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Cornerstone - Two Tales Of One Tomorrow

Published March 06 2007

=Staff's pick

One Mans Hell*
Mother Of Mercy
Two Tales Of One Tomorrow*
Starlight And Mystery*
The Dance
We Are The Dead

Genre Classic Hard Rock
Doogie White
Tracks 10
Kasper Damgaard
Runningtime 55 Min.
Label Massacre Records
Steen Mogensen
Release 23 Feb. 2007
Allan Sørensen
Country Denmark/England
Rune Brink
Similar artists Rainbow, Deep Purple, Royal Hunt

Danish band Cornerstone was originally set out to be a one album solo effort by Steen Mogensen, (ex-Royal Hunt) with hired vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen). However, with the interest for the band and the collaboration working so well, Cornerstone soon turned into a proper band. The debut Arrival saw the light of day in 2000 and now it is time for the fourth release of this band whose line-up is completed by Allan Sørensen (Royal Hunt) Kasper Damgaard (Mike Tramp) and Rune Brink (Wuthering Heights).

Two Tales Of One Tomorrow is an album that sticks immediately, there is no need to listen to it several times in order for the album to grow as the classic hard rock from Cornerstone is delivered with a direct approach. The album starts with an up-tempo beat in the track Misery, which is a clashing opener that ought to please fans of Deep Purple and Rainbow. What strikes you is the high level of musicianship the band possesses, everything is done by perfection, all the way from the individual performances to the very tasteful arrangements, and is all done with a lot of heart. The album continues with One Mans Hell that is a groovy piece where Rune Brink brings out an organ sound from keyboard that gets the song pumping in true Purple manor, something that is present in many of the songs.

Doogie White is one helluva vocalist, he is similar in style to both Ronnie James Dio and Joe Lynn Turner, and he does not only have a great voice that is perfect for the Cornerstone music, but he also sings with a great deal of conviction. He has a past with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and sung on the Stranger In Us All album from 1995, and that is an album that you can draw some parallels to while listening to Two Tales Of One Tomorrow. Especially with the title track in particular, which is a stand out track that rises above the rest with a galloping pace and some outstanding guitars in a true Ritchie Blackmore vein. Blinded is a weaker track on the album, as the ballad does not impress me very much, but like with everything on this album it is so damn tastefully done. Even if the song itself is pretty standard it rises by the bands performance and arrangements. Even though the album tends to fall a bit with the ending three songs, it holds a high quality straight through and the level is very even on Two Tales Of One Tomorrow.








8 chalices of 10 - Thomas

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