Torch of Rock and Roll – The Mighty One (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Timing is everything. Releasing your debut record of big, brash, old-school, classic rock anthems just as the Grunge wave crashed on the musical shore meant that even though he was signed to his hero Paul Stanley’s label, Tim Steinruck had to wait a bit longer for his dream of becoming a stadium rock and roll star.

But, good things come to he who waits, and Torch of Rock and Roll is a testament to staying the course, being true to your dreams. It’s a blistering album, built of thunderous, fist-in-the-air, foot-on-the-monitor, epic stadium rock. And who doesn’t need a bit of that in their life?

Master of Reality is a blistering barrage of killer riffs and bruising beats, So High is low-slung and groovesome with enough space to exhibit the bands more tasteful and considered side, Kickin’ Stones wanders between the bluesy and the brutal and When This is Over is like being run over by Kiss’s tour bus whilst they hang out with Metallica.

Old-school and anthemic. Brutal and beautiful. Energetic and euphoric. Boom! Mission accomplished.

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