The veteran and venerable musicians and brothers Dan and David Huff left an everlasting mark on American melodic hard rock with 1987's Last of the Runaways, a work of quintessential brilliance. After several reunions and resurrections, this understated band reforms and releases Promise Land on Frontiers Records. David Huff (d) remains the only original member. However, he has recruited some talented musicians for this new incarnation including Terry Brock (Strangeways, Seventh Key) on lead vocals and John Roth (Winger) on guitars. Brother Dan contributes his writing skills on seven songs and lead guitar licks on two, Save Me and Believer (Redux). Ultimately, what remains is Giant's unequivocal ability to deliver solid AOR melodic rock.
Though Promise Land may a slight difficulty surpassing the greatness of Last of the Runaways it certainly echoes and builds upon its strong foundation. This is solid stuff. Brock is brilliant, deliberate as a rocker and soulful as lover expressing his feelings in song. There's some testosterone driven rock, as on Prisoner of Love or Plenty of Love (freakin' awesome!), and heart wrenching rock ballad as on Our Love. Roth kills throughout with exceptional fret with and, often, adding a blues feel to many numbers. Check out Two Worlds Collide, Promise Land or Double Trouble. The production is immaculate, clear and fervent. Frankly, to coin an abused phrase, it doesn't get much better than this. Without doubt, Promise Land proves that gigantic melodic rockers Giant are masters at the top of their game. Impressive and entertaining, if love genuine melodic hard rock, then do not miss this.
Without doubt, Promise Land proves that gigantic melodic rockers Giant are masters at the top of their game. Impressive and entertaining, if love genuine melodic hard rock, then do not miss this. Strongly recommended!
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