First they were called CITA (Caught In The Act),then they changed to Guild Of Ages and now they are back as Relapsed. Yes, we?re talking about the comeback of CITA and GOA with a new name,I think it?s a pity that they couldn?t have the CITA name left because I thought it was a great name. This is a band that I have followed since the brilliant debut album "Relapse Of Reason" back in 1995 and has been one of my favourite bands since then. So I was really looking forward to this new album with Danny Martinez, Brian Mesa, Joe Marone and Rob Marone and I think this is a great album. The sound is very similar but with less keyboards that we?re used to hear on the other albums and little more modern approach.
Danny has a fantastic voice and I?ve been a huge fan of him since the early CITA days and he still sings as good today. The harmonies and background vocals are very strong and makes this album sound so melodic. The sound is more guitaroriented,I would have prefered that they should have used more keyboards but they have still managed to come up with very melodic songs with superb hooklines. ? The cover version of Queens "I Want It All" is done with pure magic, I just love it. "Undone" is another winner with a cathcy chorus filled with fantastic riffin? guitars and a huge sound. "Broken" gives flashbacks to the debut album with a more modern sound but listen to the powerful chorus that really takes a grip of you. Great song. "Generation" rocks big time with excellent guitars and Danny?s smooth vocals that lifts up this song.
Relapsed has recorded a first-class hardrock album with powerful choirs and a guitaroriented sound that?s harder than before but yet very melodic. I just hope that these guys gets the chance to record more albums but please, put in more keyboards next time and we?re talking about an even stronger album. This is the heaviest album so far from the former CITA and GOA members but they still got the touch.