"Road to Hell" is the fifth album from Sunstorm, an AOR project formed by former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, released Jun 8th, 2018 through Frontiers Records.
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2018 is the year of a new album of Joe Lynn Turner and band. The new record is entitled ‘Road to Hell’ and features eleven new songs. What’s immediately recognizable with the new album is an extra portion of heaviness that’s added to this album. Not that Sunstorm turned into a harsh metal outlet, but guitars, done by DGM guitarist Simone Mularoni, got more space. Sunstorm is still about AOR but guitars make things crispier this time.
The uptempo opener ‘Only the Good Will Survive’ is a good example of not solely basing the sound on wide keyboard arrangements. The songs are a perfect start to the album, combining keyboard passages with riff power and Turner’s excellent voice. The album comprises more of these faster songs. ‘Resurrection’, for example, is another one and also ‘Future to Come’ takes the foot off the break.
The title track slows down things. The calmer verse leads to a very rhythmic chorus. Hooks are great with this song that is a true name-giver for the entire album. What’s remarkable is the fact that ‘Road to Hell’ doesn’t really features a cliche ballad. There’s with ‘Everywhere’ a song that’s soulful, but even this track builds up to a more powerful one after a gentle start.
Another highlight is placed more at the end of the tracklist. ‘State of the Heart’ is a grooving melodic rocker that puts a spell on you. Contemporary AOR needs to sound like this song and actually this album. Sunstorm step by step became one of the most important AOR bands these days and if you’re enthusiastic about melodic rock music, there’s no way to get around this album.
Reviewed by Markus Wiedenmann for myglobalmind.com.
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