Gaia – Truth And Illusion [1996]

GAIA_TAICountry Austria          Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members
Jan Parker – Vocals, Paul Heeren – Guitars,Keyboards,Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians
Terry Porter,Carl Holt – Bass, Steve Alexander,Jamie Lane – Drums

Tracks
01. Wonderland (5:07), 02. Beloved (3:45), 03. Clear Blue Light (4:34), 04. Gun (4:31), 05. Contract Of Hearts (4:31), 06. Witness (4:36), 07. Last Dying Breath (5:01), 08. Last Dying Breath (1:29), 09. Trust (4:31), 10. Moment Of Truth (4:56), 11. Man Woman (4:09), 12. Mountain (4:49), 13. Sands Of Africa (4:53), 14. Heart Of Man (3:45), 15. Heartland (4:21)

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Profile Paul Heeren is an Australian guitarist and songwriter. Having gained local exposure via the ABC (Australia) with progressive rock band Montage, Heeren moved to London where he worked as a session guitar player, eventually meeting Ed Ball when brought in to guest on ‘E for Edward’. He continued to be involved with The Times through the 90s, performing with the band for the 1994 Creation Records 10th Anniversary concert at the Albert Hall.

Also a prolific songwriter, Heeren wrote the 1991 Highlander II film theme ‘Trust’, released on WEA, performed by Heeren Stevens which included powerhouse rock vocalist Jan Parker (formerly Stevens). This was followed by the 1996 German release of the GAIA album ‘Truth and Illusion’ on Koch Records with Jan Parker on vocals, and featuring performances from Steve Alexander (Brother Beyond) and Jamie Lane on drums. The singles ‘Moment of Truth’ and ‘Wonderland’ were taken from the album. A single ‘Moment of Truth’ was taken from the album and is still featured on a couple of German compilation albums in the ‘Hot Stuff’ series.

Gaia should of gone far with so much talent.  “Wonderland” could have been a great rocksong, in my opinion, with more keys plus less drums and “higher played” guitars. The rest of the song material is mainly more “lightweight” with the great “Last Dying Breath” as my favourite. It’s such pathetic..!! “Contract of Hearts” and  “Moment of Truth” are the others I can honestly say about that I like them a lot. If you like bands like Joal, Queen of Spades, TC Kross, Zotl, Opus and Toxic Love then this should fit just fine.

JandPSepia

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