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Artist: Pride of Lions

Title: Pride of Lions

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Pride of Lions Pride of Lions Album Cover


Category: Melodic Rock

Year: 2003

Label: Frontiers Records (Italy)

Catalog Number: FRCD170


Toby Hitchcock vocals
Jim Peterik guitars, vocals, keyboards
Mike Aquino guitars
Christian Cullen keyboards
Clem Hayes bass
Ed Breckenfield drums
Hilary Jones drums


1.  It's Criminal  4:55   Listen
2.  Gone  4:36   Listen
3.  Interrupted Melody  4:09   Listen
4.  Sound Of Home  4:30   Listen
5.  Prideland  6:16   Listen
6.  Unbreakable  5:04   Listen
7.  First Time Around The Sun  5:10   Listen
8.  Turn To Me  4:48   Listen
9.  Madness Of Love  6:19   Listen
10.  Love Is On The Rocks  4:27   Listen
11.  Last Safe Place  4:39   Listen
12.  Music And Me  5:20   Listen
Total Running Time:  60:13

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From: thorsten Date: January 26, 2004 at 16:56
FANTASTIC!!!!!! Nothing more to say.

From: AOR freaky Date: January 27, 2004 at 9:10
What can I say !!! Without a shadow of a doubt ALBUM OF THE YEAR of 2003 !!!!! Head and shoulders above any competition ! BRILLIANT AOR record. Together with Mecca the second CLASSIC record of the new millennium ! Go for the Jap version with a fantastic bonus track ! Nearly 70 minutes of classic, superb AOR ! And what a find Toby Hitchcock is : fantastic voice ! And we all know what mr. Peterik is capable of ! AOR HEAVEN ! Go for it ! A MUST HAVE ! BUY OR DIE !!!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: January 27, 2004 at 13:38
Sorry, there are even three Jap bonus tracks. Quality and quantity !

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 27, 2004 at 18:07
gosh!!nothing in the world has prepared me for this!!! if the postman delays one more day......i swear ill shoot him!!!...i want this album and i want it NOOOOW!.

From: AOR freaky Date: January 29, 2004 at 8:15
Hope you get your copy soon, Rob ! It's worth the wait, man ! Classic AOR, as it should be done, ALWAYS ! But only this act has not failed to deliver the goods !

From: vandervelde Date: January 29, 2004 at 10:24
No doubt best record of the year...and Sounds Of Home best song of the year....japanese bonus tracks piss me off but to be honest Japanese keep this music alive so they have some rights ...

From: Metal_Warrior Date: February 1, 2004 at 9:57
yes,it's probably the best aor album of the 2003.

From: AOR freaky Date: February 2, 2004 at 5:32
Sure it is by far the best AOR album of the year 2003 ! A MUST !!!, for everyone here on this site !

From: ROB GARCIA Date: February 3, 2004 at 12:12
HOLY SHIT!this is a fucking top class album!!.youre right guys,this is the aor album of 2003 by a mile!wow!!.hey everybody if youre into some aor extravaganza buy this and be prepared to be AMAZED!!!!.

From: AOR freaky Date: February 5, 2004 at 7:27
Glad you like it that much, Rob ! It's indeed a SUPER AOR album !

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From: Jez Date: February 5, 2004 at 12:40
Very good indeed - Toby Hitchcock is one hell of a singer, and Jim Peterik is in fine form. Songwise 'Sound of home' is by far the strongest track on offer (one of the best tracks from last year). The rest of the songs are mostly very good aswell . Here's hoping they release a follow up.

From: XLNT Date: February 9, 2004 at 8:00
A must for AOR fans of course, but for some reason they did not include two of the tracks from the Sound of Home single that was released prior to the album. If you can, you should get hold of it. “So Deadly” is a straight rocker with great vocal performance and “Stand By You” is a superb ballad that really deserved a place on the album.

From: luis aormaniac Date: February 14, 2004 at 21:02
what can i say that you guys already said.......this is an aor masterpiece....aor at it's maximum expression.....interrupted melody it's perhaps one of the best songs of 2003....if not the best...what a song mates!!!.......and toby hitchcock....what a singer!!!!! of the best albums of the 2003.....with kelly hansen's perfect world nad the operas of gary hughesnce upon a king I and prepared for jaded heart trust...........good days are coming for aor lovers....

From: Tony BCN Date: February 17, 2004 at 19:14
Super álbum de AOR.La comparación con SURVIVOR es inevitable.Es el típico trabajo en que te enganchan todos los temas.8/10

From: peter roeland Date: February 25, 2004 at 15:32
probably the best record since ages.lets bring back those 80's again

From: RODOLFO Date: March 9, 2004 at 13:13

From: zino il tino Date: March 16, 2004 at 16:11
Total crap. an old man and his son playing cliched music. Frontiers is a great label findind for all us such kind of undiscovered gems. This time we have the granfather of a cousin of a former guitar player of a roadies of survivor, just a bad copy of survivor. As usual, frontiers label have the new sensation!!! Poor artwork and poor music. stay away.

