American ’70s rockers ANGEL returned in 2019 with the excellent Risen album. The band re-launched by singer Frank Dimino and guitarist Punky Meadows put together a new version of the band after each had released solo albums and gone on tour, strangely after many years of each being away. Once Upon A Time picks up where Risen left off, and makes a nice partner to that release. The first single “It’s Alright” is catchy rocker, very easily likeable. There is a bit more variation on this new album. For myself, I am more drawn to the band’s hard-rock, pop-rockers here. “The Torch” is a fantastic lead off track, glorious in it’s whole production, from the keyboard intro to the acoustic guitars and rockin’ chorus. It should sit comfortably along with classics like “Tower” and “The Fortune” . Favorites also include the pop-rockers “Without You”, “Psyclone”, and “Turn The Record Over”. The ballad “Let It Rain” features added female backing harmonies – as do a number of tracks here, adding something new to the Angel sound, check out the upbeat “Black Moon Rising”. There’s also the ridiculous title of “Once Upon A Time An Angel And A Devil Fell In Love (And It Did Not End Well)” , musically pretty good, but the words and title… if you like pomp and cheese(!?) The band also get in to more glam & pop stuff with the likes of “Daddy’s Girl” and “Rock Star”, both catchy and again, something a bit new, both would make fine singles.
A good album that Angel fans will really enjoy. I can’t help but think also that a few of the rockers here might fit nicely on the latest pair of Uriah Heep albums. Frank Dimino sounds great, as always throughout this record. Like the cover art, though (as always) a band photo is stuck in the middle of it The LP has 11 tracks, while the CD adds 3 more . *Available on clear vinyl, CD and Cassette!
*For more info & tour dates, check out the press release below!
Legendary rock band ANGEL return with a brilliant, melodic and supremely powerful new studio album titled ONCE UPON A TIME, set for release April 21st on Cleopatra Records. The album features 11 brand new songs, plus three bonus tracks on the CD version, all written by Punky Meadows, Frank Dimino, and Danny Farrow. Meadows proclaims, “We are super excited by the release of the new album. We had a blast recording it, and the band is cookin’! It has everything ANGEL fans expect – epic songs, power pop, heavy rock n’ roll, and it’s also deep with lots of surprises! Can’t wait for our fans to lay their ears on it!”
The band is also excited to announce their US Tour with dates kicking off on March 3rd at The Cutting Room in NYC. Many shows have been announced and more will be added. Vocalist Dimino says, “We can’t wait to get back on the road and rock with all the fans. And I am really excited for the new album release, can’t wait for you all to hear it!” Tour dates are listed below so grab your tickets and meet and greet passes as some shows have already sold out!
You can stream the album’s first single, the energetic rocker “It’s Alright” on all digital platforms today.
Stream/download the single: https://orcd.co/angel_itsalright
And be sure to pre-order the CD, vinyl and special limited edition cassette versions now! Longtime guitarist Farrow declares, “The new album kicks ass and I hope the fans love it. It is very diverse and has all the elements of the ANGEL sound and more. The band really worked hard to make it great and an album we can all be proud of!”
Order the CD/Vinyl/Cassette: https://cleorecs.com/store/?s=angel+once+upon+a+time&post_type=product
Pre-order/pre-save the digital: https://orcd.co/angel_onceuponatime
ANGEL is also working on a new documentary film with DEKO Entertainment with updates soon.
ANGEL’s US tour dates:
(get tickets and meet and greets at www.angelbandofficial.com)
March 10th – Sellersville PA, – Sellersville Theater
March 11th – Akron OH – The Empire ( Sold Out )
March 12 – Westland MI – The Token Lounge
March 14th – Milwaukee WI – Shank Hall
March 15th – Madison WI – High Noon Saloon
March 17th – Edwardsville IL – The Wildey Theatre
March 19th – ST. Charles IL – Arcada Theatre
April 28th – Hollywood CA – The Whisky –
April 29th – Las Vegas Nev – VAMP’D –
August 25th WITH SWEET – Louisville KY – Habana Blues Night Life
August 26th WITH SWEET – Columbus Oh – King of Clubs
Many more dates to be announced soon.
1. The Torch
2. Black Moon Rising
3. It’s Alright
4. Once Upon A Time An Angel And A Devil Fell In Love (And It Did Not End Well)
5. Let It Rain
7. Blood Of My Blood, Bone Of My Bone
8. Turn The Record Over
9. Rock Star
10. Without You
11. Liar Liar
BONUS TRACKS [CD ONLY]
12. Daddy’s Girl
14. Let The Kid Out