PINNACLE POINT – Symphony Of Mind (2020)
PINNACLE POINT released their stupendous debut album via Perris Records back in 2017 and now they are back with a new label and new music: “Symphony Of Mind” will be out next Friday.
Founder members vocalist Jerome Mazza (Angelica, Outlaw Son, Steve Walsh) and guitarist Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Acacia Avenue, Section A) are now joined by drummer Mark Prator (Neal Peart alumni), bassist Takeaki Itoh, and pianist John F. Rodgers, while Howard Helm, of cult pomp rockers Zon, play some keyboards and synths.
The opening trio on here are worth getting the album alone. First up the instrumental pomp of ‘Ascent to the Point’, swiftly followed by ‘So Alive’, which you would swear was Steve Walsh fronted Kansas, made even more so by the violin playing of Valeria Pozharitskaya.
Then comes the album’s real stand out, the rocker ‘Weight Of The World’. A wonderful mix of prime time ’80s Melodic Rock with a lite prog / AOR touches and a top notch guitar solo.
Mind you the album keeps on giving, as ‘Hero’ is a classy mix of the classic Kansas pomp sound (with a little bit of the 80s ‘Power’ album on the drums in particular), with the band’s own spin.
Or enjoy the piano playing of John F. Rodgers on ‘In The Wake Of Hope’. Needless to say Jerome Mazza’s vocals are a key ingredient of the album, coupled with the talented musicians who each have their time on the spotlight throughout the recording.
This summer we are spoilt really as not only are Kansas releasing their new album, we have this second album from Pinnacle Point, a band who certainly owe a lot in their sound to them.
In fact, if you hanker for the Steve Walsh fronted days of that band, Pinnacle Point will be right up your musical street.
Pomp it up and enjoy!
1. Ascent to the Point
2. So Alive
3. Weight of the World
5. Never Surrender
6. In the Wake of Hope
7. Shadows of Peace
9. Nothing at All
11. Symphony of Mind
Jerome Mazza (Angelica) – vocals
Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Acacia Avenue, Section A) – guitars, keys
Mark Prator – drums
Takeaki Itoh – bass
Valeria Pozharitskaya – violin
John F. Rodgers – piano
Howard Helm (Zon) – Hammond B3, synths