PRIDE OF LIONS – Fearless
Five years removed from the last Pride of Lions studio album "Immortal", we have "Fearless" – and for those who love melodic rock/AOR in the Survivor vein with a more theatrical vocal presentation, that’s what you’ll get through these 12 songs. Keyboardist/guitarist Jim Peterik and singer Toby Hitchcock are a duo that elevate hooks and songwriting to another dimension.
The material varies from lighter, commercial affairs like "Silent Music" (Toto and Journey would be proud of this one) and the ballad "Everlasting Love" to up-tempo, energetic numbers sure to galvanize the faithful as "All Is See Is You" and "In Caricature" should do. Love the 50’s rhythmic shuffle for "Rising Up" which coupled with a heavier guitar tone and bright keyboard flourishes could make this one of the highlights, something that could easily hit a big budget, action-packed movie soundtrack a la the "Eye of the Tiger" days.
At this point, "Fearless" is competent but doesn’t exactly break any new ground for Pride of Lions – which can be a good or bad thing depending on your stance with the band.