From: zino il tino Date: March 16, 2004 at 16:11
Total crap. an old man and his son playing cliched music. Frontiers is a great label findind for all us such kind of undiscovered gems. This time we have the granfather of a cousin of a former guitar player of a roadies of survivor, just a bad copy of survivor. As usual, frontiers label have the new sensation!!! Poor artwork and poor music. stay away.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: March 17, 2004 at 9:43
Thank God Zino, I thought I was the only one who thought that! After the multitude of positive comments on this disc I expected something incredibly special, but it sounded like a bunch of Survivor outtakes. No soul, no fire, no hunger...NO DICE! If you like your music with no rough edges whatsoever, this is for you. This is about as exciting as boiled cabbage (Happy St. Pat's all!). Of course, it's only my opinion, you may like boiled cabbage....

From: Rockhead Date: March 18, 2004 at 5:30
I have to take middle ground on this one-it is NOT crap-but itis not indispsnsible either. I find little on this disc to want me to play it again and again, yet there are 2-3 songs that i will definately put onto compilation cd's for the car. The songs all blend into one another and IMO there arn't enough hooks for me. Opinion are like arseholes-everyones got one!!

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From: Jez Date: March 18, 2004 at 12:06
As i mentioned above this is a good album, but Freddy come on this is no where near 'Vital Signs' 'Caught in the Game' or 'When Seconds Count' - the songs are good, but there is only one standout track 'The Sound Of Home'. The consistency isn't there. Now go play your Survivor cd's again and tell me i'm wrong!!!!

From: Cruise Date: March 19, 2004 at 19:24
This is a good album but what is all the fuss about? If this is the best album of 2003 then things really have slipped in the last decade or two.

From: Jarda Date: March 22, 2004 at 2:57
Fantastické.Lepší než ranní soulož.

From: AOR freaky Date: March 22, 2004 at 5:02
Dear Jez, the ones you name from Survivor are timeless classics. But I think that Pride Of Lions is nearly as good as these. Together with Mecca these are the only two AOR records that came out in the last five years that blew me away ! But, Survivor is a fantastic band and I love to see them back with new stuff and the chance is there ! But the why : Jamisons Survivor is also a bloody great record !!!!!. Don't miss that one, now again re-released on Frontiers !

From: Craig.B Date: March 23, 2004 at 8:13
The most overrated Cd of 2003! 'Boring' is the first word that comes to mind. Tobey's voice is irritating at times and Jim sounds like he's just going through the motions. This Cd lacks heart & soul and it shows in the songs. Not one real standout here, just some very average AOR!

From: AOR freaky Date: March 23, 2004 at 8:18
Craig. B : this boring ? ? ? ! Yes, if you are a death metal or alternative fan, but not if you like pure AOR ! And be serious : Tobey has a fantastic voice ! Rightly decided as ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2003 ! What recent AOR album or one from 2003 is better, Craig.B ? I'm curious to hear that from you !

From: koogles Date: March 23, 2004 at 11:44
If you like Toto, Mecca or Radioactive, this is for you. Polished AOR with Bobby Kimball-soundalike, Corey Hart-lookalike Toby Hitchcock. Good to see a young, fresh face in the scene, and he can definitely sing. A bit predictable at times, and certain songs bug me a bit (Prideland sounds like it should be in the Lion King, Uninterrupted Melody a blatant Carrie (Europe) ripoff). But comparing this to Survivor would be a big mistake: this is more Westcoast. Best songs: Sound of Home, It's Criminal

From: Rockhead Date: March 23, 2004 at 12:22
In response to Aor Freaky's comment-Radioactive, Vertigo, Stand Tall, Urban Tale are 4 that I prefer to this.

From: AOR freaky Date: March 24, 2004 at 4:45
HEY, Rockhead : thanks for your answer : I don't agree, but I have to admit that Vertigo is very good, as is Ramos. Urban Tale is something I don't like at all ! But I have a question : Who or what is Stand Tall (I know most acts but not that one !). Can you give me more information, please ? ! And when I see that you like Radioactive a lot : have you already bought the CD from Spin Gallery (with Denander again) ? Head and shoulders above Radioactive and sure something for you ! Great stuff !!!

