Sunstorm’s first record came out 3 years ago and were one of that years best records in my opinion. Now it’s time for record number 2, and it’s with virtually the same lineup. Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) sings of course, Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69) plays guitar and Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Khymera) plays bass, as well as has produced the record. Gunther Werno (keyboards), Thorsten Koehne (guitars) and Chris Schmidt (drums) are also aboard.
Many of the songs have been released before, such as Save A Place In Your Heart (Only Child), Forever Now (on Terry Brock’s solorecord) and Walk On (Jimmy Barnes). Tears On The Pages (on the first Khymera), Say You Will and Gutters Of Gold are songs contributed by Jim Peterik. Brothers James and Tom Martin have written a couple of songs also, so the quality of the songwriting are topnotch.
Even if many of the songs are old, the voice of JLT gives them new life. There ain’t a weak song on the record, with JLT’s voice and those songwriters, it can’t be wrong, can it? To pick out some song that stand out is hard, but I have to choose the monster ballad Walk On, the title track House Of Dreams and the fantastic Save A Place In Your Heart. The opening track, Divided (with the great keyboards), Don’t Give Up, the ballad Say You Will (what a chorus) and the uptempo rocker Gutters Of Gold are other standouts. A great record in all.
For You who like Frontiers other releases such as Khymera and Place Vendome, this is for You.
Label: Frontiers Records (FR CD 409)
Producer: Dennis Ward
Release date: April 17th 2009
Line-up: Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), Uwe Reitenauer (guitars), Thorsten Koehne (guitars), Dennis Ward (bass), Gunther Werno (keyboards), Chris Schmidt (drums).
Rating: 8 / 10
10: A Master Piece / a future classic, 9: Superb, near perfect, 8: Great, 7: Very good, 6: Good,
5: Average, 4: Below par, 3: Poor, 2: Very poor, 1: Miserable