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Sweet & Lynch
Only To Rise
January 2015
Released: 2015, Frontiers Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

This one came as a bit of surprise to me. When I first heard of it I immediately thought of Dokken with a bit of Stryper as most of us would. The debut track took those thoughts away instantly but I still had hopes that the album would hold up and take me back to the glory days of Metal which would be the mid to late 80’s. In a way it did but not to the extent I was hoping for.



The first song I heard was “September” which did very little for me. The best way I could describe it was Stryper-lite, and I was never a real Stryper fan. No denying the musicianship of the group I just couldn’t get into the music and the message was not for me. Now some 20+ years later Michael Sweet still sounds the same as he did back then and maybe even a little bit better. The second track I heard was “The Wish” which was much closer to what I was hoping for. It mostly resembles early Stryper, especially “Soldiers Under Command” making for more of a Michael Sweet project rather than a George Lynch one. Both are very talented musicians and when you add in James Lomenzo on bass and Brian Tichy on drums you have pretty much a supergroup of talent.



The unfortunate thing with this project is that George’s playing is second base to Michael’s vocals. After many, many plays this album still comes off more as a Michael Sweet solo disc rather than a new project. Yes, Lynch sounds great and plays flawlessly it just lacks that edge that he once had. It’s too safe of an album for him.
Track Listing

The Wish
Like A Dying Rose
Love Stays
Time Will Tell
Rescue Me
Me Without You
Recover; Divine
September
Strength In Numbers
Hero-Zero
Only To Rise

Lineup

Michael Sweet – lead vocals, guitars
George Lynch – lead guitars
James Lomenzo – bass guitar
Brian Tichy - drums

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