From: Rockhead Date: March 24, 2004 at 5:08
Hi Freaky-Stand Tall is the album-Spin Gallery the band-forgive my cock-up!! Being a thirty somthing and having loved rock music for over 20 years I just find Pride of Lions a tad cliched. I have heard it all before. More and more releases promise to deliver but I am afraid i do sometimes live in a timewarp. I thought Urban Tale tried to do somthing different in the genre. Denander is a genius hence my attraction to his projects. I have not heard Ramos but didnt like 2 fires-again tired

From: AOR freaky Date: March 24, 2004 at 6:31
Hi Rockhead, we both like Spin Gallery ! Yes, we heard it all before, you're right ! But what's new ? NOTHING ! It's all recycling (even nu-breed and nu-metal or alternative !). Personally I like Two Fires a lot, although their second one has a bad production. The Ramos CD I really find superb, maybe you will not like it. But check it out, you never know ! Did you like The Storm ? Well, it's not as good, but a bit in the same vein. And concerning Pride Of Lions : both them and Mecca are great !

From: Rockhead Date: March 24, 2004 at 6:46
Hi Freaky-I love the debut Storm CD. I have no problem with rehashing old ideas-if there is a twist otherwise why bother when the rehases do not hold a candle to the originals. I miss the excitment of playing a new CD and being blown away. The new TNT disc made me smile, Seventh Key I like alot. I may give Ramos a go I like his playing. I don't know about you but i seem to be buying older releases I missed first time around or replacing vinyl.

From: Rockhead Date: March 24, 2004 at 6:49
cont... My recent buys have been Ambrosia, Hotel, Michael Stanley, Player, Tycoon and so forth. I am falling in love with these all over again and with a selected few nothing released in today's market compares. Maybe it is my age (LOL). As said I do like some later releases but I find I choose to purchase less than I did.

From: AOR freaky Date: March 25, 2004 at 5:45
I really can follow you on this, Rockhead ! Me too I love the stuff from the seventies and eighties more than most recent stuff ! I know all the items you name (do you have the third Tycoon CD 'Opportunity Knocks' ? I'm searching that one !). But now and then a great CD appears these days ! For me these were the last years : Pride Of Lions, Mecca, Dakota, Y&T and I also like Harlan Cage, 101 South, Departure and Norway as new acts. Therefore only Red Dawn, Signal and Captive Heart were great !

From: zino il tino Date: March 29, 2004 at 16:14
this is an awerage product for people born ten years later as this music was at its peak. 'boring' is the only appropriate word. for the friend aor freaky, as you can see, there are a lot of other people thinking exactly like i do. sorry, i don't intend to destroy anybody i just telling the truth.

From: The Revenger Date: March 30, 2004 at 8:06
!!!!!!!!!! BEST ALBUM EVER !!!!!!!!!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: March 30, 2004 at 8:10
How much I like this album, it's not the best ever, dear The Revenger ! O.K. : best of 2003 ! But there are other pearls out there : Diving For Pearls,Drive She Said, Signal, Red Dawn, The V.U., Van Stephenson, Foreigner, Agent, I-Ten, Boulevard, which are all brilliant AOR CD's !

From: MJ (Marla) Date: March 30, 2004 at 12:49
Personally, I found this to be more than just a bit boring! Expected the ALOT from all the hype.....didn't get it. 5 at best...

From: James Date: March 30, 2004 at 14:06
kind of bland. nothing special.

From: Date: March 30, 2004 at 15:49 each his own...what a dissapointment...hype or no hype. Don't like it...Sorry

From: T-Bone Date: March 31, 2004 at 7:13
I have some of the live tracks of these guys doing some Survivor tunes. They're not too bad. You can definately hear the Jim Peterik influence there. Some songs were good, some were kind of boring. I actually liked the live bootlegs better than most of this cd. Lyrically, it's very good...but the music needs a little more kick in the ass. I'll still give it a 6 because Jim Peterik is a great songwriter.

From: T-Bone Date: March 31, 2004 at 7:17
It is kind of funny how this already has 200 people that have rated it. Hmmmm. And to James...He'll always have the last word

From: veritŕ Date: March 31, 2004 at 10:16
ciň č un album horrible, pieno degli odori difettosi e dei suoni piů difettosi. ciň č quasi difettosa quanto il gusto del Freaaky nella musica, che č abominable.

From: El Guapo Date: April 5, 2004 at 17:19
El Guapo for sure ese.

From: La Merde Date: April 5, 2004 at 17:31
Ceci fait l'odeur de merde comme l'aloyau fin du boeuf qu'il est si mauvais.

From: Der Maestro Date: April 5, 2004 at 17:33
Es ist traurig, daß die Unholde, die für dieses travesty ist von der Musik verantwortlich sind, nicht zum Tod in eine allgemeine Durchführung gesetzt werden können.

