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Rage Of Angels - 2016 The Devils New Tricks

ARTIST: Rage Of Angels
ALBUM: The Devils New Tricks
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2016
SPONSOR: Escape Music Connecting Music Portal


LINEUP: Ged Rylands - keyboards, guitars * Rob Moratti- vocals * Neil Fraser, Chris Green, Martin Kronlund - guitars * Chris Goldsmith - bass * Perra Johansen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rage Of Angels * 02 All Your Own Way * 03 The Devils New Tricks * 04 One Step Closer * 05 Strangers In The Night * 06 I Feel It In My Heart * 07 In And Out Of Love * 08 Stop Changing The TV * 09 What Matters Most Of All * 10 Long Days Without You



Here's our first proper review for 2016. We kick it off with the new February 2016 release from Ged Rylands band Rage Of Angels. Signed to Escape Music, this is ROA's second CD, following 2013's 'Dream World'. Ryland is best remembered as one of the original members of British melodic rockers Ten, but left in 1998/99 to focus on his own projects. ROA is one of those, plus now he is a fully-fledged member of American AOR band Tyketto. Joining Ged this time is Canadian Rob Moratti (Final Frontier, Saga, plus solo work), plus a mix of Swedish and British musicians who are associated with Escape Music. 'The Devil's New Tricks' comes across as a cohesive band outpouring, rather than a project which we heard on 'Dream World'. I think most GDM readers will appreciate Moratti doing all of the vocal work, and according to Escape's prelim write up, they say it's more commercial. Really? Because this has some heaviness about it. Also, the album is very lengthy. All the tracks are over 5 minutes, and even though it's ten tracks worth, this is right in the Goldilocks Zone!

The Songs
The seven minute lead-off is 'Rage Of Angels' and you can't help but be blown away. Keys, guitars and vocals are firing on all sixes. Turn it up loud for maximum effect. 'All Your Own Way' is very melodic, with the vocals added thick on the chorus. Great stuff. The title track chugs along at mid-speed with Whitesnake as a reference point. I like what I'm hearing three tracks in. 'One Step Closer' is also held together by a strong chorus, and this to me is so important on albums like this. Tinkly synths and rampaging guitars introduce 'Strangers In The Night'. The track is a fusion of British bulldog guitar riffs and North American styled keyboards. 'I Feel It In My Heart' is possibly my pick of the album. Ged's keyboards and Rob's vocals moves it more toward an AOR direction. Fine by me! Ged provides some cinematic and sci-fi effects at the start of 'In And Out Of Love', but this moves around all over the place, and Rob goes into the stratosphere with this one. Wasn't quite convinced with 'Stop Changing The TV'. I can understand this is an issue within the modern household, but not so in mine.. haha! 'What Matters Most Of All' contains the sort of sound I love with ROA. Listen to those vocal harmonies.. 'Long Days Without You' finishes in a restrained mid-tempo power ballad. They sound so convincing pulling this off, better say, than the recent Blood Red Saints.

In Summary
2016 kicks off in resounding style with Rage Of Angels. A perfect blend of melodic hard rock bringing together the best elements from the UK, Sweden and Canada. Absolutely recommended! [word count 466]

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#1 | gdazegod on January 10 2016 03:49:59
There will be a new video in the work very soon. Keep checking back.
#2 | jeffrey343 on April 27 2016 19:32:26
Are you sure this isn't the long-anticipated next Final Frontier album? It is a bit heavier, but not nearly as heavy as you led me to believe. My main issue with the FF albums is that the production was a bit on the weak side. Not an issue here at all, as this sounds great. Moratti is a great singer with an easily identifiable sound. Not sure how this slipped by me, as it took 3.5 months since this review for me to stumble upon it. I think the band name plus the album name threw me off the trail. This is really good stuff. It could be the next Final Frontier album.

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