I think it took nearly a month from contact with Erol Mora to receive his sophomore effort Desire and Truth, but it was worth the wait. This is a solid work of 80's style melodic hard rock. However, it appears that not everybody shares my opinion. One Euro review site, whose name I will not mention, beat up Mr. Sora pretty bad in a short paragraph. They complained of his derivitive 80's rock style and poor vocals, saying he should stick to guitar playing. Frankly, I think they're missing the point.
First, Sora intends Desire and Truth to be quinessential 1980's melodic hard rock from beginning. Influenced by the guitar work of Blackmore, Schenker, and Sykes and wanting to revisit those great bands like UFO, Whitesnake, or Rainbow, Mr. Mora delivers the goods. Taste of Rock and Roll, the rowdy Rock & Roll Dog, The Storm has Begun, and Stop Messin Around hit the mark and reach the goal. Overall, Desire and Truth has a heavier rock edge with a solid guitar orientation.
As for Mora's vocal style, I was surprised at how good he sounds for rock and roll. Certainly he's not, inset your favorit vocalist here, but he's hardly mediocre. Having the ability to go from the bravado of Rock & Roll Dog to the melancholy of When You Gonna Love Me shows real talent and depth.
Certainly, Mora's brilliance is in his songwriting and guitar playing, which are more than abundant here. This makes Desire and Truth representative of the classic melodic hard rock style, and very entertaining. Quite recommended.
For his sophomore release Desire and Truth, guitarist Erol Mora aims for the famous melodic hard rock of the 1980's, and hits the mark with entertaining energy.
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