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Birmingham, England, birthplace of heavy metal acts such as Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, has produced another act worthy of making its way into your music library. has been described as heavy melodic rock, classic rock, and AOR. With influences such as Tyketto, Journey,and Europe, their musical roots are clearly very firmly planted in the 1980s and 1990s without sounding out of date or retro.

Tony Nicholl (vocals), Mark Carleton (Guitar), Colin Murdoch (bass), Duncan Cook (keyboards), and Ben Dixon( drums) all played together in the early 1990s and disbanded without releasing any albums, but reconvened in 2010. Cross Your Heart…. And Hope To Die was originally released in 2011 and is now being re-released in preparations for a new album in the near future.

Listening to this album is like entering a time warp to the 1980s, in a most excellent way. The first two tracks, Shame On You and Cross Your Heart are hard pounding rock anthems with a definite emphasis on melody and the all-important chorus. Both songs are additionally a great showcase for Nicholl’s amazing vocal range. Duncan Cook and his keyboards take the stage on She’s Got Me Understood and Crossing the Great Divide, an 8 minute power ballad.

Tracks such as The Perfect Storm, Real Love is the Answer, and While You Were Sleeping are sure to have audiences singing along with their memorable choruses. Nicholl’s powerful vocals mesh perfectly with Carleton’s guitar stylings, perhaps because they have perfected this pairing over many years of playing together.

1,000 Points of Light seems somewhat out of place among the other songs on this album, but is nonetheless an interesting piece. Line of Fire concludes the album in the same manner it started- melodic rock with a memorable chorus.

Cross Your Heart…And Hope To Die is sure to be a new favorite of fans of classic and melodic rock, and their future albums will be highly anticipated.

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