Hair Metal Mansion correspondent DAWN OSBOURNE checks in with the following:
Resurrection Kings is the new self titled album from guitarist Craig Goldy (Giuffria, Dio), drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath), vocalist Chas West (Foreigner, Lynch Mob, Jason Bonham) and bassist Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob, Dokken, Quiet Riot). As befits an outfit with such a fine pedigree the result is ballsy, melodic, old skool, metal of an excellent high standard.
Meaty guitar riffs, driving bassline and intense high pitched vocals from the start this is a pull no punches unashamed traditional kind of metal of which Dio would be proud, however in an approach of which we are sure the great man would also approve the vocals do not sound like Dio and this is a project which stands on its own merits. The themes of the songs are modern with no reference to mythical beasts, castles or yesteryear. In doing that they have bravely decided to break the formula and strike out on their own an approach to be applauded. As such this album is likely to be a little controversial, there are those who no doubt attached to the memory of Dio and would like to see his legacy rehearsed more accurately. However, whilst no one is going to forget the great man anytime soon, musicians need to be given the freedom to move on and create work which speaks to them going forward and into the future. We particularly enjoyed the excellent George Lynch like guitar on this album which has more in common with Dokken and Lynch Mob than some of Goldy's previous work for Dio. But there are softer tracks on the album too such as 'Never Say Goodbye' providing light and shade with more of an aor feel.
We enjoyed this album. Our advice to the band would be to ride the storm of inevitable criticism which follows when a significant actor is removed from the picture, stick to your guns and do what feels right. In time you will be judged by your own standards and rightfully so.
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