December 1, 2022

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SUNSTORM – Brothers In Arms (Album Review, 2022)

Struggles for any real identity in a crowded marketplace.
75/100

As is more often the case these days with Frontiers, you are left wishing better decisions had been made.

Who do you call when you want to give a big ‘fuck you’ to one of your major artists who won’t play ball? Mr Everywhere, Ronnie Romero of course, who stands in for a second time for the departed Joe Lynn Turner who wanted no more Sunstorm projects – and who could blame him.

Sadly the label decided to continue the name rather than call it a day, so this has almost nothing to do with the Sunstorm brand that received huge acclaim for the first 3 records before diverting from the formula.

The first “new” Sunstorm album, 2021’s Afterlife featured one killer track I can recall and this has a few of its own, but there isn’t a strong identity here like those first 3 records.

Its all very safe, very formulaic and very predictable, even with the warmth of Ronnie’s always strong vocals.

One for Ronnie fans, not so much for those looking to extend the ‘classic’ Sunstorm legacy.