Ronnie Romero, the Chilean vocalist who’s been part of many great bands such as Lords of Black, Rainbow, Elegant Weapons, The Ferrymen, and so on, returns with his new solo album, showcasing his exceptional vocal range and his ability to navigate a variety of musical styles with finesse.
“Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters” is Romero’s first attempt at original songwriting, and it pays homage to his hard rock and heavy metal heritage in general. On this album, Ronnie has by his side Andy C. (Ozzy Osbourne, Coney Hatch, Electric Boys, GUN) on drums, Jose Rubio (Angel Rubin, Evil Hunter, Galilea) on guitar, Francisco Gil (Nova Era, Isaac Palón) on keyboards, and Javier García (Nova Era, ex-Lords of Black) on bass. I guess no one can complain with a line-up such as this, huh?
Musically, this solo album is an excellent blend of hard rock and heavy metal. At times, Dio, as well as bands such as Judas Priest, Black Sabbath (Dio era), and Whitesnake, will come to mind. The production is punchy, dynamic, full, and contemporary. Andy C., along with Romero, are responsible for the production. Andy also handled the recording, mixing, and mastering… and he did a hell of a job!
Romero’s powerful vocals soar from the first track, implying what’s to come. The thundering guitar riffs and pulsating drums provide an excellent backdrop for Ronnie’s raw emotional delivery, laying the groundwork for an intense and emotional journey. Ronnie’s vocal performances are simply amazing! It’s no surprise that he’s regarded as one of the best vocalists of our time. I do like the fact that he sounds more relaxed, less restricted, and more genuine on this album.
Romero’s songwriting is straightforward and expressive throughout the album. He bares his soul, sharing his deepest thoughts and emotions with a refreshing and sensitive rawness.
“Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters” is an impassioned and personal statement by Ronnie Romero, demonstrating his artistry as both a vocalist and songwriter. Ronnie’s fans, as well as hard rock and heavy metal devotees, should check out the album asap.