Gallery of Kings (First Mission)

Crank this to 7.8 of 11

Year Released: 2020

Genre: Progressive rock

Sounds Like: Asia, Kenny Loggins, Dokken

Yes indeed, Gathering of Kings contains six vocalists and a nostalgic cover harkening us back to Anderson Buford Wakeman and Howe. Sure we could have just said Yes or Asia, but we are talking supergroups here folks. GOK is a Swedish supergroup with a flair for the involved and throwing in the kitchen sink. A sink filled with all sorts of keyboard fruit pies and pinpoint over-the-top guitar solos. Check out the cast of characters at the end of this review. Kudos for the amazing cover artwork was created by the German artist Markus Vesper Art.

Track Listing:

1. The Gathering (1:03)

2. Forever and a Day (4:35)

3. Love Will Stay Alive (4:49)

4. Endless Paradise (4:11)

5. Savior (3:52)

6. Passing Rain (5:06)

7. Out of My Life (4:16)

8. Lonely Road (5:00)

9. Angels (4:09)

10. Long Way from Home (4:12)

11. The Runaway (3:52)

12. Battle Cry (4:44)

Standout Track:

"Love Will Stay Alive" takes the prize for its heartwarming throwback feel to Footloose meets Top Gun meets Vision Quest. You will hear melodies that feel blatantly stolen from either Bonnie Tyler or perhaps a Poison hook. Regardless, the track made us happy and invested in the nine tracks that follow.

Adult Beverage Pairing:

Let loose bitches to a refreshing Swedish Polar Bear Cocktail. A fury filled mix of heaven and delight, the perfect fit for the magical supergroup of Gathering of Kings.

Ingredients include ,2 ounces raspberry vodka (or unflavored if preferred), 1 ounce blue curacao 1 sprite (splash, adjust to taste),1 lemon juice (splash)


Vocal Performance

7.8 out of 11

Captivation and Variety

7.0 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy

6.5 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess

8.5 out of 11

Percussion Prowess

7.7 out of 11