Brazen Abbot - My Resurrection
Frontiers Records
Melodic Hard Rock
12 songs (62'31)
Release year: 2005
Brazen Abbot, Frontiers Records
Reviewed by Marty
My Resurrection is the latest offering by Brazen Abbot, the brainchild of guitarist Nikolo Kotzev. A few years back, he released the epic concept album Nostradamus that was met with wide acclaim. With that project as well as with the Brazen Abbot albums, he prefers to enlist the services of guest vocalists rather than having one permanent vocalist for the band. For this new album, he uses Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Hughes-Turner) who has worked with him before on other albums as well as Goran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Tony Harnell (TNT, Starbreaker) and Erik Martensson of Eclipse. Unlike previous albums where string sounds were sampled or created with keyboards, a full string orchestra was used for parts of this album.

Joe Lynn Turner kicks off the album with the title track My Resurrecion and it's a great energetic Rainbow styled track that has a solid guitar and keyboard blend and melodic and catchy vocals. His other vocal contributions include Dreams which is a great lighter sounding AOR styled track that has power ballad qualities and some nice melodic lead guitar. With More Than Money, Joe belts out his vocals for this riff-based track that is a great rocker that sounds like a cross between AC/DC and Deep Purple. Rage of Angels sees Joe once again proving that he has one of the best voices for melodic hard rock. With a Deep Purple style of single note riffs and blended thick keyboard sounds, the added orchestral touch adds a nice atmosphere to a very strong track. Goran Edman lets rip on the track Bad Madman. A slow, bluesy, plodding and orchestrated song, the vocal melodies are strong, the chorus great and there's also some atmospheric interludes. Flyin' Blind sees Goran providing the vocals for this mid tempo track with rich and very catchy vocal melodies. Beggar's Lane is a spirited and soaring track that uses the orchestration very effectively to provide a very energetic listening experience and Goran's vocals finish the album with the track Shades Of Grey. With a slower bluesy feel, it begins as a quiet ballad with just voice, piano and drums before slowly building in intensity and emotion through to the song's end. Tony Harnell makes his first appearance on this album with Godforsaken, a charging and energetic Deep Purple style track, it has some great syncopation with the guitar, bass and keyboard scale runs as well as some lead guitar and piano mix that works very well in boosting the energy of this one. Another Day Gone is a plodding and heavier track that uses repetitive riffing patterns to compliment Tony's vocals and Nikolo lets loose with some great ripping lead guitar. Lost sees Tony providing the vocals for this mid tempo, orchestrated track with solid and catchy melodic vocals. Aside from being one of the weaker tracks on the album, The Shadows features Eric Martensson on lead vocals and is a quieter and laid back song with just piano and orchestration and a drum machine. His passionate vocal delivery is the real highlight of this song.

Track for track, this is one of the best melodic hard rock albums I've heard this year. Lots of melody and energy are found throughout and if you're a fan of the classic melodic hard rock of the 70's and 80's and especially if you're a Rainbow or Dokken fan, there's a whole feast just waiting for you with this album. All of the vocalists do an excellent job and the quality in the song writing is top notch. This is my first experience with Brazen Abbot and Nikolo Kotzev's music but I am very, very impressed. This CD has been in constant rotation in my car CD player for several weeks now with no signs of slowing down. Highly recommended..........

Killing Songs :
My Resurrection, Bad Madman, Godforsaken, Another Day Gone, More Than Money and Beggar's Lane
Marty quoted 85 / 100
Other albums by Brazen Abbot that we have reviewed:
Brazen Abbot - Guilty As Sin reviewed by Danny and quoted 85 / 100
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