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AIRTIME Liberty Manifesto Escape (2007)

In essence, Airtime are a duo featuring Rik Emmett of Triumph on vocals, as well as, all guitar duties along with Michael Shotton from Von Groove, providing keyboards, drums and backing vocals.

Amid much Internet speculation, the pair took over two years to write, record and finalise this release. Mainly due to respective hectic schedules, it's a long time coming but certainly well worth the wait. After an extended foray into the world of blues and jazz this is definitely a welcome return to the rock fraternity for one of Canada's most revered guitarists.

Opener, Edge Of Your Mind features some almost Santana like guitar playing over a Rush riff. A softer more pop-rock approach appears Journey like in Find Your Way. Moving Day is the albums slow number featuring some excellent vocal harmonies and a guitar sound perhaps more familiar on 70's prog albums but brought bang up to date with some hefty multi layering.

Whilst tracks such as Liberty, resplendent with some superb harmonies and the funky Code 9 hark back to the glory days of artists like Queen and Led Zeppelin respectively. They have certainly explored the whole spectrum of classic hard rock here, adding and mixing modern techniques, producing something, which should appeal to many.


Review by Dave Hunter

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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