Sunstorm – The Road to Hell

6/10

First of all; I have always loved Joe Lynn Turner. As soon as I first layed my hands on the Rainbow classic Difficult to Cure (1981) I quickly went on to collect his solo albums, the Yngwie Malmsteen-album, the Deep Purple-album and even albums he just sang background vocals on. I was a big fan as a teenager, and at the time it felt like I was the only kid in Sweden who bought the solo albums The Usual Suspects (2005) and Second Hand Life (2007) when they came out (in fact, I might as well have been…). After that, his solo albums stopped coming and instead he was involved with a bunch of different projects his record label Frontiers put together, and you’d think I’d throw myself upon these albums, but I didn’t. The albums from Sunstorm, Rated X and Akira Kajiyama all slipped under my radar as I went on to do my homeworks on rock ‘n’ roll history, collecting the classic rock albums of the past rather than buying new albums.

It was first when I heard the Avantasia-album The Mystery of Time (2014) that I really was reminded how much love I still had for Joe, and it started to make me realize there was still a lot more to discover in his career. Sunstorm is one of those things. Originally busting out in 2006, the project has made five albums so far, but apart from Joe, the members have been inconsistent. The Road to Hell is their fifth release, and the second to feature keyboardplayer Alessandro del Vecchio as main songwriter and producer.

It must be hard to make an good ol’ AOR-album in the tradition you’ve made thousands of albums before which sounds original or different in 2018. The Road to Hell doesn’t do that either, it is a very typical AOR-album that sounds exactly the way you imagine. Still, that is also comforting. I really enjoy listening to this album, it passes my ears softly with a smooth touch and provides me with a nice sense of comfortness. But nothing stands out about it, and even though there are some really good songs here, especially the beautiful Blind the Sky, I probably won’t purchase this album until I come across it for a quick buck in a Hot Shot-tent somewhere. If you are a fan I still recommend listening to this album, because even if you’d find the album unspecial there is nothing to regret about having listened to it. The Road to Hell sure is smooth!

Band: Sunstorm
Title: The Road to Hell
Label: Frontiers
Date of release: 8/6-18
Time: 45,33
Rate: 6/10
Stand out track: Blind the Sky

Sunstorm – The Road to Hell

June 14, 2018

6/10 First of all; I have always loved Joe Lynn Turner. As soon as I first layed my hands on the Rainbow classic Difficult to Cure (1981) I quickly went on to collect his solo albums, the Yngwie Malmsteen-album, the Deep Purple-album and even albums he just sang background vocals on. I was a big fan as a teenager, and at the time it felt like I was the only kid in Sweden who bought the solo albums The Usual Suspects (2005) and Second Hand Life (2007) when they came out (in fact, I might as well have been…). After that, his solo albums stopped coming and instead he was involved with a bunch of different projects his record label Frontiers put together, and you’d think I’d throw myself upon these albums, but I didn’t. The albums from Sunstorm, Rated X and Akira Kajiyama all slipped under my radar as I went on to do my homeworks on rock ‘n’ roll history, collecting the classic rock albums of the past rather than buying new albums. It was first when I heard the Avantasia-album The Mystery of Time (2014) that I really was reminded how much love I still had for…

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