Deviating a bit here from the progressive rock or fusion category, Westworld is a darn good recording from a team of New York based rockers who adhere to tight, hard edged and focused ensemble work coupled with refreshingly melodic compositions. Aided by a good, clean production and strong compositions such as the opener, “Illusions” where vocalist Tony Harnell displays good range while also overdubbing the harmony vocals, the boys rock on to their heart’s content. The composition titled, “Pidgeon Hole” should enjoy radio airplay, presumably on the college circuit. Here, we are treated to pleasant, memorably melodic choruses from Harnell and guitarist Mark Reale as the driving straight four pulse sets the stage for Harnell’s clear toned vocals. The men also churn out an alluring electric/acoustic ballad titled, “Heart Song” featuring Harnell’s poignant, crisp vocals and well-stated lyrics. “Shame” is powerful along with some good riffs yet the band exhibit a good degree of professionalism as they avoid stepping on each other’s toes. – No one steals the show here! Hence, a true band effort! “Love You Insane” borders hard rock or metal, take your pick – yet the music is not bombastic as they convey a sense of innocence via passionate interludes and melodic invention.
”Westworld” may appeal to fans of the Blue Oyster Cult yet it becomes quite apparent from the onset that this band has a personality or mystique which separates them from most -run of the mill – bands you are likely to hear on the airwaves. It’s all about entertainment and good solid fun.......as this band aim to please without being pretentious or self absorbed. We wish them all the best! * * * 1/2
Tony Harnell; Lead and Harmony Vocals: Mark Reale; Guitars: Bruno Ravel; Bass: John O’Reilly; Drums and Percussion
Record Label: Spitfire Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock