Streaming online at AOL Music is the self-titled debut album from California's own Faithsledge. Who you may ask? Well, Faithsedge is another so-called "supergroup" of sorts (although not your normal all ego no chemistry supergroup as it seems these guys gave their sound a lot of thought and time considering the quality on display here) that was started in early 2009 by singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia. The bands stud line-up features renowned producer/bassist Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Lukather/Starbreaker), former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso and drummer Tony Morra (Rebecca St James,Van Zant). What about the music you ask? Well, take shades of light metal like Nelson, Firehouse, Winger, Night Ranger, Kiss and Europe and toss with some harder stuff (Dokken for one and maybe eighties era Ozzy /Dio?) and then finish off with a pinch of progressive rock (I suspect they listened to some Rush at some point growing up). Mastered by Tom Baker of Precision Mastering (Judas Priest/Motley Crue) this 11 track album has enough punch to appease hard rock/metal fans while still pulling in the AOR crowd. With a professional sound and catchy hooks these guys seem destined for commercial rock radio and it wouldn't surprise me to see these guys move on to bigger and better things. Faithsledge will be written off as fluff for some no doubt. But these guys bring back that arena rock feeling and have a classic sound about them. I might actually have to look into this one further and lay down some hard earned cash for a copy. A nice surprise for another rainy Ohio day!