STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 167908-26312 LABEL: Roxx FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ian Webber
The name Fear Not is not often listed amongst Christian heavy metal pioneers and these Californians only recorded one full album. . . this one. On the 25th anniversary of its original release, Roxx Records have re-issued this remastered edition bringing the tracks up to modern day standards. The opener, "Give It Up", is full of catchy hooks, solid bass riffs and sing along gang vocals. Conjuring up hints of Guardian in their prime, its bluesy heavy rock style has all the elements of classic power metal from the 1980s. Vocalist Larry Worley has a similar rasp and depth to his voice that compares well to Jamie Rowe, which when added to the guitar talents of Michael Cutting who went on to play with Holy Soldier, the musical lineup has an impressive set of credentials. Playing the line between AOR and hard rock, the original production of the Elefante brothers is enhanced by Rob Colwell as other tracks crash and roll with power and class. "Suicide Sunshine" opens with a throaty bass and features yet another chorus of layered harmonies that transport you back to the late '80s. Obligatory power ballads are delivered in generous measure too with the rolling "Take Hold" capturing a timely sound and arrangement that could be compared to Mr Big at their best. In addition to the original track listing, two extra bonus cuts are included, which whilst not completely fitting the overall tone of the originals, do nothing to detract from the impact of the album. The first of these, "You Got Love" has a real crunch and energy and originally featured on the first 'Liberty & Justice' EP. At over 50 minutes of music this piece of CCM history is really worth seeking out if early '90s rock is your bag. The album was originally lost, but with this presentation it has enough quality and chops for me to suggest that it should not be allowed to disappear into obscurity a second time.
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