From: Date: April 9, 2004 at 20:05
Yes its good,but just a moment please.If this is one of the best albums for 2003,imagine where is the really quallity music nowadays.I want to say only this.If this album existed 15 or 20 years ago,it may be was a simple good album.All the other good albums were much better from this one.So,where is the new bands nowadays,which make a really masterpiese AOR album like many others in the past?I have so many others which called all time classics now.But this one can't be a classic in the future.

From: Rockhead Date: May 6, 2004 at 6:12
Jim Peterik is NOT the 2nd coming!! He IS talented but not everything he touches turns to gold. This cd is pretty bland compared to say Too Hot to Sleep and Caught In The Game. It is inofensive music by numbers, which unfortunately is becoming the norm in this once great music genre. Everyone has an opinion but I bet those raving about this CD will not be playing it in a years time-I certainly won't too often. The real test of a classic record is repeated plays years after release.

From: AOR freaky Date: May 6, 2004 at 6:55
I can follow you, Rockhead ! But in these sad times for AOR this was the highlight in 2003 (and not alone on !!!!!), followed by Ramos, Vertigo, Double Cross etc. There is not much out in the genre to write home about ! Right not ! ? And not all the classics are, if you listen carefully enough, classics. That's now the case for me with Preview !!! Always considered that one as a classic, but no longer now after listening again. Then I prefer Pride Of Lions. Glad there are still

From: AOR freaky Date: May 6, 2004 at 6:59
records made like this. This year we have Shadowland, Seventh Key and a few others. I've heard something from the new Stan Bush and it sounds GREAT ! That's not the case with the new Glen Burtnick !, which has had the Atenzia sickness ! = modern, boring crappy nu-breed ! TOO BAD FOR WORDS !!! Magnus told that he wanted to let relive the heydays of AOR with Atenzia ! Man, has he told lies ! His label (and not Frontiers) is a CRAP LABEL, only for alternative stuff (called AOR, what an insult !)

From: Rockhead Date: May 6, 2004 at 7:33
I concede that some AOR (regardless of the quality) is better than NO AOR but it is a bad state of affairs when this title is regarded the best of the bunch. I'm glad you get so much from it personally I don't.

From: AOR freaky Date: May 6, 2004 at 7:51
Don't think we'll ever agree about this one. For me it's a GEM, for you not. Glad we both like a lot of other AOR records ! But to be honest : tell me, Rockhead, which AOR albums of recent years that are better than this ? ! Hmm. . ., I only see Mecca !

From: Rockhead Date: May 6, 2004 at 8:12
LOL- we probably never will agree on this one you are right!! that is what makes us all so interesting. In recent years I have liked Mecca, Radioactive, the first Prisoner Cd, Vertigo, Seventh Key, Giant et al but as I have stated previously I am going back in time and buying the classics and not so classic from the late 70's, 80's and early 90's. I am so fed up of buying Cd's that are hyped to the hilt only to find they suck.

From: Rockhead Date: May 6, 2004 at 8:19
Journey-Arrival, the new Hugo Cd, Frederison/ Philips (maybe pushing recent), Face/Face (old cd recently issued). On The Rise is head and shoulders above this and I also like Urban Tale purely because they are trying to do somthing different witin the genre and get 10/10 for effort.

From: AOR freaky Date: May 6, 2004 at 10:33
Interesting debat, Rockhead ! Personally I can't agree at all. For me Urban Tale is sooooo poor (bad singer !!!!) and On The Rise far too poppy and not good either. Journey : no, overrated ! The new Hugo is good, but better than Pride Of Lions. Don't really think so ! And Frederikson/Philips have some BRILLIANT songs,but also a lot of weaker tracks ! If they all should have sound like 'Oh, Diane' it would have been CLASSIC WITH A BIG C ! What a song ! I agree, no such song on POL, but constant

From: Rockhead Date: May 6, 2004 at 11:27
Come on Freaky-On The Rise Too Poppy??? I agree Urban Tale's is an acquired taste but at least they are pushing the boundaries in terms of song structure-not just rehashing songs from 10 years ago. Journey are THE AOR band-without them nothing!! Arrival is an excellent well balanced set with some incredible songs and no real fillers (Although there are quite a few ballads). Frederickson Philips is also very strong. In Oh Diane and Captured they have 2 classics!! POL no outstanding tracks-bland!!

