There are many sides to Pamela Moore, as is evidenced by her musical catalogue. She has dipped her toes in the waters of quite a few styles of music, including hard rock, pop, and electronica, particularly on her 2006 release Stories From a Blue Room. But there was something she hadn’t done yet that she always wanted to…make a metal record. So forget toe-dipping, Pamela has put both feet firmly in the raging waters of metal with her new album Resurrect Me, a guitar-driven, groove-laden disc that I am thoroughly enjoying. She wrote it with Michael Posch, and got heavyweights Jeff Loomis (Sanctuary, Nevermore), and Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) to come in and shred on it. It is a perfect blend of then and now.
We open with the sinister “Aquiescent”, a song that is the musical equivalent of “It was a dark and stormy night…” in a mystery novel. You can feel the lightning swirling all around on this one, and that’s just the beginning. “Melt Into You” is riff-heavy with just the right touch of programming to give it that extra something while alternating between clean and dirty guitars. The video for “Paranoia” was shot in an old building that totally suits the song. It’s a haunted place, something no one knew while filming, but it fits the mood perfectly. You couldn’t ask for a better situation.
“We Are Damaged” is one of the most straight ahead metal tracks on the album, with bass-heavy verses and power chord hooks. After all this uptempo madness it’s time to shift gears for title track “Resurrect Me”. At least that’s what we’re meant to think. It starts off as a slow, haunting song featuring a church bell, and the band doesn’t come in for almost two minutes. Then, the fog lifts, and the song takes on new life, Pamela‘s voice pleading over the guitars and drums, the backup vocals adding just the right blend of majesty and fear.
“The Sky Is Falling” represents the most modern-metal sound on the record, before giving way to my absolute favorite song “Awakening”. Hauntingly beautiful, operatic, and featuring an out-of-this-world solo from Jeff Loomis to go with Pamela‘s amazing vocals, this is a song that made the hair on my arms stand up and I couldn’t hear it again fast enough! Mercifully, she gives us time to recover by slowing the tempo again on “Breaking Down”. Another beautiful song.
Ya know, most albums suffer from the first half being great, and the second half fizzling out, but that’s not the case here. If anything, the album starts off great, and then gets even better on these last few tracks, like “Desperate By Design”. It’s fast, and the guitars and drums are full throttle, and was one of the songs my son, Mini-Amps, was rockin’ out to in the car yesterday! Closer “Wide Awake (Phoenix Rising)” takes us out with an almost hypnotic tribal drum beat that evokes images of conjuring the spirits around a bonfire and unleashing them on an unsuspecting world. A perfect way to end things. Now all I can do is hope for a tour, because I can’t wait to see these songs brought to life on the stage.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Awakening:, “Breaking Down”, “Desperate By Design”, “Resurrect Me”