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Pride Of Lions The Roaring Of Dreams Frontiers Records
FRCD323
· Produced By: Jim Peterik & Larry Millas

· Running Time: 59.58

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: Melodic Rock

· Links: Frontiers Pride Of Lions
93%
Songs: 90%
Sound: 96%
In a short space of time, the Jim Peterik/Toby Hitchcock lead Pride Of Lions have created a nice little catalogue of music. This is their third studio album and there are also 2 EPs and a live CD/DVD.
On their third opus, the band takes influences from the first two albums, emphasizes those parts and adds in a few new twists to keep things fresh.
Most of it works, but perhaps a couple of things don't quite work as well or sound as comfortable as when they are concentrating on the straight ahead AOR which the band delivers perfectly. To simplify things - those that loved or liked the first two albums will love or like this third album and those that haven't managed to warm to the band's unique take on the classic AOR sound will probably remain unconvinced.
Bottom line for fans is that The Roaring Of Dreams is another fantastic melodic rock/AOR record, with mastermind Jim Peterik's style all over the record.
And I must be said that the record sounds a million dollars, with a huge production quality that the guys should be proud of.
And vocalist Toby Hitchcock further enhances his reputation with an outstanding performance here, even when I am debating the merits of his preferred style of delivery.
Toby may not have the most natural voice for AOR, but he has one hell of a set of lungs. There is a element within the Pride Of Lions releases to cater for Toby's big booming voice and his natural tendency to sound like he is on Broadway. Several times throughout this record I felt as if I could be listening to a rock opera or Broadway musical. Toby should look into such an outlet as I believe he has a voice made for projection across a stage.
The massive closing note of Heaven On Earth is a prime example, then there is the title track The Roaring Of Dreams, which could easily have come from something like The Lion King! Glorious tunes I must say – I'm just openly debating with myself whether it would be a good idea for Jim to write a rock opera for Toby and save the material such as Turnaround and Roaring Of Dreams for an occasion such as that.
That said, the majority of the record remains on course for what is expected of the guys. And the quality of the songwriting takes us back to the anthemic choruses of the debut, even if this album is still its own beast.
The Roaring Of Dreams is a nice uptempo record. The frantic rocking pace of Heaven On Earth can take you by surprise and sweeps you off your feet. It really is an intense song at times.
Book Of Life isn't as instant, but you know that guitar sound by now and it feels very comfortable. Jim and Toby trading vocals lines through the verse bathed in keyboards is something many will enjoy.
The more laid back and easy going Love's Eternal Flame brings back memories of the more commercial debut and of Jim's 80s style. Toby delivers a perfect AOR vocal here and a wonderful melodic chorus, showing that this kind of track should perhaps be delivered more often. One of the album's best tracks.
I'm also big on Language of The Heart, which is more classic Peterik and perfect POL. Another great chorus and an uptempo, but relaxed vibe gives this song another best track tick.
Let Me Let You Go sees the guys turn back to the more intense, hard driven sounds of the opening two tracks. A nice little rocker with a tough guitar lick, but perhaps not the most memorable track.
Faithful Heart is the first big ballad of the album in which Toby delivers an astounding lead vocal. The guy could blow out car tires with his power. This big, passionate and over the top ballad with orchestral parts is another album highlight.
The uptempo urgency returns for Defying Gravity, but it is not quite as intense as earlier tracks and I like it more for that reason. A catchy chorus keeps the song rolling along at a good pace.
I spoke of The Roaring Of Dreams earlier. This is a big, bombastic ballad and is born to be delivered from a Broadway stage.
Secret Of The Way is perhaps the other track from the album I could live without. Jim features on vocals with Toby for this very pleasant, more laid back pop tune that I don't think fits the overall record.
Astonish You continues the breezy laid back pop portion of the album, but on this occasion, the song fits thanks to a classic 80s keyboard sound and a nice soulful lead vocal.
I laughed the first time I heard Tall Ships. I love this track, but I wasn't sure how to take it when the big chorus includes a keyboard "riff" which resembles a foghorn or something like that. I'll leave it to individual tastes to decide the merit of that bit, but overall, the track is a fine uptempo melodic rocker.
The album closes with another big bombastic Broadway style ballad Turnaround, that at 7 minutes in length overstays its welcome a little.
The Bottom Line
Overall, a very fine and fantastic sounding record. This should further enhance the band's reputation among established fans, but I'm not convinced too many new fans would come aboard if they did not already warm to the first two albums. The stage show portions might be better toned down a little, but everything about Pride Of Lions screams "big" and this record is the biggest of the three to date. Biggest, yes, but best, no. The debut still reigns supreme and I'm still very fond of The Destiny Stone too.
I like the album best when it is more relaxed and concentrating on AOR, but all in all, it is another fine release from Jim Peterik and the guys.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Pride Of Lions
· The Destiny Stone
· Live
· The Roaring Of Dreams

