By Tom O’Connor
Revolution Saints returns with Light In The Dark, the follow-up to their well-received 2015 self-titled debut album. It will be available October 13th through Frontiers Music Srl, and it feels like it has been worth the wait.
Readers of my other reviews know I try to avoid spot-the-influence name-checking as much as possible, but the members of this fiery trio were, at various times, actually in bands including Journey, Whitesnake, Dio, Night Ranger, Damn Yankees and even played with Ozzy, so I think it is fair to say that, if you remember a world before iTunes, listening to this album is going to elicit some pretty familiar sonic memories. That isn’t a bad thing when it is done right. If you don’t remember the Jurassic pre-digital world of which I speak, strap in and hold on.
Even though this album pumps out a big, familiar Arena Rock-ready sound, I wouldn’t call it retro. Rock bands, hard and heavy ones, do still exist. These guys just sound like I imagine most rockers would in 2017 if Grunge had never happened. There are fist-pumping beats, serious guitar acrobatics and soaring, melodic vocals, but with bigger things to talk about than Harleys, girls and AquaNet.
The album opens with “Light in the Dark,” a tune with the kind of jump, scope and hope that rock bands used to reach for before Seattle rained on everyone’s party. Deen Castronovo’s vocals, on this and every track, are confident and unapologetic because it should still be cool to be able to hit those high notes. “Freedom” follows with a little more growl and shadow than the opener. The opening trio of tunes is rounded out by “Ride On” with its full throttle sing-along chorus and the first really serious taste of Doug Aldrich’s my-turn-to-shred soloing.