EDGE OF TOMORROW is the fourth album by AOR/hard rock “super group” Sunstorm. One of extraordinary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner’s project groups, Sunstorm started over a decade ago with Turner and the majority of Pink Cream 69, along with song writers Jim Peterik (Survivor) and Dann Huff. The group released three well-regarded albums before Turner took a break to record with Carmine Appice and others. For whatever reason, when Turner decided to regroup Sunstorm, keeping the melodic style of the previous albums but with a vision of adding a harder edge, he did not bring back his PC69 friends but rather turned to the skills of Frontiers Records man-about-town, Alessandro Del Vecchio.
The results, as evidenced on EDGE OF TOMORROW are, in my opinion, the strongest, most aggressive album ever done by the band. Don’t let that mislead you, this album is still jammed full of Turner’s powerful vocals, melodies, hooks, and catchy riffs, but there is definitely song extra fire in this Sunstorm. As well, the lyrics, while still dwelling on relationships, love, women, etc., seem to have a more forceful tone to them.
The band wastes no time in introducing their updated style with album highlight, “Don’t Walk Away from a Goodbye”, a great up-tempo rocker that’s followed stylistically on the album by “Heart of the Storm”, and especially “You Hold Me Down”. Of course the rest of the record is filled by the band’s trademark melodic rock and ballads, but Sunstorm 2016 is definitely a tougher beast than it used to be.
As my colleague JP wrote in his 2012 review of the band’s EMOTIONAL FIRE, Sunstorm is “world-class”. That still hold true in 2016 and all fans of melodic hard rock should not miss out on EDGE OF TOMORROW.
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