From: AOR freaky Date: May 6, 2004 at 11:45
I'm not the biggest Journey fan, Rockhead, OVERRATED act ! I see why you like Hugo, Urban Tale and On The Rise ! All a bit in the Journey mould ! I prefer Foreigner and Survivor above Journey, any day, anytime ! And AOR pearls like Signal, I-Ten, The VU, Boulevard, Agent, Fortune, Streets, Van Stephenson etc. etc. beat the s. . t out of Journey ! Sorry, they have fantastic songs (Send Her My Love is one of the best ballads EVER), but none of their CD's is consistent enough to be called classic

From: Rockhead Date: May 6, 2004 at 11:59
Your not including Escape, Frontiers, Departure in your comments reference consistent then (LOL). I too love Foreigner and theyy give Journey a run but I-Ten (1 album), Fortune (1 Album), Van Stephenson (2 Albums), Signal (1 album), Streets (2 albums). Hardly consistent . Agent-now you really are taking the piss. Survivor are supremely inconsistent over their career. The VU were Journey clones. Sorry mate but your argument is waaay off track on this one

From: AOR freaky Date: May 7, 2004 at 3:53
T-Bone : I'm guilty ! But to Rockhead : I like discussing with you. I forgot to mention Shadow King and Diving For Pearls, also two classics ! But I understand you : only one or two releases and no conscistency in the career ! But they're BRILLIANT ! I disagree with you on I-Ten (SUPERB !) and Agent (listen carefully, it's a MONSTER CD and in my all-time AOR top ten) and the VU : Fantastic keys ! We're both passionated about our genre and indeed : it was better twenty years ago ! The best, mate

From: Rockhead Date: May 7, 2004 at 4:12
I agree with your summations that the mentioned are indded great albums, Classics many of them, my point was the CLASSIC aspect. Like em or not Journey are a classic band with consistency and longjevity (3 decades) and are generally regarded as genre innovators. Sorry I can't get into the 1st Agent CD at all-it's too light for my tastes. I do like the 2nd however. Freaky come over to the boards we can discuss the fineries of various classics in relative peace.

From: Paolo Date: May 10, 2004 at 18:09
A very good cd....don't know if is best of any case more similar to classic Survivor's sound than 'Empires'; but still light years far from absolute masterpieces like 'Vital signs', 'When seconds count', 'Too hot to sleep' and 'Eye of the tiger'!!!

From: ChicagoRRer Date: May 15, 2004 at 13:29
The best album I have heard in a decade of this genre. Jim Peterik literally and figuratively wrote the book on songwriting. I cannot wait for a followup CD.

From: alex caceres Date: May 26, 2004 at 16:43
este album es uno de los mejores que he oido del ańo 2003, y 100% recomendable par a los que les gusta ori AOR, mucialmente es excelente ademas de la voz del vocalista es perfecta para el estilo de musica teniendo la tendencia de Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Dennis DeYoung (Styx).

From: Thanos Date: May 27, 2004 at 22:58
A classic album!!! Check out the review at Nothing more to say... Peterik is a fantastic songwriter... The Lion is here...

From: Rockhead Date: May 28, 2004 at 4:38
Thanos-Why would I want to read a review on another site? Is the melodic rock/ AOR bible? Will my opinion of this extremely average album suddenly change? Will the scales be cast from my eyes?. In the annals of time-this album will be regarded as ok but not a true classic. I doubt even the literary genuius of Grande-Rock Com will be able to change that fact

From: Thanos Date: June 9, 2004 at 23:55
When reading a review on another site just seeing another ones point of view about an album. No one is the absolute rocker who can critisize an album!!! If someone claims that he has a site that is the melodic rock/AOR bible and i pitty him!!!! Let's enjoy music and not being bad... Only time will tell if this album is a classic one or not... not you and me, not anyone else... Only time...

From: Rockhead Date: June 10, 2004 at 4:20
Time unfortunately is only a part.It IS indeed people who make albums classic. Who states that an album is timeless, generally the music buying puiblic. Who will qualify an album as essential, timeless, classic or whatever again joe public because if they don't buy it then it will disappear. It is exactly people like you and I who make albums timeless, because we rave about it, recommend it and ultimately drive it through time to future generations just as my parents did with Hendrix etc.

From: TIM (2) Date: June 10, 2004 at 7:03
I've just read the review above (Grande-Rock) and for me it commits one of the cardinal sins of reviewers. It raves about the quality of the album but tells me nothing about who it sounds like, or who might like the album. This is why I like as he defines each track and doesn't just rave. For the record I LOVE all the bands mentioned above but (apart from 'Sound Of Home') I don't rate this as a classic.

From: AOR freaky Date: June 10, 2004 at 7:53
This is a bit like Survivor and for me even better (expect for Vital Signs, Caught In The Game . . .)! Classic stuff, dear Tim(2). There is not much better out these days !

From: AORmaniac Date: June 11, 2004 at 22:48
Well it's good to read many reviews about one album...I have read the review on, on AOR Dreamozes and on Grande Rock and they all saying that this is a great album... so when i listened to it I said the same thing!!! You can't find nowadays so damn good albums... Jim made his miracle once again!!!! Do not argue about the music, the albums and the artists... just listen to good music and nothing else!!!!!

