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A gem of an album and a forgotten classic.

In 2011 Stellar Revival signed to EMI Capitol and were touted as the next big thing. The label backed the band, building a following for them (through touring) prior to the release of their debut album. The band worked with producer Brian Howes to complete said album, even playing the Download Festival in 2012 and put out the first single 'The Crazy Ones'.

Vocalist Rino Cerbone had initially given up working for the family pizza business to have a tilt at the big time after having some success locally with its forerunner Copasetic. The future looked bright, but then EMI Capitol decided to delay the release of the album again and again culminating in withdrawing the support for the band and cancelling the release indefinitely, despite a concerted Twitter protest from fans.

Fast forward four years after the album was recorded and the label agreed to let the band have it and it gains release through their own label. Why on earth an album of this quality was never released defies logic, but I suspect EMI Capitol would claim restructuring and the global recession.

For those who adore bands like Black Stone Cherry, prime time Hinder or even 'Light It Up' era Rev Theory, this album will quite possibly be one of the best that you will ever hear. Howes' signature stamp is all over this album sonically and '...Ones' combines all those bands into one song.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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'The Bottom Line' gives BSC a run for their money whilst Cerbone's vocals give the slow burning heaviness of 'Heart To Stone' a RT edge. 'Shattered' – SR's answer to Hinder's 'Lips Of An Angel' – and the quite phenomenal 'Cross Your Heart (And Hope To Die)' provide the necessary lighter waving moments whilst the frenetic title track and 'Edge Of A Dream' provide the necessary Rock backbone.

The quality of this album is what defines it; there is no filler whatsoever throughout the eleven tracks which is a rarity in this day and age. Even the bonus tracks are worth having with acoustic versions of a couple of the songs together with some early demos that put other band's finished work to shame (Yes Hinder I mean you).

In the Modern Melodic Rock genre, this stands head and shoulders above almost everything that I've heard. 'Love, Lust And Bad Company' is a gem of an album and a forgotten classic and it remains utterly criminal that this record has remained buried for four years. The whole saga provides yet another reason why the music industry remains as clueless as ever about good music.

(Stellar Revival has now called it a day but several members now appear in the band Southern Gentlemen.)

Mike Newdeck

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