October 7, 2022

Gathering Of Kings – Enigmatic Review

Posted By: RN Records

Release date: July 29, 2022

Genre: Melodic Rock

Connections: https://www.facebook.com/gatheringofkingssweden

Line up:

Jonny Lindkvist
Rick Altzi
Apollo Papathanasio
Tobias Janson
Alexander Frisburg
victor olsson
Sweet Magnus
Joel Selsfors
Mikael Planefeldt
Jonas Kallsback
Efraim Larsson

Special guests:
Nanne Grönvall – Voice on Feed You My Love
Maria Rådsten – Voice on Feed You My Love
Peter Grönvall – Keyboards on Feed You My Love

List of tracks:

01. Galactic
02. Wandering Ascension
03. Here come the dragons
04. Firefly
05. How the Mighty Fell
06. A Rainbow and a Star
07. The Prophecy
08. Feed You My Love (feat. Again)
09. Clone Trooper
10. Long kiss goodnight
11. New Life
12. Lionheart
13. Fool’s Cabaret (CD bonus track)

This is another cool band that brings together talented musicians from the AOR/Melodic Hard Rock scene. The idea was pioneered by Ron and Nina Dahlgren. You might also know Victor Olsson (Saffire) because he’s taken over the songwriting lead on this project now and he’s doing a terrific job. It’s always interesting to see how many of these so-called super bands or multi-instrumental projects come together and if they manage to stick around. Is it safe to say this one for sure does and will.

We enter the record when the space synths take over on the opening intro track Galacticus, sometimes reminding me a bit of ELO. The AOR keys stand out in the center of the curious title track “Vagabond Rise”. Vocalist Jonny Lindkvist is pretty good here and in addition to the roster of personalities from the melodic world you have backing vocals from Rick Altzi and Victor Olsson among others. Not very familiar with the singer: Alexander Frisborg, but he has a great track “Here Be Dragons”, a nice punchy melodic Hard Rocker that stands out from the first rounds. Altzi takes over on vocals on “How The Mighty Have Fallen”, which instantly picks up the tempo and gives the song a harder edge. The musicianship here is phenomenal and the guitar tracks are provided by Olsson.

Saffire’s own vocalist, Tobias Jansson, guest stars on “The Prophecy,” and with lead guitars provided by bandmate Victor Olsson once again, you’ve got super snappy cut here, aggressive grooves, and infuriating guitar solos. which foot the song on the disc. Another highlight comes from “Let Me Feed You My Love” which features Peter Grönvall, the son of ABBA’s Benny Andersson, on keyboards. What a high-flying tune we have here, a high-flying tune with shattering choruses. With a very inspired beat, “New Life” again features Jansson on vocals, and the infectious melody is reminiscent of Kansas or the Styx in all its glory.

Good to note that after the debut of Gathering of Kings, Ron & Nina structured the group with permanent members. After further consideration, I’m greenlighting this project and now with a 3rd disc under this name, I think it’s safe to say there will be more music to come. It’s a good idea to give the melodic rock/hard rock genre a sort of supergroup of guest musicians. Similar to the Tom Galley project from Phenomena. I think the music here is a bit harder in places and because of the musicians involved, you don’t just get a genre-appropriate album. Another highlight in this category and one that will end up in some of the top lists.

Written by: shadow editor

Rating 8/10

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