Tower – ‘Self Titled’

Founded in New York City, Tower brings a new spin on old school heavy metal, with a uniquely recognised signature. Vocalist  Sarabeth Linden’s (ex Holy Diva) voice has been likened to Leather Leone, Janis Joplin and even the vocal giant who was Ronnie James Dio. Whilst the guitar sounds have been compared to Judas Priest and The Scorpions, the combined band produces a metalled up version of Ann Wilson or Pat Benatar. Tower are determined to bring their unique signature sound to the international stage.

Tower – Nice cool grungy intro, very A.I.C. like. Gradually sliding into an Avenged Sevenfold sound, but then rapidly moving into a faster, uplifting melody, maintained by highly effective, powerful, grit edged vocals. In itself, quite a feat for female vocals to achieve. Think heavier sounding Bonnie Tyler. Just too short and definitely addictive. Bodes well for the rest of the album.

I’ve Never Been More Alive – Banging drum and riff intro, with an extra screech, adding that one-off effect, before those gripping vocals come in and rock it to the ground. Holding her own, in an effortless, extraordinary way, that all powerful voice is something else.

Raceway Rock – Introing this time with a crazed cymbal effect, this has the feel of an Ozzy track, with that same energy and pizzazz. If you’re lucky, you may just catch an echo or two of Master Of Reality in there somewhere, too. Those diamond encrusted vocals will just hold you in their thrall and they’re so well matched with the equally spontaneous instrumentals. Together, they throw out the most refreshingly dazzling experience, of such enthused intensity and uplifting vibes, it’s impossible to stay down after listening to this. A metallic breath of fresh air.

Party (Ready To Roll) – Brief spoken opening, before blazing into another sensation of fresh, passion filled performance. The song actually rolls, in a discernibly palpable way, in deference to the title. If anyone was born to sing metal, it’s this girl. Absolutely stunning.

Flames – Roaring into life, with riffs of an unbelievable intensity, it’s a dramatically strong performance, proving just what Tower are capable of. Both vocals and instrumentals combine, in the most cohesively intuitive way, to show their immense power, with complete compatibility and effortless craft. A higher power’s at play here, for sure.

Mountains – Slowing it down a tad and bringing the bass into play, with some gorgeous additional wah wah effects, this is a silky smooth transition, to a gravel edged metal road trip, filled with pure joy and metallic entertainment. Moving into a riff section echoing Maiden’s’ Charlotte The Harlot’, in the most beguilingly perfect way, before seguing instinctively back into a brand new take on things, it’s pure enjoyment.

Hold On To Me – Coming in gradually, with a more measured riff section, joined by those unstoppable vocals, there’s a steady beat to this and slightly more lyrical emphasis, making the themes more noticeable now. Outstanding efforts from all and catchy as hell.

Elegy – Chugging hard edged riff intro, rapidly accompanied by those crazily powerful vocals, the whole thing rocks along, with real metal intent and suitably meaningful lyrics, creating a magical blend of unforgettable metal of such true sincerity, it resonates on a very visceral level. Giving it their all, rhythmically and energetically, closing with a classic fade-out, echoing through your mind, it’s done its job, in the most memorable way.

Overall – This is one album that’s tough to beat. Those scorching hot vocals will burn their way into your brain at first listen and never leave you. Neither will the powerful magnetism between them and the instrumentals, nor the alchemically cohesive way in which they perform. Rarely are a band so well matched, in conviction, energy, passion and strength, but this truly is a match made in heaven. Tower will lift you out of the doldrums for good. One listen will have you hooked, for eternity. Truly extraordinary talents, conveying a sound that’s out of this world.

10/10 **********

For fans of classic rock, NWOHM and rare female talents, such as Bonnie Tyler, Joan Jett, Toyah Wilcox and Lzzy Hale.

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