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Revolution Saints: Against The Winds
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Revolution Saints: Against The Winds

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.5/5.0

Nine months from releasing the respected fourth album Eagle Flight, Deen Castronovo (Journey, Generation Radio) returns with his Revolution Saints and their fifth long-player, Against The Winds. The new album presents a personnel change, the first since the band's inception. Outgoing members bassist/vocalist Jack Blades and guitarist Doug Aldrich are replaced by bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Black Swan, The End Machine) and guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, TSO, Iconic, Joel Hoekstra's 13). Alessandro Del Vecchio returns to produce and add keyboards and background vocals.

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What has not changed with Revolution Saints MKII is the band's commitment to classic AOR melodic hard rock. After all, for all three fellows, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. They are veterans of the genre. But that's not to say that the band sounds like Journey or Generation Radio, mostly because Castronovo has a distinctive voice and vocal style.


Reviewing the new album, listeners will find another consistent and well-crafted set list of classic melodic hard rock. Some songs hit a little heavier like Fall On My Knees, Save All That Remains, Lost In Damnation, and the riff-ripping and speedy Will I See You Again. Alternatively, the AOR groove rises significantly within Changing My Mind, Can't End It Right Now, and anthem-like Show Me Your Light and Divine Wings.

And what would AOR melodic hard rock be without guitar solos? (Pretty much a waste of time.) Hoekstra lays down some terrific fret work, as always. Complimented by Pilson's fine bass work, Castronovo's drum work is self-evident across the album for strong rock rhythm and groove, yet notable within No Turning Back and Against the Winds.

In summary, as said above, Revolution Saints' Against The Winds is another well-crafted and consistently enjoyable platter of AOR melodic hard rock from three established and talented veterans of the genre. Easily recommended.



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Revolution Saints' Against The Winds is another well-crafted and consistently enjoyable platter of AOR melodic hard rock from three established and talented veterans of the genre. Easily recommended.

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