Before I picked up the CD, Bitten By the Beast from David “Rock” Feinstein, I wanted to check out his solo band’s 2004 debut Third Wish. I have heard a few good things about this disc, but I haven’t heard any songs off of it until I picked it up a couple of weeks ago.
The first thing that I noticed on Third Wish was the awesome vocals of John West. West is no stranger to the hard rock and metal world. He has sung in the bands Royal Hunt & Artension. He has a killer voice with an impressive range. I can’t believe that I haven’t listened to more of his stuff, but I will soon be on the hunt for some of his previous works. David “Rock” Feinstein is the cousin of Ronnie James Dio, and has played with him in several of his previous bands including Ronnie Dio and the Prophets, and Elf. What I didn’t know is just how good of a guitarist Feinstein is! His guitar work on Third Wish is pretty amazing.
The influences of Black Sabbath and DIO on Feinstein’s music is clearly obvious throughout Third Wish. The songs are filled with heavy riffs, excellent solos, and big vocals. If you are a fan of either of those bands, you are going to find a lot to like on Feinstein’s Third Wish.
Some of my favorites on this CD are the Dokken-esque tune “Rebelution”, the incredible anthem “Screaming Star”, & the killer title track “Third Wish”, and the heavy rocker “Masquerade” All four of these songs are worth the price of the CD by themselves. The title track ‘Third Wish” clocks in just shy of 9 minutes long, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. It starts off slow but builds into an awesome metal beast. “Masquerade” is another upbeat rocker with a huge vocal performance from John West.
From the opening riffs, to the catchy vocals of John West, “Far Beyond” sounds like a lost DIO track.
The closing song “Inferno” is an instrumental that sounds like the bastard child of a Rainbow tune. This would be a killer intro for a live performance from Feinstein.
This CD flew under the radar for me, and I am embarrassed that I haven’t listened to this disc before now. I am glad I picked up Third Wish, and wouldn’t hesitate to buy this CD again. If you are a fan of classic metal, you need to find this disc now.
For more information on David “Rock” Feinstein, check out David’s myspace page.
- Screaming Star
- Third Wish
- Rule The World
- Far Beyond
- Poison Ivy
- Live To Ride, Ride To Live
David “Rock” Feinstein – Guitars
John West – Vocals
Jeff Howell – Bass Guitar
Nate Horton – Drums
Bob Twining – Keyboards