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February 2007
Released: 2006, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Ambition is another project setup by Frontier Records’ Serafino Peruggino. He contacted Joey Vana (Mecca) to persuade Thom Griffin to appear on Ambition’s debut album. To complete the project, Peruggino hired Fabrizio V. Zee Grossi (Starbreaker, Glenn Hughes, Vertigo etc) to both play on as well as produce the album. Lead vocals are also sung by the ex-Toto singer Jean Michel Byron on “Hunger”, “Hypocrites”, and “Too Much”.

The music this label mainly releases is melodic rock/hardrock, which Ambition also fall under. They also have a similar sound to Toto. While the musicians and singers are great, the material is not. Many of the songs are too pale and the entire album feels formulaic. Another positive aspect is the production, which is brilliantly done by Grossi. He has set the focus on the lead vocals and guitar to make the music a little more edgy, but I still wish for harder and heavier guitar parts.

Even though the project has its moments, it lacks energy, sparks, and vitality - something that’s really important in an album; therefore the rating can’t be any higher than the one given.

Killer tracks include “Hold On”, “Hypocrits”, “Shaping Fate And Destiny”, “Make It Alright”, and “Together”.
Track Listing

Hold On
Alone I Cry
Shaping Fate And Destiny
All I Need
Make It Alright
No Wasted Moments
Too Much
The Promise
Waiting In My Dreams (bonus track Europe)


Thom Griffin, Jean Michel Byron, Joe Vana – lead vocals
Tommy Denander – guitar
Fabrizio V.Zee Grossi – bass, keyboards
Masayoshi Yamasaha, Joachim Cannaiuolo – drums



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