Saturday, March 21, 2009
Menchen - Red Rock
©2008 Retroactive Records
Bill Menchen likes to drop his shredding guitarist hands in a number of projects. Besides lending his chops to The Seventh Power, His Witness, and Titanic, he and vocalist Ken Redding (His Witness) have pulled in the famous talents of Robert Sweet on drums (Stryper) and bassist Tony Franklin (Whitesnake, The Firm, Quiet Riot) for this power metal feast.
“Train Crossing” starts the ball with a ferocious rhythm. The metal riffs are classic as they come. Other strong tracks include “A Salt Mine”, “Forty”, and “Wild Wind Blows”.
The only drawback to this collaboration rests in the lead vocals. Ken Redding has a great voice, but does not exhibit a large range, which feels better suited for blues. Maybe of personal preference, when I hear classic power metal riffs and rhythms of this magnitude, I need a screaming vocal that hits the high notes with a solid punch. Other than personal taste, Menchen is a solid offering to metal fans alike.
8.5 of 10 clicks