Released: 2007, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This is Pink Cream 69’s tenth album over a period of 20 years. Their last album came out in 2004 and in between the members have been busy producing and doing guest appearances on others bands’ albums. PC 69 still play the same old patented melodic metal, but they have gone through a small musical change; the keyboards are taken away and replaced with heavier guitar playing compared to before. The tempo as well as the number of members has increased. PC 69 is now a quintet instead of a quartet; the guitarist Uwe Reitenauer has become a steady member so the band now has two guitarists. Something the drummer Kosta Zafiriou says about this is “we have the opportunity to now realize many ideas on guitar where we previously used keyboards. The new record is much more guitar driven then our last productions”, and yes, that’s true.
But even if the music is more guitar-based, they still feature a few ballads, but what’s a PC 69 album without ballads? IN10SITY has a lot in common with any Talisman album in the way that the music sometimes feels a little soulful/funky, but lead singer Readman doesn’t have the same vocal resources as Talisman singer Soto.
There’s a bonus track amongst the 13 original songs called “My Darkest Hour” which will be featured on the first edition of the album. When it comes to the material and songs, it’s a hell of a lot easier to pick out the slightly worst songs than the favorite ones because the entire album is full of extremely strong songs. The songs that don’t really make it are “The Hour of Freedom”, which is an up-tempo ballad where nothing much happens at all despite brilliant vocals by Redman. Other ballads that don’t make the cut are “Desert Land” and “Last Train to Nowhere” which surely have hit potential but are far too boring for my tastes. The band’s bass player Dennis Ward has once again produced the album, and if his career should fail he could definitely make a living as a producer. He’s done magic with the material and it’s because of him that the album sounds so damn great.
PC 69 has once again delivered a really strong album with nothing more to wish for. I’m more than satisfied with the outcome of IN10SITY and have really nothing bad to say about it at all. If you’ve counted out PC 69 you’re have to think again because this is by far the strongest album by the band so far. Frontiers Records did the right thing when they signed the band to their label. This could be one of the label’s strongest cards ever. IN10SITY is a perfect title for this album because that’s just what you will experience when you push play.