Pink Cream 69 just had their 30th Anniversary and there isn't any better way to mark this event by releasing a new and strong album.
This is exactly what Pink Crean 69 did.
This new chapter is as always produced by bass player/producer Dennis Ward and sees the band once again delivering some solid melodic hardrock.
Leadsinger David Readman gives this album the vocal power, heartfelt emotion and soul it deserves.
Opening track "We Bow To None" kicks ass and sets the atmosphere for the album.
It's powerful and has some razorsharp guitars!
With "Walls Come Down" continues with another strong rocker.
"Unite And Divine", "No More Fear" and "Man Of Sorrow" also continue bringing good quality melodic hardrock pieces with stunning arrangements and a crystal clear production.
Check out the hooks, the chorusses the multilayers.
"Path Of Destiny" Is a heavier song on which David Readman delivers vocals with balls.
"Vagrant Of The Night" to me is the absolute highlight on this release being a sucker for well arranged ballads.
The song starts in a low pace with both electric as acoustic guitars with great laid back vocals.
Both vocals and instruments increase in power building to a climax towards and after the guitarsolo.
"Bloodsucker" the band does what they are known for, catchy powerfull melodic hardrock.
The riff oriented "Whistleblower" is a pure rocker.
The Other Man",closes this album in style with a ballad with some southern sleaze and laid back and more powerful parts.
Love the deep introvert vocalparts between the chorusses.
Also the chorus itself is fantastic with the backgrounds giving the song a very rich sound.
"Headstrong" also includes a bonus live cd.
This extra cd is a real treat to the fans and gives us the band delivering a topnotch performance with loads of classics.
Summing this release up:
A good release which is between melodic hardrock/powermetal with melodic yet powerful vocals and solid arrangements while at the same time staying focussed on the song without getting very experimental.