I remember this sign in an old recording studio in my hometown of Orebro that said "We can´t turn shit into gold", but they sure could turn gold into shit sometimes.
Unfortunately I come to think of this sign when I listen to the new band Radiation Romeos debut album. Except this time, it wasn´t much of gold in the first place.
This is a shitty album from start to finish, I don´t really understand what the guys at Frontiers Music thought they could get when they brought in producer/songwriter Michael Voss to make a melodic rock album with the mighty Parramore McCarty.
I have all the respect in the world for Parramore, not only does he pull off some great vocals on Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys album from 1989, Parramore is also one of the cornerstones behind the legendary Warrior album Fighting For The Earth from 1985. If you ask me, it´s one of the best heavy metal albums ever made.
But Radiation Romeos is something completely different, the music isn´t even close to either Atomic Playboys or Warrior. This is supposed to be a traditional melodic rock album where Parramore´s voice feels just as misplaced as Lemmy in a children´s choir.
The songs and the production are nothing but two sorry things that only makes me sad because I truly hoped for something better when Parramore was involved. He simply cannot be proud over this big failure. Only one song "Ocean drive" is worthy to listen to again, the rest should be dropped into the challenger deep with the heaviest anchor ever built.
Parramore, you belong in metal, not FM oriented rock.