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Ten - 2017 Gothica

ALBUM: Gothica
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Gary Hughes - vocals * Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott, John Halliwell - guitars * Darrel Treece-Birch - keyboards * Steve McKenna - bass * Max Yates - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Grail * 02 Jekyll And Hyde * 03 Travellers * 04 Man For All Seasons * 05 In My Dreams * 06 The Wild King Of Winter * 07 Paragon * 08 Welcome To The Freak Show * 09 La Luna Dra-cu-la * 10 Into Darkness * 11 Paragon (Bonus Mix)



I must be a sucker for punishment. Time and time again, I keep coming back to this band reviewing their albums and hoping to be witness to the next great coming of melodic rock. The phrase 'close but no cigar' seems to be apt with Ten. Good ideas mostly, but unable to convince when it comes to delivering the goods. After a few years on the Rocktopia label, Ten return to Frontiers, hoping for their next big break. Admittedly, 'Gothica' sounds a lot more convincing than recent efforts 'Albion' and 'Isla De Muerta', but the whole fantasy realm is kinda done to death don't you think? Then again, I doubt Ten could sing/write/play about any other subject matter. It's like they are caught in a spiral without a way out.

The band play a pleasant brand of melodic rock, but it's just not nasty enough for my lking considering the subject matter. Really, with three guitarists, Ten should at least have one of these blokes sounding like he's playing a chainsaw, not a fairy wand of candy floss. Gary Hughes should do a solo AOR CD rather than this fare, to which he's much better suited. Overall, 'Gothica' is a good album, if a little inoffensive and clean. A bit of dirt and grit would not go amiss.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 05 2017 10:43:55
Ten - 2017 Travellers
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#2 | gdazegod on July 05 2017 10:45:45
Video is terrible.. Shock
#3 | Eric on July 07 2017 12:05:07
Yeah, not a lot of imagination here and I don't care for the Popcorn-ish keys either. I do like the cover art though...
#4 | gdazegod on July 07 2017 12:08:18
I'll give Ten their due up to 2000's Babylon. From then onwards, it's all south.
#5 | Nick C on July 07 2017 14:31:49
I think Gary Hughes voice sounds great on this but the rest of the song doesn't do it for me. Wonder where they shot the video, looks like the sand hills south of Blackpool. eek
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