From: hevi Date: June 22, 2004 at 12:58
I really wanted this album and I really wanted to like this..but.sorry boys.My favourite AOR band has always been Survivor but compare this to way.Jim Peterik needs Frankie Sullivan and Jimi Jamison.These songs are ok but thats all.Where are catchy melodies and heartfilling choruses.Hitchcock is like secondhand Bobby Kimball.Hope that they improved for the second album(if that is gonna ever happen).

From: AORmaniac Date: June 22, 2004 at 21:11
The new album is on the way... Watch out for the new single of Pride Of Lions at the end of August!!! Peterik rulezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: manos Date: June 25, 2004 at 14:21
AOR freaky, I have read some of your posts in this site and all I have to say is that you are dangerous! Not intending to insault you personnaly but as far as AOR concerns you do not have the knowledge required to judge things properly. You claim that Journey is not your cup of tea and you try to overhype some bands of the 90s or the 00s who are nothing but cheap clones of Journey...denying a glorious past to support a mediocre present doesn't make you a sincere AOR fan.

From: manos Date: June 25, 2004 at 14:37
Now,on pride of lions department, the review of influenced the majority of you. This album was overrated on this site and presented as the album we all have been waiting for years. Musically is nothing more than average, basic 80s AOR which lacks of soul and personality. Totally agreed with Zino il Tino's post. I know that there is high demand from all of you for a great 00s melodic release, but some of you are over-enthusiastic and need just one good review to make a myth.

From: giorgos-greece Date: July 9, 2004 at 19:50
this is the home of the 'famous' aor freaky? well,i quess we'll have a lot to say then! pride of lions is a nice to listen average-good record as most of the AOR cd's coming out these days.The singer is taleted indeed ,but can't make you remember him in any moment ,fom his performance.Good, but nothing special.It's criminal is the highlight for me.MR AORfreaky is obsessed with records that mean nothing compared to classic cuts from the 80's period.Man , it takes a lot for a current band to be co

From: giorgos-greece Date: July 9, 2004 at 19:57
to be compared to the 80's giants and i can't understand why someone calls himself aorfreaky when he talks that way about famous AOR acts like Journey.I'd really like to know his opinion about Toto and Asia.Maybe they can't overcome Pride of lions legacy? LOL!

From: AOR freaky Date: July 10, 2004 at 5:58
I've never said, dear giorgios-greece, that this is the best album of all time, but one of the best in years ! Clear ! What I think of Toto and Asia ? I like 'em both, but they are more westcoast(Toto) and prog(Asia) than AOR. Certainly Toto is not that great : a lot of their albums is even boring, or is this something that you don't dare to say ? Asia I think is better, and I'm waiting to hear their new release, out soon ! And I think I know a little about AOR and I don't like Journey, should I

From: giorgos-greece Date: July 10, 2004 at 18:52
i knew it i knew it!!

From: Daniel_Filho Date: July 17, 2004 at 0:14
Absolutelly AWESOME! The best of decade!.... If Survivor don't make an album, Jim Peterik makes and proves that AOR has a lot of strenght to carry on for ages!!!!!!!

From: Rockhead Date: July 19, 2004 at 6:53
In the great scheme of things-this album does not compare to true classics of the genre. It's a good album but hardly classic!! I am happy to discuss these and this albu on the Forum.

From: bruno Date: July 24, 2004 at 2:23

From: bruno Date: July 24, 2004 at 2:25

From: Amaranth Date: August 4, 2004 at 10:42
One of the finest melodic rock/AOR album of this last decade, with 'Eye Of The Storm', 'Mecca' and 'Arrival'.

From: ArnoldLancelot Date: August 10, 2004 at 3:48
FOR ALL THOSE WHO DIDN'T LIKE THIS RECORD: PLEASE PUT SOME BRAINS ON YOUR HEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DESPERATE NEED IT!!!!! BEST ALBUM MADE SINCE YEARS!!!!! AND JIM PETERIK IT'S A F.... OUTSTANDING LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!! You just cannot go wrong with anything on this cd, everything it's where it has to be: brilliant production, excellent musicianship and even better songwriting. PLEASE DON'T LISTEN TO SOME PEOPLE AND IF YOU LIKE FREAKING MARVELOUS AOR: GET THIS ALBUM NOW!!!!!!

From: T-Bone Date: August 10, 2004 at 4:53
I think your CAPS LOCK button is malfunctioning

From: AOR freaky Date: August 10, 2004 at 7:00
Dear ArnoldLancelot : couldn't have said it better !!!! This IS A GEM ! All those who don't agree are not AOR fans at all ! Nuff said !

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From: Blue Charvel Date: August 10, 2004 at 8:25
But if I put brains on my head won't that interact with the mousse I'm using? I will take your advice though, and not listen to 'some people'. Thanks for the tip dude!

