The former Grey Lady Down members Steve Anderson (guit) and Martin Wilson (voc) have found a new field of activity with The Room. After the 2011 release of their promo single "A Casual Believer/A Multitude Of Angels" (both tracks included on the album), the quintet's debut album offers melodic rock with subtle progressive ingredients at a consistently moderate tempo. Even if the total of nine pieces move between seven and nine, they always remain in the proven song structure. So you can't expect any excitement in terms of suspense or originality here. On the other hand, the guitar solos are convincing in their variability and intensity. Some rather colourless songs are contrasted by appealing, finely arranged ballads ("Screaming Through The Noise"), some of which one would wish for more on this album. All in all, this recording seems too good to be able to keep up with sizes like Saga or Marillion. But what's not can still happen. You wish it on the fiver, anyway.
Top Track: Screaming Through The Noise