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Feinstein
Third Wish
June 2004
Released: 2004, SPV / Magic Circle
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

David “Rock” Feinstein is a veteran of the heavy metal wars, being the original guitarist in Elf with Ronnie James Dio and vocalist/guitarist of 80s metal legends, The Rods. His first offering under the Feinstein moniker is THIRD WISH, a slab of classic power metal executive produced under the guidance of Manowar bassist, Joey DeMaio. The music has a very 80s European influence, with loads of riffs and solos. Vocalist John West (formerly of Artension and Royal Hunt) does an admirable job of hitting all the highs and keeping up with Feinstein’s searing licks. Jeff Howell and Nate Horton hold up a solid rhythm section giving the music a tight backbone.



“Regeneration” and “Rebelution” are a great one-two-punch opener as the heavy rock guitars and pounding drums get under your skin right away. “Streaming Star” features that trademark gallop of European power metal a la Helloween and Feinstein pulls of a stunning solo. The nine-minute “Third Wish” is a bluesy track that reminiscent of 70s era Whitesnake or Rainbow with West’s vocal range on full display. The opening riff of “Masquerade” is eerily close to Iron Maiden’s “2 Minutes To Midnight” as West hits amazing vocal highs. “Poison Ivy” features an opening riff that sounds a lot like a heavy version of Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way.” Very bluesy and a great bass line from Howell. The CD closes with “Inferno,” an instrumental track complete with Deep Purple-like keyboards, tons of drum fills, a fat bass solo and naturally some blazing fretwork from Feinstein himself.



THIRD WISH is a pleasant surprise. While not a young man by any means, Feinstein still has a lot to offer and can certainly show some of the young ‘uns how to wail away on the six-string. Sadly, this type of metal doesn’t have a big following in North America anymore, but the Europeans will eat this right up. If big guitars, big melodies and big production get you all warm and fuzzy, THIRD WISH will be right up your alley.



KILLER KUTS: “Regeneration,” “Rebelution,” “Third Wish,” “Poison Ivy”
Track Listing

1. Regeneration
2. Rebelution
3. Streaming Star
4. Third Wish
5. Rule The World
6. Masquerade
7. Far Beyond
8. Poison Ivy
9. Live To Ride, Ride To Live
10. Firefighter
11. Inferno (Instrumental)

Lineup

John West—Vocals
David “Rock” Feinstein—Guitars
Bob Twining—Keyboards
Jeff Howell—Bass
Nate Horton—Drums

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Feinstein
Third Wish
August 2004
Released: 2004, Magic Circle Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

This gets better each time I listen to it. An early signing on Manowar’s own label Magic circle music it seems every Joey DeMaio touches turns to gold. He has a great ear because this discs sounds awesome. David Feinstein always did the production and the two veterans combined forces to make a killer sounding disc.



It looks sharp too with another fine cover by Eric Phillipe that matches the cover concept well. This is one thing I don’t get. The label is pushing this as the triumphant return and debut of Feinstein. The title is THIRD WISH presumably referring to Elf, The Rods and his solo career. This isn’t actually his debut solo album at all. He had another solo CD (ONE NIGHT IN THE JUNGLE) from 2000 which did nothing…so don’t believe the hype…this is actually his fourth kick at the cat and he is perhaps lucky to be in the position he is in today. Many artists don’t get a second chance these days.



Somehow David Feinstein soldiers on and has released a very solid slab of metal. Having uber-talented and under-rated vocalist John West doesn’t hurt your cause either. At times John makes this album from the powerful screams on ‘Rebelution’ to the soulful melodic ballad components on ‘Third Wish’, he is a vocal titan. The rest of the band are not familiar too me but certainly no slouches, keeping the groove locked down and in the pocket. Solos? Well, Feinstein is no Yngwie but he is competent. It is not really a shredders album and the song is often the focus so solos seem to take a back seat.

The keys add touches of atmosphere more as a backdrop than anything.



Great songs with killer production, love the guitar tone, everything loud and thick and full the way a metal album should sound. It takes talented people to bring out this kind of sound. Lyrically, it’s rock and roll; meaning it’s not going to win any prizes for originality or thought-provoking prose but still it’s a fun head-banging listen and easy on the ears. The good catchy choruses help the cause making this a memorable and catchy disc.

A highlight for me would be the title track, ‘Third Wish’ an epic song with many moods and changes but strangely enough not fast at all. It is not a ballad but more along the lines of songs like ‘Alexander The Great’. What can I say? If you like Iron Maiden I can virtually guarantee you will like this CD.
Track Listing

1. Regeneration
2. Rebelution
3. Streaming Star
4. Third Wish
5. Rule The World
6. Masquerade
7. Far Beyond
8. Poison Ivy
9. Live to Ride, Ride To Live
10. Firefighter
11. Inferno

Lineup

John West-vocals
David Feinstein-guitars
Jeff Howell-bass
Bob Twinning-keys
Nate Horton-drums

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