Back in 2001, I wrote a review of a band from USA called Vision 180, behind that band were Bobby Loux (vocals) and Jason Wood (guitars). So now 5 years later Jason Wood has a new band named 7TH dB together with Brad Bowles (vocals), Kelly Esqurie (bass), Koobs (keys,guitars) and Mikie (drums). This is their debut album and it?s filled with nice AOR/Rock and you can hear their influences of Journey and REO Speedwagon.
If you have heard Vision 180 then you will recognize these songs on "Rewind" because every song was on the Vision 180?s album "More To Believe In". If you haven?t heard these songs earlier, you will enjoy this album more because they are really good AOR/Rock songs. Jason Wood must be a big fan of Journey?s Neal Schon because he delivers great melodic guitar riffs throughout the whole album. The singer Brad Bowles has a very good and strong voice and is not a new Steve Perry sound alike, I would say that he sounds more like Kevin Cronin (Reo Speedwagon) and Freddy Curci (Alias).
This is an album filled with layers of melodies and strong songs with lots of memorable hooks. There are only 8 tracks on this album and a running time around 35 minutes and I would have wanted couple of more tracks but these 8 tracks are damn fine so you won?t have a boring moment with this cd. "Will You Remember Me" is a lovely pianoballad a?la Journey. "If This Is Love" is an up-tempo rocker with a strong chorus and good background vocals. "Don?t Be Lonely" is a good rocker with strong riffs and a hookladen chorus. The production is OK but with a more powerful sound the songs would have rocked even more but this is nothing that will spoil the fun. Even if I had heard these songs before this is a nice album to listen to but next time guys I wanna hear an album with brand new songs. Keep up the good work.