Ten have been on the scene for quite a long time now and have given us a bit of a rather consistent output of significant hard rock throughout their careers. They seem to have a renewed enthusiasm and here they release Isla De Muerta hot on the heels of 2014’s rather colossal Albion! Isla De Muerta is named after the fabled pirate isle and actually translates to Island Of The Dead. Musically there is definitely some piratey themes going on with an almost folksy bend to a bit of the typical hard rock on this album, though that is just a mild flavor and not a true direction sense. Overall you get a sense that the band was trying to go for a more epic sounding approach, but at the same time this album is a bit more mellow than they are even known for. The melodies and harmonies are pretty top notch but this album doesn’t seem as punchy as what they did on Albion unfortunately. In itself there is some solid stuff, but there is also a lot more of a modern hard rock feel to the album which kind of keeps me from fully buying into it. With the whole pirate theme of the album I was hoping for something a bit more of an epic feel and tracks such as This Love just really didn’t fit what I was expecting at all. Albion had gotten me interested in the band again and I was hoping Isla De Muerta would have helped to continue that momentum but it just didn’t happen. I am not giving up hope as there was still enough here to keep my hopes up.
Choice Tracks – Tell Me What To Do, The Dragon And Saint George, Angel Of Darkness, Intensify