Line Up:
· Toby Hitchcock: Vocals
· Jim Peterik: Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals
· Mike Aquino: Guitar
· Ed Breckenfield: Drums
· Clem Hayes: Bass
· Christian Cullen: Keyboards
· Thom Grifin: Backing Vocals

Essential For Fans Of:
· Pride Of Lions
· Jim Peterik
Track Listing
· Heaven of Earth *
· Book Of Life
· Love's Eternal Flame *
· Language of The Heart *
· Let Me You Go
· Faithful Heart *
· Defying Gravity *
· The Roaring of Dreams
· Secret of The Way
· Astonish You
· Tall Ships *
· Turnaround

--*Best Tracks


13/05/07: Johnathan Rodriguez - driverdrummer@hotmail.com
Rating: 100
I am blown away by this cd! This is the best production I have heard on a rock album in a long time. There are some great uptempo rockers such as "Defying Gravity", "Let me Let You Go", and "Book of Life" that have a theatrical feel, however, I feel the album's main strengths lie in the ballads. The ballads on this album are amazing and are on the same level or, even better, than the ballads on "Vital Signs" and "When Seconds Count". I highly recommend "Faithful Heart" and "Love's Eternal Flame" which sound like modern versions of "The Search is Over" and "Desperate Dreams" respectively; "Astonish You" is the gem of the album. The song is AOR/Westcoast at its best and could easily be a frontrunner for song of the year. A+

03/05/07: Splash777 - Splash777@msn.com
Rating: 5
This is one of the most over produced albums that wasn't released in 1985 I've ever heard. The songs are run of the mill at their very best. Every song is struggling to have this giant chorus but all they do is flail miserably in sludge. The lyrical content is pedestrian throughout. The ballads are freaking horrible and sooo overblown. We've heard all this done before better and worst (King Kobra). The album suffers from too much of everything. Tone down the christian preach fest. Positive lyrics are fine but the out right preaching is a way too much for myself. I wouldn't recommend using this cd a coaster its that bad. Oh and the wanna be Jeff Scott Soto/Jamie Jamison's delivery is bland most of the time even when he's just about cloned those much better vocalists perfectly.

01/05/07: guillermo - guillerperez@hotmail.com
Rating: 75
un tema me deja atonito el resto me da de laDO EL HITCHOCK CANTA SIEMPRE IGUAL Y JIM PETERIK SE PLAGIA A SI MISMO SIN COMPASION . CON TODO ME GUSTA A RATOS

24/04/07: Sava Karadzic - svemirski_modulator@yahoo.com
Rating: 87
"The Destiny Stone" is still Pride Of Lions best album!
This new one can be boring after some listening... Still, it's great!

23/04/07: Axe-Machine - lisvanepanthers @ yahoo.co.uk
Rating: 88
Hmmm, not bad at all, but not as 'Vital Signs' as I had anticipated. That being said, songs like Language of the Heart, Loves Eternal Flame and Let Me Let You Go are excellent. Tall Ships would probably be my fave pick if it wasnt for that bloody annoying foghorn during the chorus. Mr. Peterik, if you're reading, please take that off the song and put the new version as a euro bonus track for the next album.
I still personally think that Destiny Stone is their best album, but this one certainly wont be left collecting dust. Keep it coming. Reccomended - 88%.

22/04/07: Strunz - strunz@cazz.it
Rating: 90
Excellent album! now here's great one.

my fave songs are

1. Loves Eternal Flame

2. Heaven On Earth

3. Secret Way

90% score for this album.

19/04/07: restless one - rocksteady.com
Rating: 80
The s/t cd is a great album. Album no.2 bored me somewhat. no.3 is back on track with great songs eg. Heaven and Earth , Love's Eternal Flame and BEST of all the very Survivor sounding Language of the Heart (Brilliant).

19/04/07: NunYoBusiness - nun_yo_business_1@yahoo.com
Rating: 20
Another Broadway disc from pride of lions or perhaps the poor mans "Meatloaf" bombastic to say the least. On first listen I thought I was listening to unreleased tracks from "Rent" I could see the chorus line snaking down 5th Avenue all wearing spandex & clapping their hands. The music sounds dated right out the gate, skip this & check out "World Stage" instead.

18/04/07: Zok - micke_016@hotmail.com
Rating: 79
The first "Pride Of Lions" record is their best record. The new album is better then the last boring album . But itīs something with this record that I not like. Sometimes itīs boring here to. I dont know what it is. Maybe I am tired of the Pride O Lions sound? Its better melodic records out there. Sure itīs good songs on this album to, but not enough.

18/04/07: Marc Bronkhorst - 4horsemen@home.nl
Rating: 9
Absolute fantastic AOR album. No bad songs on it. I think it is an more grown band now.


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