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Khymera

Khymera

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Category: AOR/Hard rock

Year: 2003

Label: Frontiers

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Average Rating: 76 / 100 (16 ratings)

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Personnel
Steve Walsh vocals
Daniele Liverani guitars, bass, keyboards
Dario Ciccioni drums
Joe Vana backing vocals
Thom Griffin backing vocals
Billy Greer backing vocals
Tracks
1.  Khymera Instrumental  
2.  Strike Like Lightning  
3.  Shadows  
4.  Who's Gonna Love You Tonight  
5.  Living With a Memory  
6.  Bless a Brand New Angel  
7.  Written in the Wind  
8.  Without Warning  
9.  How You Gonna Live Without Love  
10.  Say It With Love  
11.  Love Leads the Way  
12.  Tears on the Pages  

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From: T-Bone Date: April 14, 2003 at 9:56
I've heard some of the previews of this cd and so far, i'm very impressed. Any fans of Steelhouse Lane, Streets, Von Groove, Hardline, Fair Warning, or Journey should love this cd.

From: GlenRavine Date: April 28, 2003 at 16:27
Awesome - just awesome - Walsh sounds great - but the guitars on this CD will surprise alot people. This is a great rocker disc. One of the many highlights of 2003.

From: koko79 Date: May 19, 2003 at 20:38
liverani è il migliore chitarrista italiano è un grande e questo disco è bellissimo

From: koogles Date: May 24, 2003 at 14:54
Great CD, Walsh plays it straight and safe- less progressive than Kansas, not experimental like his last solo album "Glossolalia" or whatever it was called... just factory-line AOR with his signature vocals. Like Streets, but brought up to the 21st century.

From: Delbert Date: May 25, 2003 at 18:25
I had to invest in the Jap version with a bonus track after acquiring the Euro version. Very uptempo with some great sing-a-long choruses. That second track, "Strike Like Lightning" is an excellent example of what I'm talking about. Very refreshing to hear Steve Walsh rockin' again!

From: Dani Date: June 5, 2003 at 12:22
This CD is very good, but, have you heard the original version of "Love Leads The Way" by HARDLINE (1992)? Why do some groups make versions from songs that are perfect and unimprovable?

From: freddy de keyze Date: June 9, 2003 at 19:18
Every now and then you are disappointed by a record from which you expected a lot. This is such a record. And this time, I can't agree with Koogles at all ! First of all: this is NOT an AOR record, but a melodic hardrock album ! Secondly : the Streets stuff is head and shoulders above this average one !! Why ? Because the songs here are weak, no variation, all mid-tempo or ballads. And even the voice of Steve is not top. He's more shouting than singing !And practically no keys !No classic here !

From: robert Date: June 10, 2003 at 15:30
¿Algun castellano parlante me recomienda este disco? thanks!!!

From: Rycheage Date: June 12, 2003 at 0:06
The production is solid, and the mix is pristine. Overall, this is a good uptempo melodic rock/AOR album that on a couple of occasions sounds like it's trying to be heavier than it generally is. The guys do treat the songs faithfully, making this an essentially late 80's style record (the origins of the songs), but Liverani's musical approach updates the sound to a more 2003 friendly album.

From: Hrudet Date: July 6, 2003 at 21:28
The only real let-down of this album is the Randall track "Bless a Brand New Angel", which too me, should have been the highlight of the album. Instead, the vocals on that track crack and don't sound right for the song itself, especially when compared to the original version of the song by Venus & Mars. The rest of the album is good, true Steve's vocals have seen better days, but for the music, alone, this is an essential purchase for me.

From: chris Date: August 3, 2003 at 0:19
strike like lightning is horrible...listen to mr. big version from the NAVY Seals Soundtrack if you want to rock

From: SHOOTO Date: September 28, 2003 at 6:53
bueno el poder italiano esta aki un grandisimo disco para la epoca en la q estamos inmejorable, voces brillantes, poderosas. guitarras de ensueño q mas, muy buenas baladas si señor. hacia tiempo q no disfrutabamos asi, felicidades KHYMERA. no se mas q decir por q es la leche acojonante debut

From: zino il tino Date: March 17, 2004 at 7:15
I didn't think Steve Walsh could fall so deep. One of the worst cds ever. Poor music poor artwork. About the frontiers label, I don't really understand how they can survive with such kind of products. I think the guys should have better results selling spaghetti

From: AOR freaky Date: March 18, 2004 at 4:58
Not the best from Walsh, but still head and shoulders above many other releases. And, maybe a pity for you, Zero il Zero, with the great products Frontiers release they can easily survive. Look at the years lists : everywhere Frontiers albums on top of the charts ! No coincidence, but because they deliver mostly quality ! And I think you should selling spaghetti, my friend ! Who paid you to destroy Frontiers ? ? ? ? ? What's your hidden agenda ? ? ? Keep your negative comments for yourselves !

