusion. 'Delusional' is the first track to be featured as a video, Hitchcock again soars his way out to the stratosphere and back. 'Tie Down The Wind' combines an acoustic/electric hybrid for a midwest affair that is an album highlight for me. As far as anthems go, 'Shine On' gets a huge thumbs up. A totally repeatable and listenable experience which sounds great in the car at top volume! A slow to mid-tempo ballad 'Everything That Money Can't Buy' changes gear somewhat. It has some orchestral backing for a full-featured sound. 'Coin Of The Realm' could be a tribute of Survivor of yesteryear, though Toby's vocal doesn't resemble Bickler or Jamison, so the point is probably moot. It is an 80's rocker on the punchy side for sure. The 5 min 'Sending My Love' showcases Hitchcock's vocals once more. From tender to powerful, the man can sing all four seasons of the weather. An interesting addition to the album is 'Vital Signs'. Yes, it is the name from the classic Survivor 1984 album, however the track itself never made the final cut. Instead Peterik drags it out for this album instead, well overdue and great to hear even if its 28 years late. Keeping up a strong AOR appearance is 'If It Doesn't Kill Me'. This is similar to material off those first two 101 South albums for mine. It's followed by the superb impassioned ballad 'Are You The Same Girl', Toby delivers the vocal performance of the year, stunning.. Wrapping up the CD is the racy 'Ask Me Yesterday', with both Toby and Jim singing up a storm around the hard rockin' arrangement.

In Summary
As we can expect from Pride Of Lions, 'Immortal' contains the usual mix of gorgeous ballads, surging energy driven anthems and rockers on the mellow side of the divide. When compared to their past efforts, 'Immortal' is perhaps a tad behind the starting line, but give it a few listens and I'm sure it will grow on you. With stupendous efforts such as 'Tie Down The Wind', 'Shine On' and the amazing 'Are You The Same Girl', I have no hesitation in rating it a 9.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 18 2012 21:10:56
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#2 | george_the_jack on November 19 2012 21:52:54
'When compared to their past efforts, 'Immortal' is perhaps a tad behind the starting line, but give it a few listens and I'm sure it will grow on you'. You said it all George. This is exactly what I believe about 'Immortal'. Very good album but not so immediate towards the listener. Certainly it's a lot better than some of the 'critics' and mr know-it-all have claimed it to be. Agree also regarding the ballad 'Are you the same girl'. I've written it many times so far on FB and elsewhere. This is an almost unreal number and it has to be one of the songs of the year if not THE song!
#3 | gdazegod on November 19 2012 23:49:59
Agreed, 'Are You The Same Girl' is a fantastic song.
#4 | eirrom on November 20 2012 15:21:43
I have a soft spot for this band but the song Delusional is terrible. I almost broke out into laughter it's so bad. It just wrecks my view of this disc.
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