Hi there guys,
The Lady is taking a day off, but here I am for you with a great piece of music….
Here’s a clear example where it’s a bad idea to judge the proverbial book by its cover. Or in this case, the song by the name of the artist. When I first was told about Toby Hitchcock,I foolishly dismissed it, because “Toby Hitchcock” just didn’t jump out at me the way things like “Symphony-X”, or “Avantasia” did. When I finally did listen to this album, I couldn’t stop listening to it. What a fantastic melodic rock album Hitchcock has put together here. If I had to pick one word to describe Hitchcock’s voice, it would have to be PURE. He’s got incredible range and control, grabbing hold of the listener’s attention, and never letting go. Combining Hitchcock’s vocal prowess with Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson (W.E.T, Eclipse) has given the melodic genre an absolute gem. The lead track – This is the Moment – starts with a little acoustic intro before Hitchcock rips out a scream worthy of such legendary screams from Brad Delp or Steve Perry. The song moves back and forth from a soft and calm feel, to an upbeat pace that just gets your adrenaline flowing. An inspiring song that leaves the listener (at least, this one) feeling like anything is possible, and now is the time to do that “anything”.
Check out the rest of the album too, as this is a great disc start to finish. Hopefully it was not just a one-time collaboration between Hitchcock and Martensson, as they were able to create some definite magic.