Veronica Freeman is without a doubt one of my favorite vocalists out there currently (and yes I did not say female vocalists as her voice stacks up well with so many of her male counterparts as far as I am concerned). She has insane power and very solid range, and doesn’t sound like anyone else, which is one of the chief reasons I have been enthralled with Benedictum over the years. After hearing she was going to do a solo album with more of a hard rock feel to it, I was very excited and a bit nervous to check it out. I know that I as a listener and of course The V herself as a vocalist was going to step outside of the comfort zone a bit, which can be a risky proposition. After the very strong one-two combo of Again and Now Or Never leading the way though you can be sure that this is unmistakably a VF album, her voice rocks out better than ever and in fact it even sticks out maybe a bit more in the foreground here. Not only is The V the reigning High Queen Of Metal, she seems to have channeled the vibe and energetic feel of the best of the rocker chic vibe. She does a very good job with the slower tracks as well as the high energy rockers, showing further diversity of her singing style. As great a job as she did on this album, I am sure Veronica would be the first to remind me that she wans’t alone here. Credit has to be given where due as Pete Wells did some of the writing with her and a plethora of guest musicians have graced the album with their many talents including Michael Sweet, Gary Bordonaro, Jeff Pilson, Mike LePond, Tony Martin, Leather Leone and numerous others. Job well done, one and all! Between her work with Benedictum, this solo project as well as her working a bit with the boys from The Rods of late (could we be getting a collaborative release here? – just please don’t call it Canedy, Feinstein, Bordonaro and Freeman please!), it seems The V is flying higher than ever and I am loving it!
Choice Tracks – Again, Now Or Never, Roller Coaster, Starshine, Below Zero, Ready To Run