Jesse Damon Signs to Perris Records
Perris Records is proud to announce the signing of Jesse Damon to release his brand new solo album "Southern Highway" on July 22nd. The album was produced by melodic rock legend Paul Sabu. This is Jesse's sixth solo effort and features 10 brand new studio tracks. As Jesse puts it, "Southern Highway is a melodic driven southern rockin' hell of a good time!" Jesse Damon had this to say "I'm very pleased and excited to announce that I've signed to Perris Records and will be working with label owner Tom Mathers with the release of my new CD Southern Highway."
Jesse Damon, Paul Sabu and Eric Ragno meet for recording session.
December 20, 2013
The instant I hear this album, I knew it would be my favorite Jesse Damon release to date and it has stayed that way ever since. Damon is helped throughout this album by songwriter/piano maestro Eric Ragno and producer/songwriter/singer Paul Sabu. Jesse's new solo album is so good.
It is beautifully written and produced melodic hard rock in the finest tradition of old-school Sabu and early Silent Rage. At times you'd swear that it was Paul Sabu himself singing. Add in Pete Newdeck on drums and you have a real powerhouse lineup here and the guys deliver.
Swirling keyboards under a base of hard edged shredding guitar and thumping drums with some glorious melodic vocals is just what the doctor ordered. What's best – the songs here are simply impossibly catchy and stay with you long after the album has finished. The guys swap in and out from hard rocking to more melodic AOR with ease and back again.
The opening track Garden Of Eve rocks hard; while the catchy as hell Black Widow is bathed in keyboards; the huge ballad with beautiful vocals Save The World makes the album 3 for 3 in the killer song stakes.
I can't pinpoint why, but I'm not really into the jerky beat of I Need You Forever, but the fast rocking, hard driving Save Me makes up for that.
Another classy ballad follows in the form of A Chance For Us, while the huge Let It Rock is what should have formed the foundation of the last Silent Rage album.
A third classy power ballad Angel In The Starlight slows things down before the old-school 80s rock of Hold On impresses further. The hard rocker Little Angel continues the catchy memorable line of songs on the album while things come to a close with the mellower acoustic driven ballad Wishing Well.
A very enjoyable and well written album that is also well produced and well performed. A step back in time without sounding dated, this is a must for all fans of Paul Sabu, Jesse Damon and Silent Rage.
Lords of Metal Review
SEPTEMBER 27, 2013