• Tue. May 28th, 2024

A few years back, we got the first album from Revolution Saints, a supergroup combining the talents of drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English), guitarist Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake), and bassist/vocalist Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees). The album became a hit with fans and critics alike, and despite the busy schedules of the individual band members, the group has come back together for their second album, Light in the Dark.

When I heard the first Revolution Saints album upon its release in 2015, the record delighted me with its heavier power-pop sound, which was not unlike that of a harder rocking version of Journey. With the trio reunited for their second effort, does lightning strike a second time?

 

 

My initial assessment of declaring the Revolution Saints sounding like a “heavier Journey,” And honestly, that is a fantastic way to sound. The second record is just as impressive as the first, yet certainly does not feel like a rehash. This trio is on fire throughout the release, showing how musically capable they are. There is certainly a chemistry to be had and heard here, which certainly speaks for these three musicians. When one considers how many different projects these guys have been in over the years, it is all the more remarkable how well they work together. Melodic hard rock has never sounded better.

Light in the Dark lives up to the hype with epic rockers, pop-driven anthems, and some powerful ballads as well. It hits all the high notes in its duration; there are no dull moments on this record, with Aldrich, Blades, and Castronovo delivering on each cut the album presents.

Revolution Saints satisfy yet again on their sophomore album, showing that this trio can rock, and that they were certainly no one trick pony. If you want to hear some quality melodic rock, this release from three of the rock world’s finest names will not disappoint you!

 

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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