Monday, February 27, 2012

Frozen Rain-Ahead Of Time

Avenue Of Allies

Belgian song writer & multi-instrumentalist Kurt Vereecke is the driving force behind AOR group Frozen Rain. Four long years has past by since the release of Frozen Rain's self titled debut album. With a new album comes new faces. Joining Kurt and original Frozen Rain members Jurgen Vitrier (keyboards) and Vincent De Laat (bass) are Carsten Schulz (Evidence One,Paradise Inc., ex-Domain) on vocals, Rik Priem (rhythm, solo and acoustic guitars) and Kurt’s brother Hans Vereecke (drums). The positions might have changed (for one thing on the debut five different singers shared the vocals) but one thing that hasn't changed is Frozen Rain's ability to craft excellent melodic rock in an era when melodic rock is sometimes a dirty word. The album was mixed by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Eden’s Curse, Shining Line, Lionville) and mastered by Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Sunstorm) which has resulted in a smooth, crisp and clean sound. Honestly it shines bright in this cold patch of winter and gives off an almost glossy and sunny sound. However that might sound (and yes it sounds crazy) it works out! With it's splendid mix of classic guitar, flashy keyboards, pop rock drumming and soaring vocals "Ahead Of Time" is a great follow-up and another great choice for AOR/Melodic Rock fans!


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