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Grapow, Roland - Kaleidoscope Review

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Artist: Grapow, Roland

Album: Kaleidoscope

Released: 1999

A mixture of styles and genres: Melodic Power Metal


Well well well, Mr. Grapow, you've made the right choice by replacing your person as a singer by a man who really knows HOW to do this job. Am I right? So, what do we have here. First of all, I'd pay much attention on the band lineup:

Mr. Grapow (Helloween) - guitars, Michael Vescera (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) - vocals, Barry Sparks - bass, Mike Terrana (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Rudi Pell, Tony MacAlpine, Metalium, Rage) - drums, Ferdy Doernberg (Rough Silk) - keyboards. One of a hell teams. Unfortunately, I don't know who wrote the songs but I can definitely say that this project has all the sounds of bands that its members used to play in. Perfect combination of all these sounds and as a result - very good powerful and melodic album. Mr. Grapow's guitars are perfect. Terrana's drums really fit all this motley musicians. Vescera's voice is charming as always. And ofcourse Ferdy Doernberg, I know his work in Rough Silk very good, this guy is god when he plays his instrument.

Very atomic mixing. 'Must-have' album for all the fans of above listed bands. Plus, as a bonus-track, cover version of Journey's "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)". I wouldn't say that Grapow's version is more different than original, but it sounds pretty sweet and powerful.

Vocals:9.00 of 10
Instruments:10.00 of 10
Skill:10.00 of 10
Originality:8.00 of 10
TOTAL:9.25 of 10

Reviewed by: Artyom 'Sava' /10.01.2000/

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