TEN - 'Stormwarning' (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Sunday, 20 February 2011 06:00

ten176With a well deserved exile following more than a few ups and downs, a well relaxed TEN returns ready to silence all naysayers. To many melodic rock fans TEN will be the band that bucked the trend of the 90s and continued to bring glorious rock to the masses! 


Given a comeback worthy of praise is principal songwriter and band leader Gary Hughes, who has waited until securing the right line-up, which now includes Neil Fraser on guitar and Mark Sumner on bass, who join long standing members John Helliwell on guitar and Paul Hodson on the keyboards. The drums have been taken care of by Mark Zonder (Fates Warning). The album has been produced and mixed by none other than Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69 and producer of Angra, Place Vendome, Sunstorm and Edenbridge among others) and continues in the vein of TEN's greatest moment - 'The Name Of The Rose' and 'Spellbound'. 'Stormwarning' is TEN's ninth original studio album, and one that finds them in an unusual place in that AOR and melodic rock is currently riding high and the band could not have waited for a better time to unleash this beast of an album.


Taking cues from such classics as Rainbow, Whitesnake and Gary Moore (classic 80's albums) Gary has crafted an amazing album. Opener 'Endless Symphony' begins with a very low key intro and then blasts in a corker of a tune! Straight after that is 'Centre Of My Universe' which is a slower paced track that sits well within the album - okay, it's not amazing but it's still a song of such finesse that it will no doubt be a future classic.


'Kingdom Come' is another mid-paced song but continues Gary's obsession with Gods and prodigal sons. Next up is 'Book Of Secrets' which, with its classic "oohhhhs" is a sultry piece of rock...  the hook of this song is genius!


Indeed all of the songs on this album evoke the classic TEN sound also adding a new dimension to their now ongoing legacy...