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War & Peace
The Walls Have Eyes
Z Records
Produced By: Jeff Pilson

Running Time: 59.40

Release Date: Out Now

Released: EU

Musical Style: Modern Melodic/Hard Rock

Links: Jeff Pilson
86%
Songs: 85%
Sound: 87%
I'm glad I gave this album some time to grow on me I'm a fan of Pilson, but don't necessarily love everything he does. He has a good ear for more updated, modern tones which is something I'm not always into.
The new War & Peace album is the same. Much like Pilson's last project Lynch/Pilson, The Walls Have Eyes is a modern rock themed album, with darker, heavier rock than the lighter stadium rock of Dokken.
But where this differs from Lynch/Pilson, I think the songs are better and just that little bit more memorable. Let's be blunt this album rocks big time and any fan of Pilson's work in general will already own this record and appreciate it.
For others it might need sampling first. There's a certain 70's flavoured Zeppelin vibe to a few tracks, but generally the music centers on a tuned down, dark and heavy modern rock feel.
But Pilson's song writing and vocals tend to have a melodic effect on the otherwise heavy material, making it more appealing.
I wasn't into this release at all to start with, but it's one of those albums that just gets better each listen and in the end I rather like it and rate it just a little better than the Lynch Pilson release.
That said, you will still have to be a fan of darker, modern tones to fully appreciate this.
The Bottom Line
Regardless of style and design, quality songwriting can be detected easily and Jeff Pilson is a fine songwriter. This album further proves that point, even if it's a shade darker and heavier than his bets known past. A fine example of modern melodic hard rock.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
War & Peace
The Flesh & Blood Sessions
Lynch/Pilson
The Walls Have Eyes

Line Up
Promo: Not listed

Essential for fans of:
Jeff Pislon
Underground Moon
Track Listing
Calling*
Reflections*
City In Flames
The Walls Have Eyes*
Stranger In My Own Land
Rock And Roll Breakdown*
No One Is Listening
You Haunt Me
The Shell
Black In The Mirror
Desperate Hearts
The Line In The Sand
Finale
Walk Away
--*Best Tracks


14/08/04: Todd Carper - metalhead7@msn.com
Rating: 82
Jeff Pilson is a VERY talented singer, it is a shame that he has not been able to showcase that particular talent until War and Peace as well as the Lynch/Pilson release. That said, I imagine we might not know him at all had he not been in Dokken. My one complaint with the War and Peace CD's, it seems like Jeff is trying to stay as far from the Dokken sound as possible. The Flesh and Blood Sessions was at least in the ball park of his Dokken days, and while he does not necessarily want to be a Dokken clone, why not embrace or improve on the sound that brought him to our attention in the first place. On to the matter at hand, the Walls have Eyes. 2 Songs really stand out for me, Desperate Hearts and the Dokken classic done Orchestral style Walk Away. Jeff absolutely nailed both tracks with a passion and upbeat style that is absolutely from his Dokken roots, but is actually an improvement on Walk Away. The other songs are all solid, but none of them are as memorable for me as Desperate Hearts and Walk Away. Jeff, you can do ballads man, embrace them!!! The Great thing about the current state of what was Dokken is now we get 4 products from the ashes of that band (Current Dokken, Lynch/Pilson, War and Peace, and the latest Lynch Opus Furious George) and in my book 4 is always better than one. Pick up the European version of the Walls have Ears so you get Walk Away, you won't regret it!! Jeff, please keep them coming man, you have a super voice!

05/07/04: Freddy De Keyzer - freddydekeyzer@hotmail.com
Rating: 68
Decent hardrock record, nothing more, nothing less. More classic than modern ! Good, but not stunning at all. There are much better things out in the 'same vein' : Axel Rudi Pell, Pink Cream 69, TNT, Feinstein, Pyramaze, Hellfueled,Primal Fear,Voodoo Hill, Tim Donahue & Madmen &Sinners, Force Of Evil, Edguy etc. etc. Go fo these !


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