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Impressive shouter RONNIE ROMERO will release of his third solo album, ”Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters”, landing on September 15, 2023 via Frontiers Music. “Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters” marks the first time that Romero has been involved with 100% of the songwriting on an album he sings on. Romero also co-produced the album with Andy C., marking another first for Romero.
While these ‘firsts’ certainly add to the excitement for the album, it is the songs that truly take center stage. Romero’s voice is completely at home on this diverse, classic hard rockin’ set which is certainly going to please any fan of his vocal style and his work with his other bands.

Romero’s voice was a key component on albums by LORDS OF BLACK, SUNSTORM, THE FERRYMEN, CORELEONI, ELEGANT WEAPONS and numerous others. Oh, and he was RITCHIE BLACKMORE’s choice for the revived RAINBOW. That’s a pretty impressive resume by anyone’s standards, but Romero was always destined to have a solo career, and “Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters” is its true starting point.
After hedging his bets somewhat, with two albums of rock and metal covers, the singer has finally taken the plunge and made a record that represents him in his most natural habitat.
Pleasingly, these songs are rooted in traditional melodic metal / hard rock, with occasional theatrical flourishes and a neat line in penetrating, AOR hooks. As one might expect, Romero was born for this stuff and sings the absolute living crap out of each and every one of them.

The beating heart of this record is Romero’s songwriting partnership with guitarist Jose Rubio and drummer Andy C. “Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters” has been crafted to give the singer the best possible launchpad for that extraordinary voice, but with an absolute commitment to big choruses, blazing solos and crisp succinctness.
As a result, from the opening “Castaway On The Moon” onwards, the formula is near perfect, both for Romero and the necessary establishing of his solo career’s primary direction. Never less than floridly melodic, these are simply big, memorable songs. “Castaway…” comes out with all guns blazing, brandishing that melodic creed like a weapon of war. Romero always sounds great, but here he sounds liberated and rejuvenated.

“Mountain of Light” is the kind of song Ronnie James Dio would have nailed with aplomb — mid-paced, melodramatic and definitively metal — and the singer’s ability to sing at that same, preposterous level, landing every chorus with effortless skill, says it all.
The more measured and glossier stomp of “I’ve Been Losing You” sees Romero switch to the bluesy, soulful rasp he employed to such devastating effect onstage with Blackmore a few years ago. This time, he has a razor-sharp radio-rock chorus to sink his teeth into, JOURNEY-like keyboard stabs included.
In contrast, the title track is an out-and-out classic metal rager, with strong echoes of both DIO and JUDAS PRIEST and a deliciously pompous chorus.

As enjoyable as Romero’s two covers records (“Raised On Radio” and “Raised On Heavy Radio”) were, they lacked the authority that this, the real debut solo album, has in abundance.
Whether it’s the thuggish, post-METALLICA chugging of “Girl, Don’t Listen to the Radio”, the earthy blues hard rock groove of “Crossroad” or the cantering metal pop of “Not Just a Nightmare”, everything sounds heavy, punchy and passionate.
“A Distant Shore” offers a slight deviation from the shiny hard rock norm, with downbeat, alt-rock undercurrents and a surprisingly raw and vulnerable vocal; while “Chased By Shadows” and “Vengeance” bring the curtain down, with bonus unapologetic DIO vibes on the former and nuts-to-the-wall speed metal thrills on the latter. Romero sounds phenomenal on both.

Watching his career to date has been fascinating, but it’s time to get down to serious business. “Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters” has the songs, the smarts and, critically, the voice of a metal angel.
HIGHLY Recommended


1. Castaway On The Moon
2. Mountain Of Light
3. I’ve Been Losing You
4. Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters
5. Girl, Don’t Listen To The Radio
6. Crossroad
7. Not Just A Nightmare
8. A Distant Shore
9. Chased By Shadows
10. Vengeance

Ronnie Romero – Vocals
Andy C. – Drums
Jose Rubio – Guitar
Francisco Gil – Keyboards
Javier Garcia – Guitars


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