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IN FOR THE KILL
Paul - Sure to give metal fans
another reason to keep the old school alive and well. ... with Ian Gillan-reminiscent
vocals and Ronnie James Dio-formatted lyrical structure layering riffs that jab you like
classic Maiden, Priest and Fate wrapped up in one package; keyboards that paint
sonic portraits along the veins of Richie Blackmores Rainbow; the steady, yet
fierce, drive of warm bass lines; and solid drumming that could call out any rhythm
section, these guys may very well have the ability to earn a special place in the hearts
and ears of many different shades and gradations of rock n roll fans
Brian Vibberts - Great
Lyrically. Song after song, this album stays strong. Wasted Years - It's a musical
masterpiece, with all the complex time signatures, etc. War - Hard Hitting ROCK! Another
highlight of the album.
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Wasted Years - Creative tempos and chugging guitars get
the listener immediately pumped. The vocal entrance provides an air of anticipation
and rock sincerity. A triumphant anthem of a chorus seems to be the well-placed
payoff, but in fact it's the instrumental break and guitar solo in the middle of the song
that really shows off how Fools Paradise can simultaneously groove and shred.
Long Time - A perfectly constructed and melodic guitar
arpeggio in the intro leads into a drum and vocal groove, and shows off how the band locks
in and feeds off of each other. The chorus is an irresistible rock and roll
sing-a-long moment, and the ensuing guitar solo definitely wraps you up and carries you
pleasantly over the bridge. At times, the lead singer reminds you of Paul Stanley.
This song builds like a breathtaking wave that you will want to listen to full blast as
you peel down the highway. (Reviewed by:
Jason Shaffer, Bryan Farrish Promotion)
RoughEdge - In my review of the band's earlier demo, I said: "A
full-length CD from these guys would be something to behold." Now, finally,
"This World", the full-length CD by Fools Paradise is here and I am
pleased to report that it is indeed something to behold.
"This World" starts out with a track (Why) that sounds a lot like Uriah
Heap. It's got that classic, vintage rock sound that you used to hear on the radio
all the time but can't find now no matter how hard you try. Track 2 (Midnight Lover)
sounds like vintage Deep Purple. Do you see the theme here yet? This is an
album for anybody who likes the classic hard rock era, but "This World" still
has enough of a freshedge -- with its high production values, quality songwriting, etc, --
that it sounds new and just great.
Vocalist Nick Neilson still sounds a lot like Meat Loaf at times, which of course, is a
good thing; Meat Loaf is one of the best vocalists in rock history. This is no more
apparent than on track 6 "World's Burning". The solos on
the CD are fiery and dynamic in the vein of Ted Nugent's style. And the songs are
irresistible, hooking you from the beginning and getting those hooks in deeper with each
and every listen.
"This World" is one of my favorite albums of last year,
and this year, as well. It's fast, fun and a total blast to listen to.
(RoughEdge review by R. Scott Bolton)
Bryan Farrish Promotion - With the smooth sounds of classic rock paired with a slightly
harder more metal-like edge, Fools Paradise clearly has a little of something for everyone
whether youre into the rock bands of yesteryear or heavy metal.
Bad Jimi - This track has an interesting
feel as it provides an actual narrative, uniting it with sly and mischievous
Worlds Burning - This dramatic sounding song has a particularly melancholy
feel that amplifies the emotional feeling evoked by the track. Complemented with haunting
lyrics and well-timed harder edged guitar riffs, this song truly makes you feel what the
band wants you to feel as they are playing it.
Diamond Halo - A particularly deceptive track, it sneakily hides the fact that it
is the most unique track on the whole album as there is an excellent variation in pacing,
volume, solos, and different melodies/riffs, a seemingly chaotic mish-mash of ingredients
that surprisingly create an utterly delectable final result. (Review by Alan Huang, Bryan Farrish Promotion)
Last updated: 11/5/2015