"Gotengo" (Self-produced; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Gotengo," by Dangered Ace, reminds me of one of my favorite bands of all time: Starz, from the '70s and '80s. And that's not a bad thing. In fact, it's kind of refreshing to hear a band that plays homage (perhaps unwittingly?) to a band as great as Starz were.

Endangered Ace plays fairly simple classic hard rock. Vocalist Chandler Mogel (Outloud, Talon) has an incredible set of pipes and, in fact, often sounds a bit like Starz's Michael Lee Smith. The songs are FM-friendly, guitar-driven and as melodic as you'd like. It's almost impossible not to get caught up in the world of "Gotengo."

This is pure classic hard rock, with tongue often held in-cheek. One of the band's saving graces is that they are obviously having fun, but they still know how to rock - this album is solid proof of that from beginning to end. Although track 7 is a, say ... interesting instrumental that seems kind of out of place, the entire album rocks pretty consistently throughout. Plus, it's just about impossible to dislike any album that features heavy metal violinist Mark Wood (who here appears on "My Crusade" with his 7-string, fretted electric Viper violin).

Fans of the classic rock sound of bands like Starz, Rainbow and perhaps Foreigner's harder material will find plenty to like herein.

Dangered Ace: Steve Fruda - drums; Paul Ranieri - bass; Chandler Mogel - vocals; Jon Bivona - guitar.

For more information, check out http://www.dangeredace.com.

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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