Tyketto has always been one of those band, as talented as they were, that never quite got the big break. They had to muscle there way through the Grunge era, and have been fighting back ever since. But, the last five or so years have turned the tide for Tyketto. 2012's much favored Dig In Deep and subsequent touring has revitalized the band. They return with Reach, once more with Frontiers Music.
And once more the album is power house of classic melodic hard rock in an AOR wrapper. With little doubt, Tyketto knows how to craft a proper rock song. They load each song with infectious melodies, smooth vocal harmonies, sharp riffs and sweet solos, a light touch of keyboards, and more than a fe lyrical and compositional hooks. Mentioning the vocal harmonies, at the front of all this great music is Danny Vaughn, one of the best pure rock vocalists of the last several decades. Damn. This guy can sing. He's in fine form. Chilling even as within the choral-like ballad Letting Go.
That song is just the tip of the iceberg for the mammoth tunes within this album. There's some glorious rousing rockers with The Fastest Man Alive, Big Money, the loud Kick Like A Mule, and affirming inspiration of the title cut. The guitar line takes the lead with Tearing Down The Sky, a song that combines Tyketto's ability to blend hard rock strength with big melody and groove. Besides Letting Go, additional more mellow material comes with ballad Scream and the arena anthem Circle The Wagons, the latter having a large vocal arrangement and a stinging guitar line. With Remember My Name strides into their heavy metal groove with sharper riffs and a deeper bottom end. Yet I can't help to think I hear some latent blues in there as well.
As the proverbial saying goes, It's all killer with no filler. With Reach, Tyketto has produced a strong, significant, and quite entertaining record of melodic hard rock. They may be at the top of their game right now. Easily recommended.
With Reach, Tyketto has produced a strong, significant, and quite entertaining record of melodic hard rock. They may be at the top of their game right now. Easily recommended.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]