Released: 2006, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This is a project born when Frontiers Records president Serafino Perugion and the label’s manager Mario De Riso used to exchange tapes of music. One day, Mario gave Serafino a tape with the “unreleased JLT” second album demos, featuring some glorious songs that followed musical path established by JLT on his debut solo album RESCUE YOU.
A few years went by, and when JLT finally ended up on Frontiers Records Serafino asked him about these demo songs. According to JLT, he was writing for a more commercial market at that time and was concentrating his abilities especially on songwriting. Serafino put JLT together with another label mate, Jim Peterik, who JLT knew pretty well, and his task was to write songs for JLT and from that we now have the Sunstorm project.
Frontiers Records once again hired Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) to produce and play on the project. I don’t think it’s a surprise when I say thay Sandstorm plays edgy melodic hard rock when this label’s trademark is melodic hard rock. All of the musicians are great, but it’s especially worth mentioning Uwe Reitenauer on guitar. His heavy guitar playing works great with JLT’s amazing voice.
Almost all the material is of high quality. The only thing that isn’t that good is the amount of ballads with the constant love theme. JLT’s voice works best when he sings “Keep Tonight”, “Fame And Fortune”, “This Is My Heart”, “Fistful of Heat”, and “Love’s Gone Wrong”, all of which are guitar-based melodic hard rock were JLT really knows how to use his voice in the best of ways.
The first part of the album sounds the best; once the more ordinary ballads come it really drags everything down. This is a perfect album for every fan of JLT or Pink Cream 69. JLT says that he’s open for a Sunstorm pt. 2, so let’s see what happens in the future… maybe a number 2 will soon come?