This is the sophomore release for the Proggy-influenced melodic rock band Pinnacle Point co-led by American singer Jerome Mazza and Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen.
Written by: Dave T
ARTIST: Pinnacle Point
ALBUM: Symphony Of Mind
LABEL: Escape Music
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
LINEUP: Jerome Mazza – vocals * Torben Enevoldsen – guitars * Rich Ayala – guitars * Howard Helm – keyboards * John F. Rodgers – piano * Takeaki Itoh – bass * Mark Prator – drums * Valeria Pozharitskaya – violin
TRACK LISTING: 01 Ascent To The Point * 02 So Alive * 03 Weight Of The World * 04 Hero * 05 Never Surrender * 06 In The Wake Of Hope * 07 Shadows Of Peace * 08 Beyond * 09 Nothing At All * 10 Prodigal * 11 Symphony Of Mind
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This is the sophomore release for the Proggy-influenced melodic rock band from Florida called Pinnacle Point, who are co-led by American singer Jerome Mazza and Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen (Section A, Fate).
The duo are supported by ex-Zon and Refugee keyboardist Howard Helm, violinist Valeria Pozharitskaya, Rich Ayala on guitars, bassist Takeaki Itoh, drummer Mark Prator (ex Autodrive) and John F. Rodgers on piano completing the lineup.
The sound achieved by Pinnacle Point is pristine, one of the warmest I have heard in a long time while Mazza’s technical performance is superb, he’s a dead ringer for Steve Walsh. In fact, all the individual performances are top notch, with a special mention to the drumming.
Best songs to these ears are the melodic hard rock of ‘Weight Of The World’ in which I detect a Rainbow flavor, and ‘Never Surrender’ with its superb chorus; followed by the one-two of the opening instrumental ‘Ascent To The Point’ and the proggy ‘So Alive’. All are within the first half of the recording, and I like it when they go for the melodies and a more personal style.
That said, the influence of Kansas onto Pinnacle Point, especially their classic era, is overwhelming. That’s not a bad thing per se, but for me the problem is the lack of enduring melodies.
I could hear the shadows of ‘The Wall’ (the Kansas song) in a good deal of the songs that start promisingly but fall short in the end. In addition to that, the performance lacks a certain ‘feeling’ to it, which made the hour-plus album laborious to listen to. Still, it’s worthy of a listen if you are inclined toward all things Kansas!
Weight Of The World
Symphony Of Mind