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Ten - Gothica

4.50
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Kaj Roth Format: Album
Release date: 2017-07-07 Year: 2017
Label: Frontiers Music
Genre: AOR
Producer: Gary Hughes
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I have a love and hate relationship towards Gary Hughes and the music of Ten, it started out well with the first two albums in the 90´s before his productions fell apart and went straight into the abyss. I also thought he repeated himself throughout every new composition during the first part of the 00´s, there wasn´t much to be happy about but then something happened when Hughes started collaborating with Dennis Ward.
 
All of a sudden, the music and the production started sounding good again on the albums "Heresy and Creed" (2012) and "Albion" (2014), Hughes also stuck with the same band on the latest 3 releases which is a wise thing because this 7-man band sounds tight and strong.
 
The band has returned to Frontiers Music with their 13th studio album "Gothica", their darkest album to date. The new album´s 10 tracks offers both a step into the world of Ten´s classic melodic rock as well as a new take on romantic horror rock.
 
I wasn´t sure that Gary Hughes would pull it off with his songwriting that tends to lead him into a blind alley but it works, I find it very interesting in songs like "The Grail" where Ten borrows from the new-age project Era and blend Gregorian chant with rock. A nice move indeed.
 
"Travellers" is another fine song where retrowave meets the highland rock of Dare, the song "In my dreams" is classic Ten and a flashback to the 1996 album "The name of the rose".
 
Another great song is "La Luna Dra-Cu-La" except for the childish chorus that makes me singing "Da Cola" instead of "Dra-Cu-La", such a shame since the rest is brilliant celtic rock a la Gary Moore.
 
A solid album that will satisfy the fans of Ten, at least for the moment.
 

Tracklisting 1. The Grail
2. Jekyll and Hyde
3. Travellers
4. A Man for All Seasons
5. In My Dreams
6. The Wild King of Winter
7. Paragon
8. Welcome to the Freak Show
9. La Luna Dra-Cu-La
10. Into Darkness


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