STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12874-2437 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
In a copious sleevenote the origins of this project are explained. An American rock band Heart Attack who, apparently, were a hard gigging unit in the '80s, reunited to recreate past glories. Blowing the dust off their old songs they set about rehearsing and recording but that was interrupted when lead singer Wayne Howard was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Eventually recording began again with Wayne doing vocals from his wheelchair. Some new songs were written and rough mixes made and deciding this was more than a private endeavour for their own amusement brought in some all star guests (including vocalist John Schlitt and drummer Louis Weaver from Petra) to add their talents. The resulting album is impressive - impressive that is if your tastes in rock are firmly locked into classic '80s sound ala White Heart and Petra. Playing throughout is excellent, there are one or two memorable songs like the billowing ballad "Surrender" and the hard riffing "Liar" (from which the name Project Damage Control emanates). So, if you're a rock connoisseur who remembers Heart Attack or, more likely, prefer your rock music to emanate from the '80s time warp of theatrical bombast, this album is one to search out.
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