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I have to admit that I am not very familiar with the music of New York rock band Voice of Extreme. They just released their second album Break the Silence in August, and judging from the kick ass tunes on their latest effort, I will soon be in search of the band’s debut Hypocrite.
This Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) managed band features industry veterans Don Chaffin & John Macaluso (ARK, TNT, Yngwie Malmsteen).
On the opening cut “Damned”, singer Don Chaffin offers up some powerful vocals that bring Robert Plant to my mind. The song has a Sabbath meets Soundgarden kind of vibe to it. The mixture of cool vocals, and kick ass guitar work makes “Damned” one of the many strong points on Break the Silence.
“Tell Me What It Takes” is the closest thing you will find to a power ballad in 2010. This song is pure melodic rock perfection at it’s best.
The great thing about Voices of Extreme is they aren’t afraid to mix it up. They bust out a heavy rocker with “Apocalypse”, and then roll right into the piano filled title track “Break the Silence”. “Apocalypse” is a song that I keep finding myself going back to over and over again. It is a heavy, almost grungy rocker with a very cool, almost danceable rhythm. I absolutely love this tune! “Break the Silence” teases you into thinking the band is going to break out another ballad, but instead it becomes a crafty mid-tempo number. John Macaluso’s drums truly stand out, and get your speakers thumping on this tune.
I have to admit that the song “Numb” didn’t do much for me.Rob Katrikh’s guitars are pretty good, but overall this song is a little too noisy for me. “Did It Again” is a move in the right direction. This song reminds me a of the recent George Lynch band, Souls of We. The major difference in the sound between V.O.X and Souls of We on this tune, are the vocals of Don Chaffin. Chaffin’s vocals are far superior to London LeGrand’s in my opinion.
“Hollow” is another song that for whatever reason, I just couldn’t get into. I guess I prefer the more melodic side of Voices of Extreme. Luckily, they follow this lackluster number with the awesome melodic rocker “Made of Stone”. Chaffin’s vocals are absolutely perfect on this song. AOR and Melodic rock fans ought to eat this up.
“Blown Away” is another metal-fueled, grungy rocker that is going to turn some heads, and some stereo knobs up. I love hearing Chaffin push his voice to the max on this tune.
The CD closes out with a cool rockin’ number “Sorry”. There are some really cool guitar tones in this song that I just can’t get enough of.
Overall, Break the Silence is a pretty cool release, and one that hard rock and melodic fans need to look into. Don’t miss this!
For more information on Voices of Extreme, please visit the V.O.X. website.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Tell Me What It Takes
4. Break the Silence
6. Did It Again
8. Made of Stone
9. Blown Away
Voices of Extreme are:
Don Chaffin-Lead Vocals
Bob Brennan-Bass Guitar
Rob Katrikh – Guitar
Mike Khalilov – Keys
The sixth Drummer Live, launches in London on the 13th and 14th June and the UK’s biggest and coolest drumming show brings you more buzz, more excitement and more things to do than you can shake a stick at. Check out the most amazing line-up of world class musicians assembled at a music show, plus there’s a whole host of other activities and the best gear show you’ll ever see.
Drummer Live features the world’s best drummers and this years star studded line-up includes the finest talent, greatest drumming heroes and most respected names in the business to inspire, inform and entertain.
Confirmed artists included critically acclaimed Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard/ Tears for Fears), top drumming and Percussion duo, Derrick McKenzie and Sola Akingbola (Jamiroquai ) who will be playing both their own material and Jamiroquai tracks as well as explaining how they work together . The organisers are proud to confirm Prince’s drummer, Cora Coleman (plus her bass player husband and fellow Prince band member) will play her first UK drum clinic at Drummer Live.
Headlining Saturday will be drumming supremo Steve Smith (Journey/ Vital Information) and compére for the whole event will be our very own Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden). Nicko will also be playing on Sunday in a special performance with leading multi-percussionist Pete Lockett (Bjork, Jeff Beck/ Robert Plant/Jarvis Cocker/Peter Gabriel etc) which will be a memorable and unique collaboration guaranteed to be something different. More world class drummers are to be announced very shortly, so check the show website http://www.londoninternationalmusicshow.com for latest news…. watch this space!
New to this years show, will be a chance to have a free drum lesson in association with the Institute for Contemporary Performance and the organisers will be announcing an action packed schedule of seminars, workshops, artist signing sessions, instrument demonstrations and celebrity appearances. There will be a new retail section offering the chance to buy the very latest gear, plus an exhibition of most famous drum manufacturers and accessory companies in the business.
Drummer Live is part of the UK’s Biggest Music exhibition, The London International Music show, which includes The London Guitar Show, Unplugged and Sound Recording and Technology Show. It takes place at http://www.excel-london.co.uk/, now firmly established as one of the UK’s premier (and largest) exhibition venues. Located in the heart of London’s Docklands, ExCeL is set within a stunning waterfront environment in the dynamic and thriving Docklands and just across the water from The O2 arena. There’s easy access to ExCeL via the Docklands Light Railway/ Jubilee Line and easy road access from the M25, M11, A406, A13 plus there’s plenty on site parking. For international visitors ExCel is situated next to http://www.londoncityairport.com/ and is five minutes taxi journey away.
For further information and tickets for Drummer Live, the London International Music show and for all the latest news and show updates see: http://www.londoninternationalmusicshow.com