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inetryconydot
14-12-2017 13:25
The Vatican appears rocked alongside scandal and resignations fair as church leaders necessity trappings up to make good on frail Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican today appears rocked close to licenti

dtabachn
14-12-2017 13:11
The album is called Wake Up! It does include some light prog rock along with speeches' excerpts.

MammetfireLic
14-12-2017 13:02
Terry constancei know that is probably said often.. however reading this actually made me understand how much time i've wasted, worrying about things that had been so pointless. have a look [url=

gdazegod
14-12-2017 01:20
Chris, is there such an album? Maybe we should get Alun onto the case. He loves those oddball albums.

englandashes
13-12-2017 23:49
Performance enhancing aspect....never did much for me.

englandashes
13-12-2017 23:49
Like Froome, my 5k and 10k times are now in doubt, as it seems I took too many puffs of my inhaler before the races.In all seriousness it sounds pretty odd that an inhaler used by millions has such an

englandashes
13-12-2017 23:43
Canít believe Pope Francis 2015 release, Wake Up, has not been reviewed yet here at GDM?

reyno-roxx
13-12-2017 17:40
Man, I really thought Froome was above any doubt, but this will always hang like a shadow now. Damn! Unlikely to win Sports Personality of the Year on the Beeb now too.

reyno-roxx
13-12-2017 17:38
Look what happened when the Pope signed to Infinity? Brought the company down and certainly ruined TKO's career. Brad Sinsel probably not a fan.

gdazegod
13-12-2017 11:37
Oh dear, Chris Froome in a doping scandal. This looks bad.

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Ten - 2014 Albion



ARTIST: Ten
ALBUM: Albion
LABEL: Rocktopia
SERIAL: TBA
YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gary Hughes - lead and backing vocals, programming * Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott, John Halliwell - guitars * Steve McKenna - bass * Darrel Treece-Birch - keyboards * Max Yates - drums and percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Alone In The Dark Tonight * 02 Battlefield * 03 It's Alive * 04 Albion Born * 05 Sometimes Love Takes The Long Way Home * 06 A Smuggler's Tale * 07 Die For Me * 08 It Ends This Day * 09 Gioco D'Amore * 10 Wild Horses

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WEBLINKS: www.ten-official.com


Background
Blessed with perhaps the dopiest cover of 2014, British band Ten somehow manage to find treasure in the trash in terms of their ongoing career. These guys must have a four-leaf clover in their history book, as it seems they can muster a record deal out of nothing. Well actually, if you'd read the article on the Now & Then record label in 'Classic Rock Presents.. AOR issue 12', then you'd understand why this band literally seem to have the luck of the Irish about them. No longer with Frontiers Records, after spending more than a decade on their roster, Ten are on the fledgling Rocktopia label, joining fellow Brits In Faith as recent signings. Ten aren't a band that I've taken to my heart, anything but to be honest. However, I did take a listen to their previous 2012 album 'Heresy And Greed', and thought it was ok, enough to make me want to give this one an opportunity.


The Songs
Over the years, I've enjoyed Gary Hughes vocals on his solo projects. He's got a cool voice, but I'm listening to this wanting for the band to rock out big time, considering the imagery, lyrics and subject matter, and none of it connects. It's super smooth, layered guitars etc, but there are no rough edges and massive doses of overblown keyboards. Place this against the new Saracen album for instance, and this comes in well behind. The production overall sounds too glossy and kind. I did like 'Albion Born' and 'Smugglers Tale' though, the 7 minute 'Die For Me' too was reasonable, some good guitar work can be found here. You know there's something not quite right when a band is singing about war, battles, death, sin and hell etc, and it's all played without any venom or intensity.


In Summary
Sound like a case of going through the motions? Not quite. The band can deliver, but not in the style that I'd like to see. Still, if you like your hard rock played in the Ten style, then you'll enjoy this. However, if you want power, and a rough-house edge, then this album isn't for you. 'Albion' is good for what it is, and should at least be given a listen to see if it's worth your while.


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#1 | kim_hp on May 26 2015 11:59:43
That 'chick' on the cover is actually my wife, who has been working as rock model for several years now, and I know the cover artist personally. Italian guy. To his defense, I don't think the cover concept was his idea...lol.
 
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