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Bronz - 1983 Taken By Storm

ALBUM: Taken By Storm
LABEL: Bronze
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2001, Sanctuary (UK), CMRCD275


LINEUP: Max Bacon - vocals * Chris Goulstone - guitars, keyboards * Shawn Kirkpatrick - guitars * Paul Webb - bass * Carl Matthews - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Send Down An Angel * 02 Heat Of The Night * 03 Cold Truth * 04 Night Runner * 05 Taken By Storm * 06 Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya * 07 Sweet Lady * 08 Harder Than Diamond * 09 Tiger * 10 Loneliness Is Mine

WEBLINKS: www.bronz-music.com

Back in the heyday of the 80s, some people in the UK music media wrote this band off before they even got started. Personally I thought that was a bit harsh, considering some of them were scathing. One of the reviews (Heavy Metal Heather - Sounds) was so bad I just couldn't resist the opportunity to find out for myself whether her claim was justified. Well, fortunately, its not a bad album, nor are the band a complete write-off. One can only suggest that poor old Heather had a bad dose of Slayer-itis or one of those other god awful death metal bands doing the rounds at the time. Now, I've also gotta say that 'Taken By Storm' is no raging classic either, but its still a great listen for the die-hard AOR fan. Bronz was really the first real introduction of vocalist Max Bacon to melodic rock audiences. After coming off a stint with UK veterans Nightwing, Bacon demonstrates quite clearly how much of a powerful voice he's got. The band I suppose was more of an attempt by their record label Bronze to get more into the mainstream radio oriented market, and to give them a contrast to the other notable band on their roster at the time, namely Lemmy's Motorhead. However with the benefit of hindsight, Bronze's move, as well as the bands name did not rate a 10 out of 10 for originality.

The Songs
Of the songs, album opener 'Send Down An Angel' is a nice piece of pomp, with strutting piano lines and keyboard layers a la Grand Prix. This vein is continued with 'The Cold Truth' sounding like very late seventies US AOR. Bronz pick up the pace on the excellent 'Night Runner' where Bacon does his best Sean Harris (Diamondhead) impersonation while the band romp along in a style similar to early Praying Mantis. The title track 'Taken By Storm' isn't half bad either, while the New England cover 'Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya' is no match for the original, but is still a credible attempt nonetheless. Others which are worth a mention include the radio oriented 'Harder Than Diamond' and the laid back pomp of 'Sweet Lady'. There's really only two songs which aren't that great, but two out of ten isn't bad..

In Summary
Due to the bad press at the time, its understandable the band didn't progress any further. Bacon however went on to GTR, the others disappeared off the map, leaving Kirkpatrick holding the fort. He did however put together a second version of the band, who recorded material the following year for the unreleased 'Carried By The Storm' sessions. But as fate would have it, before Bronze could do anything with the LP they went belly-up, leaving the songs untouched until 2010, when Kirkpatrick re-issued it on a private label. Despite what I've written, search this item down if you can. Its notoriety for the wrong reasons makes it a collectors item.

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#1 | Eric on February 08 2008 01:52:29
I was kind of put off by their New England cover and as a fan of Bacon's work with Nightwing this record was bit of a letdown but still 'Taken By Storm' has a melodic slash- progressive slash -pomp vibe that I can't live without. Last I heard Mr. Bacon was running a pub somewhere in the UK Midlands. WTF?

Oh yeah, both the UK and U.S album cover art for this album sucked bigtime. No wonder it didn't sell.
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