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Romeo Riot - 2017 Sing It Loud

ARTIST: Romeo Riot
ALBUM: Sing It Loud
LABEL: Kivel Records
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Mark Giovi - vocals * Scott Miller - guitar * Erik Johnson - guitar, vocals * Ty Sims - bass, vocals * Jace Pawlak - keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Room To Run * 02 Streets Of Babylon * 03 Sing It Loud * 04 Twist Of Fate * 05 What If We Were Wrong * 06 Same * 07 Cry * 08 I Want To Try * 09 Every Now And Then * 10 Best Nights Of Our Lives


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Just abour every year, it is guaranteed that Kivel Records will deliver one (maybe two) albums on their roster. They've been in existence for nearly two decades and only have 60 albums to show for it. What the ..? However, in that time, they have graced us with some superb CD's. In 2017, its no different, as Romeo Riot have arrived and delivered a superb new effort called 'Sing It Loud'. This is a new band, with its membership made up of Kivel Records other roster acts. Scott Miller (Tango Down), Jace Pawlak (solo artist), Mark Giovi (Far Cry), Ty Sims and Erik Johnson (Bombay Black).

The Songs
Kivel's roster is made up of bands that typify the hair-metal/melodic hard rock style, and Romeo Riot is no different. The band are graced with two solid lead vocalists in Giovi and Pawlak, but Giovi is handling most of the songs here, and on occasion he sounds like Graham Bonnet. There are three Pawlak songs that are given the RR re-treatment ('Every Now And Then', 'Cry', 'What If We Wrong') and RR make them different so as not to copy-cat Jace's previou versions. The guitar work from Miller and Johnson is high-flying and fanciful, if you enjoyed the tandem axe work from decades ago (think Night Ranger and Ratt), then you'll be right at home here. 'Room To Run' was made available as a preliminary track on the Net, and is a catchy melodic opener, while the cover of Olivia Newton-John's 'Twist Of Fate' is a new take on a closet classic.

In Summary
There is so much scope with Romeo Riot, and no doubt they'll make an appearance at a gig like Melodicrockfest USA in the near future. Gotta say, this is a catchy as a lawn mower and long grass, and it's an album I'll have on repeat play during the Christmas break. Sing it loud indeed!

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 16 2018 00:28:09
This is an album I really really wanted to love. I'm Facebook friends with Jace Pawlak, and he was super enthusiastic about this album. And many others were as well. And it's gotten a lot of really good reviews. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me as well as I wanted. I think it comes down to Giovi's vocal delivery. Pawlak wrote or co-wrote most of the songs, and they sound largely like the ones from his excellent 2016 'Promise' album (my fave of 2016). One of them actually was on 'Promise' - 'Every Now And Then'. While Pawlak isn't quite at the 'vocal god' level, he's a very capable singer and was the right vocalist for his material on that album (he had a guest singer for two of the 'Promise' tracks). I think Giovi is a vocalist more suited for a harder style than the material on this album. I'm not really familiar with Farcry, but I have listened to some of their stuff before, and I think that's where his vocal style fits.

I've played this over and over waiting for it to really resonate with me, and it still hasn't. I hate that, because this is a project I really want to succeed. It's certainly not bad. The songs are very good, they flow on the album well, the musicianship is solid, the production is good. I know Jace has mentioned that he doesn't see himself as a lead vocalist, but I can't help but think that this would have been a stronger album if he had sung a few of these songs himself, or done some trade-off vocals with Giovi.
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