Giant X is the project of Running Wild members and guitarists Rolf Kasparek and Peter Jordan. But don't expect I to be another Running Wild under a different moniker. No, this album is more melodic hard rock than Running Wild's melodic power metal.
Conversely, I will not necessarily throw you off. Thanks to Jordan's guitar pyrotechnics there's a solid metal edge to many songs. So if you like Running Wild, you'll probably dig this album. Mostly Kasparek and Jordan went after the quintessential marks of good melodic hard rock: infectious hooks and big choruses wrapped up in strong melodies and a rock groove.
They nail this formula on most every song, but they out do themselves on the catchy rockers Don't Quit Till Tomorrow, The Count, and the rollicking and quirky Let's Dance. There's a interesting nod to a southern rock, even a blues feel, to Badland Blues and Friendly Fire which definitely transcends Running Wild material. Essentially, with Giant X, Kasparek and Jordan came to rock; there's lots of toe-tapping material here without forsaking either player heavier edge. Recommended.
With Giant X, Running Wild mates, Rolf Kasparek and Peter Jordan, get their rock groove on with a platter of quite catchy melodic hard rock.
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