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Terry Brock – Diamond Blue [2010]

Terry Brock and Mike Slamer are two names associated with high quality melodic rock but their new album just doesn’t fire up enough. Diamond Blue is a solid album with a smooth vocal performance from Brock and great guitar playing from Slamer. The band’s performances are all solid and the production is excellent but there’s just not enough intensity in the songs so they lack ingredients needed to be memorable or outstanding. It takes about half the album until the songs get going and it’s just too little too late for me.

Despite this drawback, the quality of this album is so far ahead of most other albums in this genre that I guess if you are a fan of these guys you probably will still enjoy it – just don’t expect a repeat of previous classic albums such as Native Sons, Nowhere Land, or Slaves Of The New World. Highlights include the epic power ballad “The Rain”, the great guitars in “Broken”, the solid chorus of “Face In The Crowd”, the heartfelt sentiment of “Soldier Falls”, and the piano ballad “Face The Night”. Recommended to melodic rock fans but certainly not as good as it gets.

Band Members
Andrew Bigan – Drums, Percussion
Mike Slamer – Lead/Rhythm/Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Terry Brock – Lead/Backing Vox, Add. Acoustic & Rhythm Guitar, Bass

Tracks
01. Diamond Blue (5:02)
02. It’s You (4:42)
03. Jessie’s Gone (4:32)
04. No More Mr. Nice Guy (4:21)
05. The Rain (5:14)
06. Broken (4:06)
07. Face In The Crowd (4:52)
08. Why (4:15)
09. Too Young (4:11)
10. Soldier Falls (4:30)
11. Face The Night (4:09)
12. Forever Again {Live} [Japan Bonus Track]

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