World On Fire
2. Back To You
3. World on Fire
4. Coming Home
5. Hold On
6. If It's Over
7. Sweet Adeline
8. Strangers in the Night
9. Cruise Control
10. Shot Down
11. Rough Boy
13. One More Time
14. Wing and a Prayer
15. Lady Midnight
16. Got to Know
17. Forgotten Heroes
FEMS/Far East Metal Syndicate 1995
|More Releases by Tour De Force:
Tour De Force (1992)
|Related Releases (in sound)
Silent Rage - Don't Touch Me There (1988)
Prophet - Circle of the Moon (1986)
Shy - Excess All Areas (1986)
After listening to six months
of almost straight AOR, you begin to get jaded after awhile. How many more twists can be
put on an old thing but still be 'now'? Not to mention sifting through all the dusty
material that had been left by the wayside in the turbulent 80s and in the early 90s
'playing in tune' musical wasteland. It becomes apparent that the grip on reality is
becoming lost when it all starts to blend into one montonous memory of same ol' rinse
repeat. Catchy chorus, token guitar solo, back on track, get it together, lay on those
synthesizer tricks and beat that chorus to death all under four minutes. Radio hit right?
For the most part 'no'. You see, there's often a reason why some bands don't make it big.
They just don't have the look - that all important image that makes consumers *want* to
listen. That little gimmick that attracts attention to be poured into the videos. An
individual sound that people can pick up on and recognize.
17 tracks of top tier AOR as
classy as you'll likely ever hear. Packed with sizzling material such as the smooth
Shy-like structures as the booming "Hold On" and the giant rock ballad
"Coming Home" which some have gone so far as to give it props as being one of
the best ballads of all time (now that's high praise!). "Stranger in the Night"
is hard and thumping rock'n'roll, with a brazen metal base, no frills or holds barred.
"Cruise Control" with its 'kick back and relax' chorus is wild and rather free,
running with carefully constructed presence and pumped up excitement all smacked into high
gear by the urgent rhythm guitar and Chali's burning vocals. Its one of the perfect
drivin' on the highway songs. "Walk Away" is mid tempo AOR, slick as glass with
a chorus just as sharp as the jagged edge. Hold your hats for "World On Fire" a
smoldering rock anthem sporting some razor electric work and keyboard fills every where
you glance, supporting the pompous over the top chorus with its undeniable infectiousness.
After seventeen tracks of wonderful music that was deemed not good enough to be committed to an official release, it leaves one wondering who's decision it was to axe this stuff and release what became Tour De Force's self titled album instead of some of these tracks from the all-around stellar "World On Fire". Fortunately it wasn't the last we heard from the band, as another compilation of unreleased cuts was put out by Kivel a few years back with the imaginative name... "Unreleased". It was a bit on the heavier side, but also a must-have for fans of the genre. "World On Fire" is still tops however, but a bit of a hard to come by rarity now, as its highly sought after and there are not that many copies floating around. If you can run it down though, there's alot of promise that it will become one of the gems of your AOR collection.
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