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KHYMERA: The Grand Design

Release: 2015-12-04
Style: AOR / hard rock
Website: -
Country: Germany
Playing Time: 52’29”
Cat. N°: FR CD 714
Review by: Guy
Translated by: Guy
Rating: 9/10


Seven years after ‘The Greatest Wonder’, Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69/Unisonic) returns with a new quite keyboard/piano driven album. Keyboard player Eric worked with countless bands and is currently touring with The Babys.

The opener is catchy, up tempo, melodic AOR with majestic keys, delicious guitar and backing vocals in a polished production. ‘Tell Me’ is as catchy but a bit sturdier a.o. in the great break. A power ballad follows, while ‘I Believe’ is sturdier again. Journey-like ‘Night To Remember’ is very catchy, up tempo with great keyboard and ditto guitar. After ‘The Love’, with brilliant solo, it is clear that we have excellent musicians in strong, melodic songs, well produced by Dennis, who also wrote them and performs the vocal duties. In the ballad ‘golden Dreams’ he shows his voice can sound sensitive as well. And so they continue effortlessly past a.o. the strong ‘Finally’ to the fragile closing ballad.

In short, in every aspect, this is a great AOR album!


Zeven jaar na ‘The Greatest Wonder’ komt Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69/Unisonic) met een nieuw album dat door erg keyboard/piano gericht is. Toetsenist Eric werkte met talloze bands en is momenteel op tournee met The Babys.

De opener is catchy, uptempo, melodieuze AOR met keyboardtapijt, heerlijk gitaarwerk en backing vocalen in een gepolijste productie. ‘Tell Me’ is even catchy maar iets steviger, o.a. in de prima break. Dan komt een powerballad, terwijl ‘I Believe’ weer steviger is. ‘Night To Remember’, dat aan Journey doet denken, is enorm catchy, uptempo met prachtige keyboards en dito gitaar. Na ‘The love’, met schitterend soleerwerk, is het wel duidelijk dat hier prima muzikanten bezig zijn in sterke, melodieuze nummers die prima geproduceerd zijn door Dennis die ook het schrijven en zingen voor zijn rekening neemt. In de ballad ‘Golden Dreams’ bewijst hij ook gevoelig uit de hoek te kunnen komen. Zo gaan ze moeiteloos door langs o.a. het sterk‘ Finally’ tot de fragiele afsluitende ballad.

Kortom, een tot in de puntjes verzorgd AOR album!


Never Give Up On You (3’59”)
Tell Me Something (4’42”)
Say What You Want (3’51”)
I Believe (4’35”)
A Night To Remember (4’29”)
She’s Got The Love (4’13”)
Land Of Golden Dreams (4’43”)
The Grand Design (4’04”)
Streetlights (4’34”)
Who’s Fooling Who (4’38”)
Finally (4’24”)
Where Is The Love (4’17”)


Dennis Ward – lead vocals, bass
Michael Klein – guitars
Eric Ragno - keyboards
Jim Rybkost – piano, additional keyboards
Felix Bohnke – drums (Edguy)

Geplaatst door Vera op zaterdag 27 februari 2016 - 09:47:29
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