You may have to reach deep into the black abyss of your mind to conjure any memory of Balance. Hailing from NYC, they were regarded as the next Journey or Foreigner back in the early 80's when the cut two, semi-notable, albums. Peppy Castro, guitarist Bob Kulick, keyboardist Doug Katsaros, drummer Chuck Burgi, and bassist Dennis Feldman formed the core back then. Nearly 30 years later only Castro, Kulick and Katsaros remain. Even though all three have been busy with various ventures, only Kulick may raise your eyebrows because of his association with Paul Stanley and KISS, among others.
I remember little from Balance's early days and there's probably good reasons why. But those reasons are lost with my memory of Balance themselves. Much could be said for their current release Equilibrium. Except for the Castro's passionate vocals (he's still got it) and Kulick's lively guitar work (he does too), there's nothing extraordinary here. This is standard melodic rock fare which is heavily, and some may say too needlessly, dependent upon an 80's motif. Yet, songs like the simple, but catchy, 'Who You Gonna Love' and the guitar driven 'Forever' are satisfying melodic rockers. The rest you can judge for yourself. Otherwise, I remain decidedly ambivalent.
Except for the Castro's passionate vocals (he's still got it) and Kulick's lively guitar work (he does too), there's nothing extraordinary on Equilibrium. This is standard melodic rock fare which is heavily, and some may say needlessly, dependent upon an 80's motif.
Worldview is the collaboration of guitarist George Rene Ochoa (Deliverance, Recon, Vengeance Rising) and vocalist Rey Parra (Sacred Warrior), at the suggestion of Rick Macias (Sacred Warrior) before he passed away ... [ Read More ]
My childhood was safe and sane. No abuse and no traumas. I was surrounded by a large and loving family who taught me the importance of hard work and a meaningful education.
Ronnie James Dio
Lyrically I like to use themes that make the listener use his or her imagination, and to give a little of the lessons I've learned in my own life.
Ronnie James Dio