SUNSTRIKE – Ready II Strike
Containing members of Astral Doors and Twilight Force among others, Sunstrike is a Swedish band living for that melodic/AOR styled hard rock that filled arenas globally during the 1980’s and early 90’s. All the key elements are in place throughout the 11 songs – bright harmonies on the vocal front, keyboards pumping out the hooks in unison with the guitar chords, and good times abound in the rhythm section, grooving along.
Everything from Nelson on "Head Over Heels" to Firehouse for "A Piece of the Action" came up, as well as little bit stronger of a power metal feel a la Firewind on "Angel in My Room". Christian Eriksson has that upper range tendency in his melody choices as a vocalist, passionate in a faster blitz-burner such as "Firework" while more Whitesnake-esque during the moodier track "Turned to Stone". Those who don’t believe that newer bands can churn our original melodic hard rock that stands up to the 80’s brigade need "Ready II Strike" in their lives – as Sunstrike are superb at their craft.