Phenomena - 2012 - Awakening
1- Smash It Up (Lee Small on Vocals)
2- Reality (Toby Hitchcock on vocals)
3- Homeland (Rob Moratti on vocals)
4- Going Away (James Christian vocals)
5- Gotta Move (Ralf Scheepers on vocals)
6- How Long (Lee Small on vocals)
7- Shake (Mike DiMeo on Vocal)
8- Fighter (Terry Brock on vocals)
9- Dancing Days (Niklas Swedentorp on Lead)
10- Stand Up For Love (Chris Antblad with JAVA Gospel Choir)
The story began in the year 1983, when Tom Galley wrote a couple of short stories with a transcendental background.
Backed by record label Bronze, the recordings for the album "Phenomena" started soon which finally hit the stores in 1985.
Besides the extra-ordinary concept story both musicianship and the names involved with the project are highlights to mention.
Names such as Glenn Hughes drum legend Cozy Powell , Don Airey , Neil Murray - the elite of the British Hard Rock scene had joined the project.
"Phenomena" received high critical acclaim in the press and extremely good sales
The second Phenomena album "Phenomena II - Dream Runner" was released in 1987 and was welcomed with a similarly warm response.
In 1991 the time was right for "final part" of the conceptional story; Phenomena III - Inner Visions"
The Phenomena concept continued in 2006 under the banner "PsychoFantasy"
In September 2010 a new chapter began with a whole host of musicians, and "Blind Faith" was born.
In 2012 we will all hear the new Album "Awakening", an album chock full of new ideas and featuring James Christian (House of Lords), Lee Small (Shy) and Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) as well as familiar faces like Rob Moratti, Terry Brock and Mike DiMeo.
Powerful songs executed by some of the finest rock musicians make this a hugely enjoyable album and it boasts a fine production from Tom Galley and Martin Kronlund.
Earlier Phenomena albums had a conceptual theme, but Awakening does not. There's simply ten strong melodic hard rock songs.
Some turn on a heavier more metal side like "How Long" and "Shake"...a track with with a superb riff !
Rob Moratti shows his amazing vocal tallents on "Homeland" a song that could easily be on his solo album !!
Ralf Scheepers, a notable metal singer, gets the more groove rock of "Gotta Move". Rather than sounding out of his element, he's sounds terrific.
For more rock groove, and a catchy arena sound "Fighter" entertains with Terry Brock on mic.
A strong song with Brock sounding so much better than on the latest Strangeway release.
The lightest piece here, and perhaps the most curious, is "If You Believe" with Chris Antblad and the JAVA Gospel Choir.
Tom Galley is capable of writing good melodic hard rock tracks and with the right singer it all sounds very well.
Music in the style of Survivor, Journey, Overland, FM, etc.
But with only 40 minutes it feels a bit short for me !!
Martin Kronlund: Guitars, and Bass
Tom Harlan: Guitars & Keyboards
Imre Daun: Drums.
Henrik Thomsen: Bass
Per Aronson-Andersson: Hammond, keyboards JAVA Gospel on "Stand up for love"
Carl Anthony Wright - Guitars
Christian Wolff - Guitars
Tommy Denander - Guitars
Mike Slamer Guitars
Magnus Karlsson - Guitars
Mat Sinner - Bass
All COLDSPELL members
Steve Newman - Guitars and backing vocals Fredrik Bergh - Keyboards on "Smash It Up" And "Gotta Move"