"Once Upon Our Yesterdays" (Escapi; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Cornerstone is a progressive metal outfit that goes against the grain, allowing the masterful songwriting rather than a virtuoso performance take charge. 

On "Once Upon Our Yesterdays," the outfit's third release, the balance between atmospheric keyboards, shredding guitars, and stalwart vocals is firmly established, with each getting its rich desserts and proper credits throughout. Songs like "Passion to Warfare" has the Dokken-era groove deep inside, while the acoustically driven "Some Have Dreams" screams power ballads sans the horrible hair-do. 

Cornerstone's majestic and meaty "Once Upon our Yesterdays" will rock you with both elegance and grit a la Dio and Deep Purple.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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