For those like myself who thought that "Face-Off" is a debut release, well this is in fact the 3rd album by BISS. Like before, it's produced by ex-BONFIRE guitarist Michael Voss. A curious fact is that in each BISS album we find a different (lead) vocalist.
The style is AOR - melodic rock where the songwriting focus usually dominates over the technical aspect. Having said that, it is immediately obvious that the musicians in the BISS line-up are damn good at their job, particularly Doc Heyne (guitarist / founding-member). The songs themselves are reminiscent of bands such as BRAZEN ABBOTT, (early) SAXON, and BONFIRE.
This time around BISS have employed the vocal talents of KROKUS vox Marc Storace. It seems Marc's role is specifically limited to this recording and it isn't foreseen that Marc shall perform/tour or do further recordings with BISS - but of course who can really tell?
So is "Face-Off" any good? Well, while listening to the album I was occasionally left with an empty feeling, or put another way, I didn't get over-excited. But in reply to this question: 'yes' it's quite a good album as far as AOR goes. Although I haven't heard previous recordings (other than samples provided from the band's official website) I felt Marc's voice really raises the album's level. Beware anyone expecting KROKUS-style singing for he sounds very different here. In fact anyone who ever doubted this singer's versatility should check out "Face-Off" straight away.
My favourite tracks happen to be the two penned by Marc himself: 'Lady Of The Night' and 'Wiseman' - especially the former which is an incredible power-ballad. 'Rejected' and 'Calling' are 2 other cool songs.
In this genre of Rock, songs are often based around the lead voice and the aforementioned 'musical-chairs' of BISS' lead vocalists might have had repercussions on the songs. Anyway, if you're tired of bombastic technique and appreciate good, honest Classic Rock, "Face-Off" is one album you might not want to miss.
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