Revolution Saints: Revolution Saints

AOR supergroup led by Journey’s singing drummer.

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2015 is shaping up to be a great year for melodic rock. Brilliant new albums from Toto and FM are coming soon. And first, the debut from Revolution Saints, the side-project of Journey’s Deen Castronovo, Night Ranger bassist/vocalist Jack Blades and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich.

Castronovo is both drummer and lead vocalist. His voice is so good that he usually sings a couple of songs during Journey gigs. But in Revolution Saints, he takes centre stage.

The music itself is AOR in the classic tradition, with Castronovo sounding uncannily like former Journey frontman Steve Perry on the powerful anthem Back On My Trail and the beautiful finale In The Name Of The Father.

Journey’s guitarist Neal Schon and current singer Arnel Pineda are guest stars, the latter featuring on the album’s best track, You’re Not Alone. But this, undoubtedly, is Castronovo’s album, where he emerges as a great singer in his own right./o:p

Paul Elliott

Freelance writer for Classic Rock since 2005, Paul Elliott has worked for leading music titles since 1985, including Sounds, Kerrang!, MOJO and Q. He is the author of several books including the first biography of Guns N’ Roses and the autobiography of bodyguard-to-the-stars Danny Francis. He has written liner notes for classic album reissues by artists such as Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy and Kiss, and currently works as content editor for Total Guitar. He lives in Bath - of which David Coverdale recently said: “How very Roman of you!”