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Pride Signs Of Purity Point Music
Produced By: Pride / Pete Coleman

Running Time: 56.55

Release Date: June 23

Released: EU

Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: AOR Heaven
92%
Songs: 94%
Sound: 89%
Pride's debut album was an extremely enjoyable slice of British AOR, mixing the mood of Dare with the classic melodic rock approach of White Lion and more recent stars of the melodic scene, Guild Of Ages.
As with many bands that follow up a debut after touring together, Pride are now getting tighter as an outfit and improving on their chemistry. Signs Of Purity also sees the band with a harder edge and a little more intense.
The 11 songs from Pride's second album see the band taking up where they left off, but improving their craft as they mature as a band.
To release a debut album as strong as Far From The Edge is unusual, so the guys would have found themselves in quite a difficult position in order to better that album. But I believe they have done just that. The good thing about Signs Of Purity is that you can virtually start the album at any point and find yourself enjoying a strong track with a good melody.
What I particularly enjoy apart from the raspy vocal delivery is the melodic guitar soloing, which appears out of the blue in intros, during the song itself and in the traditional guitar solo slot.
The album opens impressively, with what really could be one of the year's best melodic rockers. The pure moody melodic rock anthem Could You Believe will rate highly among fans and newcomers alike. A good intro to the album and bridge from the debut.
After that though, things get a little tougher. Somewhere, Someway is equally moody and intense, but more guitar driven and certainly a pace above normal tempo.
Story Of Our Lives is a little more laid back, but features a punchy chorus, while the mid-tempo rocker It's Just Me keeps the album flowing nicely.
Elsewhere Say You're Not Lonely is a first class mid-tempo rock anthem and album highlight, while One Time Around matches the style and mood of the debut album and the album closer Still Raining is a 7 minute plus heavy epic ballad. A little risk taking by the guys pays off. It's a great track that features some superb guitar soloing.
Heaven's Waiting is the album's only slow ballad a nicely stripped back acoustic number which gives the album a little extra diversity.
Keyboards are added as a supplement to the melody of the album, which suits the songs just fine. Above all else, this is a vocal and guitar driven record.
The Bottom Line
An excellent follow up to an excellent debut. Picking up where they left off, the band deliver a tighter and tougher collection of songs that seems them make some growth as a band, but never forgetting what made fans love their debut.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Far From The Edge
Signs of Purity

Line Up
Promo - Not Listed
Essential for fans of:
Pride
Guild Of Ages
White Lion
Track Listing
Could You Believe*
Somewhere, Someway*
Story Of Our Lives
It's Just Me*
No Reasons Why
Say You're Not Lonley*
Learn To Fly
One Time Around
I O U
Heaven's Waiting
Still Raining
--*Best Tracks


27/12/09: Marc - marciano_ostapechem@hotmail.com
Rating: 100
Good Band...
I have a question?
Is a Christian Band?

Good Songs

Marciano Ostapechem
Brazil

01/08/04: MusicMann - purjfo98@msn.com
Rating: 95
I love this band. The first LP was a complete shock to me because I haven't heard a guitar tone recorded like that since Saint's and Sinners s/t LP (Maybe here and there with Pete Lesperance of HS). This whole band really shines. Songwriting, musicianship...it's all evident with thier recordings. This second LP is fantastic. Guys, don't ever change your style.

24/06/04: GUILLERMO - GUILLERPEREZ@USUARIOSRETECAL.ES
Rating: 84
UN ALBUM EN EXCESO AOR CON BUENAS MELODIAS QUE NO ACABAN EN CONCRETARSE. mUY INFERIOR A SU DEBUT.

24/09/03: Geoff - g.a.wols@ponl.com
Rating: 91
It is no secret, to me at least, that these guys are one of my favourite bands. I was and am still amazed by a near-flawless debut and anticipated this release for many days. Now with it in my hands I am happy with the product, indeed. The album is excellent and there is no doubt about that. My one hope was for a little tighter sound than the debut. Not so much a better production job as such, but my one peice of muscial advice (And who am I to dish this out) would perhaps be to offer a slightly tighter, and 'crisper' sound, for lack of a better word.

There is no doubt that Pride accomodate some of the best guitar work in melodic rock these days, the vocals are the finest (or close to it) in melodic hard rock today . . . and I'd love to see these two accompanied by a bigger, heavier sounding drum sound. All mixed together in a big Tommy Newton style production job would be bliss to these ears.

Maybe next time, but for now what we have is still one f*cker of an album! The songs and performances are all excellent and the guys take off where the amazing debut left off.

'Could You Believe' is a cracking opener and I love every second of it.
'Somewhere, Someway' could have been from the debut and it a great melodic hard rock track with a big catchy chorus.
'Story Of Our Lives' and 'It's Just Me' continue the excellent progress of the album. Both fine slabs of melodic hard rock.
'No Reasons Why' also sounds as though it could be from the debut. In fact, in 'Say You're Not Lonley' I also get the same feel with this excellent melodic rocker. The band continue greatly with the stlye that made them so popular within the melodic rock world and the songs just come one after another, in form of great melodic rock similar to the debut. I love it!
It must also be noted that the closing track 'Still Raining' is a monster and one of the album's finest moments, in balladic form. A great closer and a superb way to close out another superb album.

Overall, there's no doubt that the boys have done it again. A great melodic hard rocking album with great songs, great vocals and shredding guitars. Let's do it again, hey! . . . and maybe, just, with a slightly bigger drum sound.

26/07/03: andy coates - andy.coates2@ntlworld.cim
Rating: 95
YOU KNOW WHEN SOMETIMES YOU BUY A CD AFTER READING A REVIEW AND FEEL A LITTLE BIT LET DOWN AS ITS DOESN'T LIVE UP THE HYPE WELL DON'T WORRY.THIS ALBUM IS PURE CLASS FROM START TO FINISH AND NOT A FILLER IN SIGHT.THE VOCALS ARE TOP CLASS KEYBOARDS SOAR AS DO THE GUITARS AND THE SONGS ARE TOP NOTCH WITH GREAT HOOKS AND MELODY. DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND BUY THIS CD WITHOUT DELAY

18/07/03: JasonR - papa_bear70@hotmail.com
Rating: 91
Just buy it for the catchy 'Story of Our Lives' - sheer bliss :) Great guitars throughout the album & crisp production.

07/07/03: Thommy - thomas.hofmann@hrz.tu-chemnitz.de
Rating: 92
I really like this album. My only critizism is that some of the songs could have some better hooklines.
What really impressed me is the guitarplaying. Sometimes I think that Vito Bratta from White Lion returned. I would describe the guitar soloing as a mix of Mike Slamer and Vito Bratta. A great melodic sense with a stellar technique. Listen to "It's just me" and "Still raining" and you know what I mean.

06/07/03: Gerry - gerald.heller@gmx.net
Rating: 20
Good sound!But the songs sound like the first CD!Just a copy with new lyrics!!!I prefer the first album!


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