From: Paolo Date: June 5, 2004 at 10:20
Mi importa molto poco dell'AOR...io ascolto solo MUSICA che comunica EMOZIONI (principalmente metal, long live H/M!!!) e suonata con maestria...ho sentito alcune tracce di questo album e mi hanno convinto, il fatto che il chitarrista sia italiano aggiunge solo alla mia soddisfazione...

From: Paolo Date: June 5, 2004 at 10:22
I care very little for AOR, I mainly listen to MUSIC capable of conveying EMOTIONS (most of it Metal, Long live H/M!!!!) and it has been skilfully played too...heard some tracks from this one and they suited me, the guitarist being italian only adds to my satisfaction...

From: Paolo Date: June 5, 2004 at 10:22
'it has TO be skilfully played' (actually....damn typos!!!)

From: Paolo Date: June 5, 2004 at 10:22
'it has TO be skilfully played' (actually....damn typos!!!)

From: Wotty Date: August 28, 2004 at 15:41
In one word,BRILLIANT...

From: Wotty Date: September 8, 2004 at 11:09
Just listening to this and revelling in its mastery.Totally love it..I write well dont I?????

From: Wotty Date: September 8, 2004 at 11:15
Instead of bigging myself up,I should have mentioned LIVING WITH A MEMORY,an AOR gem of Everest type proportions...

From: z4roxx Date: February 20, 2005 at 21:56
IMO it's a decent cd,nothin'more and nothin'new.Low quality production(as always happens for Frontiers label)full of generic riffs and tunes,indeed songs are pretty good but I don't see nothin'spectacular or remarkable here.The voice of J.Walsch is horrible,maybe it's not his kind of music where singin',IMO.7/10.

From: (CZ)mark-t Date: July 20, 2005 at 6:28
Oh people rating only 7,72 ? This is gold album brilliant vocal super sound perfect Heavy AOR.My fav. "Living With a Memory" 10/10.

From: TIM (2) Date: October 14, 2005 at 15:50
This is great AOR,exactly what you'd expect with the likes of Spiro, Reb Beach, Kip Winger, Peterik, Schon, David Foster etc, involved. It takes until Track 4 to really get started, and the production (especially Mike Slamer's mixing job) is truly appalling, but you can't deny the quality of material on offer. Peterik's: "Living with a Memory" & "Say it with Love" are particular highlights. The new Khymera disc is nearly upon us, & the soundbytes are awesome. Hope the productions better. 8.5/10.

From: Nick C Date: October 14, 2005 at 19:53
I bought this as I'm a big Kansas/Steve Walsh admirer and I have to agree with TIM(2)'s review totally this doesn't really start kicking in until track 4. The first few tracks to me are almost rock by numbers, the guitar riffs are so predictable they could have been written by a 9 year old just learning his instrument. If you've played in a band you've used these riffs. Luckily the material improves vastly from said point but I won't be holding my breath for the next release(no Walshy 4 a start)

From: Geoff Date: March 15, 2006 at 0:24
I don't like Mr Big, but their versions of 'Strike like lightening' and 'Shadows' are much better than these versions. That said, these verions are very good and this is a very consistent, great melodic hard rock album. I don't like Walsh as a vocalist at all and don't think he suits the material at all. I'd much prefer to hear Dennis Ward on this album. Either way, this is still full of great songs, so I love it anyway. 'A new promise' is better (MUCH better vocals) but this is great anyway.

From: Heavy.AOR Date: June 22, 2006 at 11:13
BRILLIANT 10/10

From: juan carlos Date: January 30, 2007 at 16:24
Musicalmente el disco está muy bueno, la producción aceptable pero la voz de Steve Walsh aquí no me va mucho. La mayoría de temas prestados por grandes compositores. Mis favoritas y de lejos son "Living With A Memory" y "Say it With Love" puro AOR! Agree Tim (2) "Written in the Wind" muy a lo Kansas, Seventh Key.. muy buena "Love Leads The Way" pues me quedo con la versión de Hardline más por la voz de J. Goeli. La 4,"Bless a Brand New Angel" bella balada y la 12 tambien excelentes. 8/10

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 1, 2007 at 0:03
Very Good Melodic Hard Rock/AOR, el album es muy bueno en cuanto a estilo y temas, una pena por la produccion y la voz de Steve no adaptada a este estilo pero tampoco lo hace mal 8.5/10.

From: BDrums1971 Date: October 22, 2009 at 13:21
I'm really surprised nobody has mentioned here that most if not all of the songs are basically covers. I don't think Khymera wrote any of the songs here, and I prefer most of the original versions of the songs.


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