Released: 2011, Lion
This review is more of a quick public service announcement than a full detailed analysis. EMBRACE THE SUN is whopping 28 track, two-disc set of tracks from the Lion Music roster.
After the triple disaster in Japan earlier this year (Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear Meltdown) the artists of Lion Music pulled together to create this unique Benefit album. 28 artists with many, many cross-over guest spots, contributed mostly new and unreleased material for the relief effort.
It would be tough to go through all 28 tracks one by one but there is a nice mix of guitar hero solo stuff, some nice Power Metal stuff like Winterlong and Iron Mask, some old veterans Overdrive, and Lars Eric Mattsson and a collaborative effort of musicians called The Lions. The Lions cut sort of mirrors the Hear ’N Aid project headed by Dio back in 1985. Basically The Lions are about half a dozen Lion Music Roster dudes who put together a very guitar solo intensive cut called ‘Embrace The Sun’.
Naturally the proceeds are going to the Japanese arm of the Red Cross and we, the fans get a great and once-in-a life-time compilation of some of the best guitarists in the world. Everybody wins.
01. Mattsson – Mother
02. Milan Polak – End Of Time
03. Anthriel – Circle Of Life
04. Airless – Second Chance
05. Dreyelands – Life Is Worth The Pain
06. Ashent - Disappearance
07. Mastercastle - Sakura
08. Locomotive Breath - Rise Up (Perspective of The Common Man)
09. Grönholm - Believe
10. Marco Sfogli - Stand Alone
11. Mindsplit - Guardian Angel
12. Missing Tide - Falling
13. Infinity Overture - Do You Care?
14. Jennifer Batten - Sakura Season
01. Overdrive - New Beginning (Arata Na Staato)
02. Emir Hot - Fear of the Storm
03. Venturia - On the Brink
04. Mistheria - Kibou
05. Section A - Survive
06. Status Minor - Drama
07. Mastermind - Time Stands Still
08. Tomorrow's Eve - Black Barren Lands
09. Iron Mask - Sons of the Sun
10. Astra - Voice from Within
11. Benny Jansson- Savior
12. Early Cross - Cairn
13. Winterlong - Failed Connection
14. The Lions - Embrace the Sun