When you are raised as the protégé to Dennis DeYoung, you know that you are destined to create something great within the AOR/melodic/hard rock worlds. This was the cross which was placed upon the shoulders of August Zadra who has released his debut album ‘Guiding Star’.
Some people crumble under this sort of expectation, but not Zadra. Zadra shines bright like a beacon and ‘Guiding Star’ is a great record of melodic hard rock that has been remarkably produced. This production was done by none other than the Frontiers Records in-house guy Alessandro Del Vecchio whose sheen is utterly exquisite, so much so that you could bounce a pin off it. Tracks such as ‘Escape the Rain’, ‘Won’t Let Your Love Take Me Down’ and ‘Ship of Fools’ show a band with a real penchant for a future within the genre with hook-laden songs and chorus’ that the listener can belt out having all the hallmarks of Journey, Survivor and Bon Jovi. Furthermore, ‘Guiding Star’ is enhanced by guest slots from the likes of Dennis DeYoung and Jeff Scott Soto who lend their expertise to what is already a decent album.
If you’re not a fan of melodic hard rock, then ‘Guiding Star’ will do absolutely nothing for you. But fans of the genre will find a newcomer to the scene who isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with the giants.
"a great album of melodic hard rock that can go toe-to-toe with the giants of the scene"
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