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After debuting in 2015, the are back with their sophomore release, Light In The Dark. If you aren’t sure who the are, the band is comprised of some well-known musicians: Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees), Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey, Bad English), and Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, DIO). Blades on bass shares vocal duties with Castronovo on the drums. They worked with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, who also produced their first album and although not all members could be in one place at one time for recording, they were able to put together a dynamic album of melodic rock.Knowing the musicians involved, it should be no surprise that Light In The Dark is full of soaring guitar licks, heavy bass lines, and powerful vocal harmonies. And of course there is a power ballad or two. After their 2015, many thought that this group might have been a one-off experiment, but appears to not be the case.

The regular album offers eleven new tracks for the listener, and the deluxe edition includes four additional songs. Kicking off the album is the title track, Light in the Dark, a fast-paced tune that will definitely remind fans of melodic rock of some of their favorite bands, as it is slightly reminiscent of Journey and others from that era. With dual vocals, a catchy hook, and an all-around positive vibe, this song stands out as one to be remembered. Freedom and Ride On are the next two tunes and stay on the heavier side of things before heading into what everyone is waiting for, that piano-driven ballad, which is found in I Wouldn’t Change a Thing. With its theme of love and loss, listeners can feel the emotion in the soulful vocals and as well as the piano and guitar combination.

The whole album is chock full of powerful melodies, optimistic lyrics, and a vibe that is certainly reminiscent of the 1980’s, without sounding dated. And rumor is that the band will be the band will be touring this time around, so it seems like are here to stay.

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