Cooper, DC - DC Cooper

Year of Release: 1999
Label: InsideOut
Catalog Number: IOMCD037SPV 085-31552CD
Format: CD
Total Time: 53:10:00

This is ex-Royal Hunt singer DC Cooper's first solo CD. This guy has really made a name the last years due to the successes of Royal Hunt and his contribution on some compilation discs such as The Explorer's Club. But most of all, DC has been getting recognition because of his vocal talents which are unquestionable. This CD was released a while ago but as I hadn't yet reviewed this glorious CD and InsideOut America being so nice to send me promos, it's about time to throw some light on this CD.

Cooper has teamed up with Alfred Koffler (g), Dennis Ward (b), and Kosta Zafiriou (d) - all of Pink Cream 69 fame, as well as guitarist Tore Østby (Conception, Ark) and keyboardist Günter Werno from Vanden Plas. So tell me, with this line-up, can anything really go wrong? Of course not. What we get here is an awesome slice of pure melodic metal at its very best. When opener "Dream" kicks in you already know that you are in for a winner. Besides the talents of the individuals, this CD has it all. Huge, powerful guitars, superb melodic solos, soaring, powerful vocals, great keys, fat bass and pounding drums. The songs are possessing superb memorable and accessible melody-lines and choruses. The arrangements and songwriting are very good, and on top of that, a top notch production with depth and crispness. Of the 12 songs offered, only a couple fall through as not as good as the other songs. These songs are not bad in any way. But compared to the other killer songs, they can't reach the same level of excellence.

Fans of these guys respective bands and the melodic heavy genre should not be without this CD. This is easily a masterpiece and one of the best CDs of 99. A true gem!

Released in North America by InsideOut Music America (IOMACD 2005)

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]
Dream (3:52) / Easy Living (2:35) / The Angel Comes (5:32) / Until The End (4:40) / Within Yourself (3:40) / Three Generations (4:26) / Chained (1:31) / Freedom (6:18) / Take Me In (3:49) / Forgive Me (3:39) / Whisper (4:11) / The Union (8:47)

D C Cooper - vocals
Alfred Koffler - guitars
Tore Østby - guitars
Dennis Ward - bass
Kosta Zafiriou - drums
Günter Werno - keyboards

DC Cooper (1999)

Genre: Melodic Metal

Origin US

Added: December 8th 2004
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
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