'Born as studio project featuring Kansasí Steve Walsh and Italian multi-instrumentist Daniele Liverani (Genius), Khymera reaches the third chapter with its ultimate evolution in a stable bandís lineup and musical concept' (cf. Frontiers press release). This line up includes Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, and multi-talented producer) on bass and vocals, Daniele Liverani (Genius) on keyboards, Tommy Ermolli on guitars and Dario Ciccioni (Hartmann) on drums. Songwriting was handled by twin brothers Tom and James Martin (House of Lords, Ted Poley). Khymera, again(!), presents us with classic melodic rock without much equal. I would even say that this pretty epic music, holding its own and often blowing away many of their European peers. Either way, I am thankful that this genre survives across the ocean (because it does not in America). 'The Greatest Wonder' is exciting and profound music.
Mr. Ward continues to amaze me with his vocal prowess. Mr. Liverani is simply a wonder on the keyboards. They rest of the band is basically sterling. Production is exquisite and the song composition is tremendous. This is great, classic melodic hard rock and so, there is not a single dog or piece of filler on this album. I was totally enthralled by 'Burn Out,' an amazing number with wondrous guitar work. But there's more!
Consider also the following tracks: 'Since You Went Away' is a premier near ballad-like rocker that features passionate vocals by Mr. Ward. 'Beautiful Life' is song that reminds you why you love melodic rock: enthusiastic melodies wrapped in great, positive lyrics and shear rock enthusiasm. 'Long Has Been And Gone' is more of what you would expect in a ballad; the main component being Mr. Liverani's superb keyboard work. There is no doubt that Tommy Ermolli is an accomplished guitarist as discovered on such songs as 'No Sacrifice,' 'Burn Out,' and 'The Greatest Wonder.' 'If I Can't Be' is by far the best testimony to Khymera's skills: the composition and musicianship is perfect.
Khymera's 'The Greatest Wonder' is their greatest work yet. We were all impressed by 'A New Promise' in 2005. 'The Greatest Wonder' recording builds upon this and exceeds our expectations. Again, this classic European melodic rock, the finest you will find anywhere, anytime. Highly recommended!
- Craig Hartranft
Khymera's long awaited sophomore release easily impresses being even better than 2005' 'A New Promise.' This is premier European melodic hard rock. The song composition is brilliant, the production, sterling, and the musicianship, excellent.
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