Revolution Saints - Light In The Dark

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Light In The Dark represents the second release from another of those melodic rock super-groups on Frontiers, Revolution Saints. With the same line up of Doug Aldrich, Deen Castranovo and Jack Blades, Light In The Dark expands upon the already excellent foundation developed on the first Revolution Saints album by offering up a heavier and more developed sound. It seems fair to attribute a share of credit to the influence of Aldrich in this regard, as while his presence was certainly obvious on the first record, his lack of influence in writing the record was also noticeable, given that many of the songs were absent the huge, aggressive riffs that are a signature of the guitarist's sound. This time around however, Aldrich's presence is felt more obviously in the writing department. Light In The Dark benefits from the guitarist’s fiery style, as it provides the band with a much harder edge than the first album, a hugely positive factor given that it results in a more round sound and tone. For instance, Take You Down offers a riff with plenty of balls, while Ride On is the kind of pacey, up-tempo rocker that likely wouldn't have been landed upon without Aldrich. That said, Blades and Castronovo's contributions certainly shouldn't be understated either, with the latter providing superb vocals melodies on virtually every track. For the most part, this is a welcome addition that roots the album firmly in the melodic rock genre, however it occasionally works against the band, as it also results in several of the tracks sounding rather similar. While songs like Light In The Dark, Freedom and the aforementioned Take You Down all pack huge choruses, many other tracks would also profit from a greater degree of uniqueness. Still, there's enough quality on this album for it to not only stand up to the success of the first release, but also expand upon it with a heavier and more dynamic sound. Ardent fans of melodic rock will undoubtedly be thrilled with this release, while Aldrich's contribution may also be enough to sway some fans of heavier genres of rock. Regardless of who this album is marketable to, it offers a fairly strong collection of songs supported by superb playing, which is certainly enough for it to be considered another success for Revolution Saints.

Written by James Abel
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