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Cornerstone Two Tales Of One Tomorrow Massacre Records
Produced By: Cornerstone

Running Time: 55.23

Release Date: Out Now

Released:

Musical Style: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal

Links: Cornerstone
90%
Songs: 88%
Sound: 92%
I'm not sure why, but in my mind Cornerstone are still one of the more underrated European hard rock/melodic metal acts in business. Perhaps this, their fourth studio album will help them break further into the metal mainstream.
Band principles vocalist Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie) and keyboardist Steen Mogensen (Royal Hunt) deliver quality and passion on every occasion.
Two Tales Of One Tomorrow picks up where the last studio album Once Upon Our Yesterday's left off. Swirling keyboards, big guitar riffs (courtesy once again from Mike Tramp guitarist Kasper Damgaard) and powerful and melodic vocals in the best tradition of the European hard rock/metal genre.
Cornerstone has developed their own style over time best demonstrated by the opening pairing of Misery with its double kick-drums and organ drenched harmonies plus the slower, but more aggressive crunch of One Man's Hell.
The other side of the band is highlighted by the slower and moodier Mother Of Mercy and the simple massive power rock ballad Blinded, which oozes passion and angst.
Other highlights from the record include the title track Two Tales Of One Tomorrow, which features some fine guitar work and snappy drumming; the big Royal Hunt styled Starlight And Mystery and the simple straight ahead rocker Wicked.
The Bottom Line
Cornerstone deliver consistency, good melodies, strong songwriting and a well defined sense of their own style. Not to mention a great even mix and sound. This is a very polished piece of European hard rock / melodic metal featuring one of the unsung heroes of the vocal world.
Human Stain still remains the band's classic release, but you can safely add this to their quality discography.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Arrival
Human Stain
Once Upon Our Yesterdays
Two Tales Of One Tomorrow

Line Up:
Doogie White: Vocals
Steen Mogensen: Bass, Keyboards
Allan Sorensen: Drums
Kasper Damgaard: Guitar
Rune Brink: Guitar

Essential For Fans Of:
Cornerstone
Doogie White
Royal Hunt
Track Listing
Misery *
One Man's Hell *
Mother Of Mercy
Two Tales Of One Tomorrow *
Prey
Blinded *
Starlight And Mystery *
The Dance
Wicked
We Are The Dead

--*Best Tracks


03/11/09: Wardy - micktward@internode.on.net
Rating: 86
Just trolling through the Your Reviews while listening to this very album and was shocked at the lack of member reviews for this one and considering I'm as guilty as you and the rest of us for not promoting this one here's my quick 2c.

Bloody great album!!! I recall not enjoying Once Upon Our Yesterdays as much as I had Human Stain and was pleasantly satisfied with this one. They changed things up a bit here - ditched a ton of the Purple and Rainbow influences and concentrated on a more riff based sound which I found quite the thing... songs such as Wicked and One Mans Hell have a groove to them that would have been foreign to the standard of the previous albums but here it works nicely.

listening to the album now I'd say its downfall is the slower numbers being a bit too Dio croonfest like where all you want to hear is some speed and it can get a bit tiring when things only pick up here and there - but that would be a small negative.

Overall a real winner this album, picked this one up around release time and I still play it once in a while - still enjoy it too!

30/07/07: joe crowley - jcs4jbem@comcast.net
Rating: 90
I agree 100%, but there are mistakes in the review.Steen Morgansen plays bass and Rune Brink plays keyboards not guitar.


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