From: T-Bone Date: August 10, 2004 at 9:23
Hey Freaky, Do you really need to recomment on everyone elses comments on this cd? 20 posts and counting. Give it a rest already

From: TIM (2) Date: August 13, 2004 at 4:44
Have just bought the new 'Black Ribbons' single and it is awesome. A killer ballad, which is almost a duet between Peterik and Hitchcock with the latter sounding better than ever. Even though the additional tracks are live they still sound amazing. The version of 'I Can't Hold Back' which Peterik sings making this well worth the purchase price of the single alone, plus the fact the money goes towards the Madrid bombing fund...

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From: Jez Date: August 13, 2004 at 4:57
TIM - 'Black Ribbons' is a Great song isn't it. 'Can't Hold Back' has always been a fave song of mine, and this version certainly is excellent. A good pre-cursor to the new album me thinks.

From: Pride Date: August 13, 2004 at 7:29
It's A Cool AOR Album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: VEGASMETAL Date: August 22, 2004 at 5:40
An AOR masterpiece - it cannot and will not be denied.

From: Wotty Date: August 22, 2004 at 5:45
Hi VEGASMETAL,just echoing your comments....

From: TIM (2) Date: August 23, 2004 at 4:04
VEGASMETAL, you never heard 'Vital Signs' or 'When Seconds Count' then? Shame.

From: Geoff Date: August 23, 2004 at 5:52
Okay, even I have to say this one is pretty fine. There are quite a few fillers around the 3/4 mark of the CD, but aside from that there are some pretty damn fine AOR tunes. Nowhere near the album of the year hyped piece it was made to be, for me personally, but a bloody excellent AOR album, even for a fan of driving melodic hard rock!!!

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From: Jez Date: August 26, 2004 at 9:52
Great album if your into bands like Vonray or Harem Scarem, but Keyboards would have improved its averageness. One for Nu-Breeders only.

From: Wotty Date: August 26, 2004 at 10:11
Hey Jez.Your comic genius does you credit,Ha Ha.E-mail is

From: AOR freaky Date: August 26, 2004 at 13:03
I agree with Wotty, Jez ! Comic all the way ! Typical english I suppose ! I can live with it ! Still A HUGE CD, this one. I'm looking forward to their new one 'The Destiny Stone' !!!!!

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From: Jez Date: August 27, 2004 at 6:27

From: Wotty Date: August 28, 2004 at 15:36
Jez.Did you get my e-mail adress? This is a superb album....

From: PRIDE Date: September 5, 2004 at 5:07
Great AOR Album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: September 5, 2004 at 7:58
PRIDE, glad you like this so much, just as I do ! And now hoping and praying that 'The Destiny Stone', their second, will be at least as good, if not even better !

From: James Date: September 8, 2004 at 18:16
JIM PETERIK helped write 8 of the 12 songs on the 38 Special 'Drivetrain' cd. I don't see you singing his praise on that band's page. So, can he make a bad album?

From: Max Date: October 15, 2004 at 2:56
Vegasmetal, are you Sam? Tim, when did Vegasmetal said he hasn'ty heard those albums?

From: Kalle Date: October 20, 2004 at 13:41
What's up folks....I just got the new album from Pride of Lions a couple of days ago. The new album is even better than the first album in my opinion. I still rank the first album to be a 95 out of a 100. The new album 'The destiny stone' gets a 99. The songs 'Lights from a distant shore' and 'The gift of song'from the album 'The Destiny Stone' are the best AOR songs I have ever heard....

From: Joan Date: October 23, 2004 at 15:27
Vaya disco...y que clase. Parece sacado del baúl de los recuerdos, (parece mentira que sea del 2003). A mi las que mas me gustan son 'First time around the sun' y 'Interrupted melody'.

From: RuahMan Date: November 4, 2004 at 13:03

From: scarem Date: November 9, 2004 at 17:37
i have no adjectives to descrive this masterprice, their new album is also incredible. Jim is one of the best melodic songwriters ever, and Toby is gonna become a classic singer in the melodic scene, just like Lou Gramm, Jimi Jamison, Steve Perry, Brad Delp or Danny Vaughn

From: Nick C Date: November 16, 2004 at 16:50
I don't get it! Did I miss something? I found this album really average yet everyone seems to love it! Just reminded me of AOR by numbers nothing special or exciting. I must've played it about 8 or 9 times trying to get into it but gave up...boring. I asked my bud who I gave my copy to what he thought of it only to find out he had passed it on to someone else coz he thought it was rubbish! I think some quality control is needed at Frontiers as a lot of the stuff they are releasing is very bland.

From: tankard Date: December 12, 2004 at 12:34
Excellent!!!A very masterpiece at all!Buy it as soon as you can!

