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Morning Sky
Change The World
June 2002
Released: 2002, Independent
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

As I’ve said before, demo’s are often hard to do because you have less to work with. This demo came with no packaging, so in this case, I be speaking pretty much only about the music!

Morning Sky play a classy brand of melodic hard rock. Smooth, mostly mid-tempo and not too many over the top individual musical performances. The whole thing is very…nice and maybe a little too safe. This is very decent , hot lazy Saturday night cruisin’ music or maybe even sleepy, Sunday afternoon in the hammock music. Influences might be Badlands and maybe Every Mother’s Nightmare, bands with a smoky, bluesy sound.

The production is quite good for an independent. This is four tracks long and opens with a tune called “Tokyo Dream”. The whole “Tokyo” thing is such a massive cliché in hard rock I don’t know whether to applaud them on staying faithful to a formula where many, many bands write an “exotic” tune about the mystery of Tokyo City or…to slag it for been unoriginal. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Lyrically, the whole CD gives me the same feeling, I’ve heard it all before. However a new band may want to stray to far from convention when trying to establish an identity. The songs are great but the lyrics are kind of uninspired. Open your Heart, Change The World, very common ideas and themes.

The singer has a touch of Don Dokken and even Axel Rose in his voice and style which is always good. The guitarist is fond of those great little squealing harmonic type things a’la Zakk Wilde. The CD finishes with a hidden track, an acoustic, cover version of Bon Jovi’s, Wanted: Dead or alive, which is just fantastic. It is atmospheric and much more heart-rending than the big over-produced electric original. This song due to the lyrical content was meant to be acoustic and Morning Sky do it better than the original.

This is one band to watch, with a few breaks, they might just have what it takes to make it in a tough, small and crowded genre.
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