Released: 2004, SPV / Magic Circle
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
David “Rock” Feinstein is a veteran of the heavy metal wars, being the original guitarist in Elf with Ronnie James Dio and vocalist/guitarist of 80s metal legends, The Rods. His first offering under the Feinstein moniker is THIRD WISH, a slab of classic power metal executive produced under the guidance of Manowar bassist, Joey DeMaio. The music has a very 80s European influence, with loads of riffs and solos. Vocalist John West (formerly of Artension and Royal Hunt) does an admirable job of hitting all the highs and keeping up with Feinstein’s searing licks. Jeff Howell and Nate Horton hold up a solid rhythm section giving the music a tight backbone.
“Regeneration” and “Rebelution” are a great one-two-punch opener as the heavy rock guitars and pounding drums get under your skin right away. “Streaming Star” features that trademark gallop of European power metal a la Helloween and Feinstein pulls of a stunning solo. The nine-minute “Third Wish” is a bluesy track that reminiscent of 70s era Whitesnake or Rainbow with West’s vocal range on full display. The opening riff of “Masquerade” is eerily close to Iron Maiden’s “2 Minutes To Midnight” as West hits amazing vocal highs. “Poison Ivy” features an opening riff that sounds a lot like a heavy version of Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way.” Very bluesy and a great bass line from Howell. The CD closes with “Inferno,” an instrumental track complete with Deep Purple-like keyboards, tons of drum fills, a fat bass solo and naturally some blazing fretwork from Feinstein himself.
THIRD WISH is a pleasant surprise. While not a young man by any means, Feinstein still has a lot to offer and can certainly show some of the young ‘uns how to wail away on the six-string. Sadly, this type of metal doesn’t have a big following in North America anymore, but the Europeans will eat this right up. If big guitars, big melodies and big production get you all warm and fuzzy, THIRD WISH will be right up your alley.
KILLER KUTS: “Regeneration,” “Rebelution,” “Third Wish,” “Poison Ivy”