From: rick kerch Date: December 28, 2004 at 17:37
this is an excellent album.So all you whimps outthere that minimises this album,buy yourselves a cristina aguilera album. This is a killer!!!!

From: jagpanzer Date: March 1, 2005 at 13:01
this album is really special piece of rock. the voice is something you know ... from somewhere .. but you are not able to recognize it. in some part i thought i am listening to new a bit rockin version of TOTO. the voice is amazing !! music is very very good too ! rock, hard rock, aor ? who cares ? it is very good album. some dudes here wrote that this album is crap. if crap sounds like this, i want more and more crappy records ....

From: Swriter Date: March 3, 2005 at 18:17
Holy Melody Batman!!!!! not sure why I waited to get these two, not sure which one I prefer since I had them both for a week, but man, the songs!!!!! Sound of Home is amazing, also Criminal, Unbreakable, and Last Safe Place!!!!! just amazing!!!

From: meradona Date: December 9, 2005 at 7:58
impresionante, cada vez lo escucho mas, pedazo vocalista el toby este, se sale, los temas buenisimos destacando para mi gusto la primera parte del disco , con el tiempo sera un clasico.

From: juan carlos Date: April 16, 2006 at 0:37
Tuve que escucharlo muchas veces para dar mi veredicto. Cada canción tiene mucho que decir tanto en lo musical como en lo compositivo. Un album muy cuidado y elegante. Hubiera preferido la dupla Peterik/Jamison pero aca Hitchcock no defrauda. Mis favoritas son la 4,5,6,8,10,11 y 12. Escuchalo bien relajado y opina. 9/10

From: Carlos A. Date: September 8, 2006 at 17:02
Bueno que decir, un brillante album melodic rock y claro tributo a SURVIVOR,Toby Hitchcock canta como los dioses y Peterik le pone esa dosis de magia AOR con los keyboards... y de lo mejor: "Gone","Sound Of Home"(101% survivor)","Music And Me" y "Prideland" que me recuerda a "Across de miles"...Discazo con buenos temas, aunque no mejor que cualquiera de Survivor. 8.9/10

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: September 8, 2006 at 18:20
Great AOR/Melodic Rock album, a la altura de cualquier album de Survivor menos del When Seconds Count ese album es de otra dimension 2 cortes favoritos Sound Of Home, Love Is On The Rocks pero todo el album es muy completo probablemente el mejor del 2003 pero no el mejor desde que se fueron los 80's hay muchos albums de buenos como este 9.5/10.

From: Clayton77 Date: January 2, 2007 at 20:26
This one is really a masterpiece. Simply one of the best AOR-releases of the world. Together with Mecca, Two Fires, Ramos, Brother Firetribe and Ten the HIGH-definition of the NEW AOR-DECADE!!!!

From: Knighthawk Date: February 5, 2007 at 18:13
I am so glad Jim Peterik decided to release his old songs and combine them with new stuff else we would miss out on Sound of Home and Criminal. But most of all, Unbreakable is a real winner. Written for the Rocky movies it was unreleased until now. And I am so glad Jim out it on this album, it's trutly a classic in line with Burning Heart and Eye of the Tiger!

From: george_the_jack Date: July 27, 2007 at 8:42
jim peterik is simply a music intelligence....

From: opec Date: August 4, 2008 at 17:08
boring crap

From: crashdiet1313 Date: July 19, 2009 at 19:46
One of my favorite AOR records. Pure classic.

From: darobinson Date: July 18, 2010 at 20:45
I agree with Blue Charvel on this one. This is not that good and Toby Hitchcock is a poor choice of singers in my opinion. After working with Jamison and Bickler you would think Peterik would get a better singer. I guess to each his own. 2/10 from me.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 23, 2011 at 14:34
Great debut release and a great band/project that Jim Peterik (Survivor fame) put together along with a new found vocalist named Toby Hitchcock that caused some kind of a impact on the AOR circuit mainly because his qualities as a singer...well in here you find a series of delightful songs such as "It's Criminal" that was the first single taken of the album,"Gone","Interrupted Melody"(nice ballad),"Unbreakable","Last safe Place"(nice ballad also)...put along with these songs this couple that happens to be my personal own favourites "Sound Of Home" & "Turn To Me"...get it!!!.94/100

From: pibe Date: November 5, 2012 at 17:11
una obra maestra del hard-aor del momento PETERIK el puto amo 10/10

From: tomdwa Date: April 5, 2020 at 14:37
A great record, filled with memorable songs and hooks, delivered with a lot of power. (Co-)Singer Toby Hitchcock is a discovery, what a set of pipes the man has! Of course the song Sound of home is a genuine aor-classic, but the real winner for me is First time around the sun, a beautifully crafted song full of twists and turns.

From: MelodicMetal4Ever Date: November 2, 2020 at 21:54

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