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Romeo Riot
Sing It Loud
2017
Melodic Rock
Brian Rademacher



With the amount of music that comes our way at RockEyez it’s extremely hard to be excited with every disc or download that we receive. Recently I received a message from the President of Kivel Records, John Kivel, and he asked could I check out this new band of his named ROMEO RIOT, who is made up of some high-profile musicians in the melodic hard rock world. Now these “project bands” that come along these days usually mean a group of musicians looking to make a quick buck and the songs are lackluster at best but once I heard the very first track, “Room To Run”, my mind was made up I had to hear the rest of the album.

So as I said the disc starts off with “Room To Run” and this is one of those songs that brings joy to my ears. You know one of those tunes that when you’re driving you crank it up louder and it bring a smile to your face. Track two, “Streets of Babylon”, is another gem that explodes with musical delight.  Lead vocalist Mark Giovi is a master vocally; high notes and elevation are no problem as the man knows his craft. Lead guitarists Scott Miller and Erik Johnson play with perfection and flawless execution. The first two tunes are unbelievable and with eight more to go I hoped they can keep hold of the flame.
In an early press release there was mention of classic BON JOVI with the comparison being the title track “Sing it Loud” and it certainly holds true to the melodic rock genre. What captures the moment are the phenomenal harmonies of this sentimental song.


“Twist of Fate” (Olivia Newton John cover) brings some fast-paced mastery from all. Jace Pawlak’s keyboards shine on this one and with the dual guitars of Johnson and Miller it makes this one essentially a hit-maker if there was still such a thing in this style of music today.


“What If We Were Wrong” is a classic melodic ballad that will hold the attention of any fan of this genre. The soaring guitars really hit home. “Same” is one of the heaviest tunes on the disk and has a VAN HALEN flare with Ty Sims bass lines pummeling the strings and Erik Johnson pulling double duty behind the kit, when the band couples the overall execution with some killer riffs magic is made.
“Cry” is a cool tune that shines once again. So far I haven’t heard one track that I feel could be called a filler tune. Every song has great elements from the lyrics to the music.


Jumping ahead to the last track “Best Nights of Our Lives”, I hear comparisons such as NIGHT RANGER on this one. It’s hard hitting, fast paced, some killer riffs, great lyrics and Giovi exploding on vocals. “Sing It Loud” is one of the most enjoyable releases I heard this year. It’s simply good, straight ahead rock ‘n roll so pick this one up!

 


Band Lineup:
  • Ty Sims - Bass (Bombay Black)
  • Jace Pawlak – Keyboards and Vocals
  • Erik Johnson – Guitars and Vocals (Bombay Black)
  • Scott Miller - Guitars (Tango Down)
  • Mark Giovi – Lead Vocals (former vocalist on Farcry “High Gear” & “Optimism” albums)

 

Track Listing :
  1. Room To Run
  2. Streets of Babylon
  3. Sing it Loud
  4. Twist of Fate
  5. What If We Were Wrong
  6. Same
  7. Cry
  8. I Want to Try
  9. Every Now And Then
  10. Best Nights of our Lives




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