Faithsedge – “Restoration”

 Posted by on December 6, 2016 at 01:23  No Responses »
Dec 062016

restorationCombine band members with impressive resumes including the likes of Dokken and Stryper and have them play some metal in the vein of that of the late 80’s and you have Faithsedge with their third album Restoration.

Not often does a band come together with such a wide array of experience as that assembled for the third Faithsedge album.  Faithsedge started in 2011 in Southern California as the brainchild of singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, who has worked with producers including Juan Crocier (Ratt), Mike Tilanca (Bowie, Foreigner), and Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai, Alice Cooper).  Joining Floridia this time is Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline) on keyboards and production, Alex De Rosso (Dokken) on guitar, Tim Gaines (Stryper) on bass and Matt Starr (Ace Frehley) on drums.

As one might imagine given the personnel, this is late 80’s metal along the lines of all the bands the various members have been in and played for. “Never a Day” starts out with one of those characteristic lone guitar riffs as so many songs from the era did, but quickly shifts into a more modern sound for the rest of the song and from a production standpoint, the sound is very full with all the instruments clear and punch, but almost seeming a bit compressed (although that could be my bad ears).  Keyboards play a bit more of a role in the sound than I was prepared for but, alas, there is that scorching guitar solo everyone was hoping for and even a section for Tim Gaines on bass to shine. Continue reading »

Thy Majestie – ShiHuangDi

 Posted by on September 16, 2012 at 18:16  1 Response »
Sep 162012

Thy Majestie is going to release their 6th album on the 25th of September. The album is called “ShiHuangDi”, a strange name at first sight. Lets check this new Italian cd.

Thy Majestie was founded in 1998 by Guiseppe Bondi (keyboards) and Claudio Diprima (drums). For this album Thy Majestie has a new vocalist by the name of Alessio Taormina. They come from Palermo, Sicily in Italy. Their music is power metal with symphonic influences. The new album contains 11 songs with a total playing time of 51 minutes. The theme of the album is the life and times of the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang who reigned in 221 BC. Continue reading »