It took me an extraordinary amount of time to secure The Ladder's latest work 'Sacred.' It has been out for more than half a year. Yet, it was worth my time, effort, and money. And everything that could be said about this album has been recorded elsewhere with high praise. I can only agree with my colleagues; this is exceptional melodic hard rock. Steve Overland (FM, Shadowman) is an incredible vocalist, sterling in precision of delivery. This album shine with great music.
I won't bore you with historical or production details for you can read them elsewhere. Suffice to say that this is some of the best melodic rock I've heard in 2007. Some of my favorite songs include the title track, 'Body & Soul, and the surreal and brilliant 'Here I Am.' 'Sea Of Love' is another track mysterious in composition and emotion. Curiously, there is a certain untouchable evocativeness to this work. At one time you're arrested by subtle and transitory rhythms and then plunged into heavy melodic rock; 'Make A Wish' is a fine example of this. To some this 'Sacred' may sound all too familiar. I beg to differ. Listen carefully and more than once. You will be surprised and pleased.
The Ladder's 'Sacred' may seem to revolve around vocalist Steve Overland. But there is more than meets the ears here. This is premium melodic rock produced by those who know the craft. Find it and buy it. Very recommended.
- Craig Hartranft
Steve Overland, one of Britain's most talented vocalists, returns with The Ladder's 'Sacred.' The whole album is pure melodic rock. Smooth and well produced, 'Sacred' is a fine album; a definite candidate for best in category for 2007.
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