Perhaps this is match made in melodic hard rock heaven. The Roth Brock Project features guitarist John Roth (Winger, Starship, Giant) and vocalist Terry Brock (Leroux, Strangeways, Giant, et al). As history tells the tale, they met in 2009 during the recording of Giant's Promise Land, where a songwriting bond was formed. Seven years later the collaborate for their first album, simply self-titled.
Considering their musical travels and bands they've been associated with, you can probably guess the Roth Brock Project sound. Yeah. Theirs is pure and classic melodic hard rock featuring strong melody, harmony, hooks, and groove, with large guitar licks and passionate soulful vocals. All these things are wrapped up an accessible, even arena ready, AOR wrapper.
And there's some darn catchy tunes here. You've got some roaring rockers with What's It To Ya, Fighter and Young Gun. Roth lays down the sharp riffage, then blisters off impressive leads while the songs speed along with rock and groove. Some the best material comes when Roth and Brock tap that AOR sensibility. Songs like Young Again and If That's What It Takes are without doubt large arena rockers that turn on catchy lyrical phrasing, made passionate by Brock's vocal delivery. Roth and Brock are able to dial things back a bit for the anthem like ballads of I Don't Know Why and Never Givin' Up, again with Brock at his most emotional, even soulful, best. I think that's enough information to whet your musical appetite for classic rock.
From two very gifted and talented musicians and songwriters, John Roth and Terry Brock, The Roth Brock Project debut album is solid and entertaining classic melodic hard rock in an AOR wrapper. Don't miss it. (Hopefully, it's not a "one-off" gig.) Easily recommended.
From two very gifted and talented musicians and songwriters, John Roth and Terry Brock, The Roth Brock Project debut album is solid and entertaining classic melodic hard rock in an AOR wrapper. Don't miss it. Easily recommended.
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