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Sunstorm: The Road To Hell
Joe Lynn Turner Sunstorm - The Road To Hell Music Review

Sunstorm: The Road To Hell

Melodic Hard Rock
4.5/5.0

Iconic vocalist, musician, and songwriter Joe Lynn Turner needs little introduction. He's practically a legend in the music industry as one of the premier voices of melodic hard rock. While he has had some major rides with Deep Purple and Rainbow early in his career, in the last twelve years he's put musical passion into Sunstorm. The project was created specifically for Turner by the folks at Frontiers Music. Turner returns with his fifth Sunstorm album, The Road To Hell which features Frontiers Music producer and keyboard player Alessandro Del Vecchio and DGM guitarist Simone Mularoni.

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Once more, there's no real mystery to another Joe Lynn Turner or Sunstorm album. This is straight up melodic hard rock with a metal edge in an AOR wrapper, with Turner's voice leading the way. But if you're a JLT fan, you all ready know this. Now in his mid-sixties, Turner sounds as strong as ever. His vocal style is clean, melodic, and assertive, maybe with wisp of raspiness. One of Turner's greatest strengths is his natural ability to unite with the melody of any song. But as a songwriter he also knows that a good rock song must turn on strong melody, harmony, groove, and effective refrain. Essentially, with The Road To Hell, that's what you get. So if you dig Joe Lynn Turner and Sunstorm, then get the album forthwith.

Otherwise, here's just a few song highlights. With On The Edge, you get a strong guitar start leading to a steady rocker with a tough bass line. For something that blends the important elements of melody, groove, and a tight refrain, listen for My Eyes On You, Future To Come, and the brisk Still Fighting. For a song with some inspirational feeling, look to the opener Only The Good Will Survive, also a bit brisk with a great refrain. A soulful ballad comes with Everywhere. Leading with Turner over light guitar and piano, it swells into larger parts including an epic solo. And Simone Mularoni delivers some killer solos throughout this album. All said, Sunstorm's The Road To Hell is simply quintessential Joe Lynn Turner at his vocal best, delivering catchy melodic hard rock tunes. Recommended.




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All said, Sunstorm's The Road To Hell is simply quintessential Joe Lynn Turner at his vocal best, delivering catchy melodic hard rock tunes. Recommended.

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