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Walk The Sky

by Walk The Sky

Melodic/Commercial/Heavy/Hard/AOR Rock w/Lightning guitar riffs, bombastic drums, melodic vocal harmonies and driving bass abound is Walk The Sky. Their music is reminiscent of West Coast commercial hard rock bands of the 80’s, with a hint of 70’s.
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1. Castles In The Sand
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2. Lay It On The Line
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3. Don't You Know What Love Is
Touch
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4. Snake Eyes
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5. Always Remember
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6. Face To Face
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7. Make Up Your Mind
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8. Touched By You
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9. Heart Of Stone
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10. What You Need
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11. Love Comes Down
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From the opening riff it’s clear - old-school melodic hard rock is what Walk The Sky is all about.

Founded by Rick Hunter-Martinez (Soldier, Regime), Jeff Lemas (The Infinite Why, Claymation Horror Show), Rob Bonstin (PRESS, Ruffians) and Tom Young (Marshall Coleman, 500 Hats), Walk The Sky makes no apologies about the kind of music they play. Lightning guitar riffs, bombastic drums, melodic vocal harmonies and driving bass abound on their debut CD. From the opening riff of “Castles in the Sand”, to the brilliant vocal harmonies on the cover of the Touch classic “Don’t You Know What Love Is”, to the fading feedback of “Love Comes Down”, they never let up with the rich guitar tone and catchy melodies.

It began as the brainchild of Rick Hunter-Martinez from the ashes of Regime and Soldier, ˜80’s bands that Rick felt “the material was just too good to forget about”. Rick decided some songs needed to be given the full studio treatment and recruited the drum duties of his good friend Jeff Lemas. With a few gems from his previous bands and many new tunes as well, Rick and Jeff began crafting what would become this new CD. They enlisted the help of Rick’s old high school pal and studio virtuoso Tom Young, owner and president of Mohair Productions Studio.

Tom says “Come on over guys and let’s make a CD!” Rob Bonstin, fresh from recording the first PRESS CD at Mohair, was then recruited for vocal duties. “I was honored to be involved”. “I jumped at the chance to work with Tom again and work with Rick, who I knew in passing from his Soldier days”. What followed can only be described as magic.

After several months of recording at Mohair, Rick and Jeff took on the dubious task of mixing these songs at Final Mix Studios with Don Budd (Strata). World renowned Mastering Engineer, Ken Lee (Queen, U2, Eric Clapton), was then brought in to put the finishing touches on this disc.

Heavy, melodic, bluesy and always catchy, the music is reminiscent of West Coast commercial hard rock bands of the ˜80’s, with a hint of 70’s. Rick’s fast-as-lightning soloing highlights the tracks, while Tom and Jeff keep to heavy grooves and rock solid rhythms. Rob’s vocals are extremely melodic with lots of background harmonies. Hooks abound in the songs that flow from heavy, shredding riffs to bluesy grooving with a few moments of clean, slow balladry.

Fans of fist-in-the air anthems and infectious melody will not be disappointed.

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Hardrock Haven


They play the kind of music that was huge in the '80s, with blazing guitar riffs and solos, thunderous drums and a heavy and intricate bass end, but the vocals will pretty much blow you away. Singer Rob Bonstin sings with skill and passion, he's got a hell of a range, and he may be the loudest voice ever recorded on disk. It's almost like he can barely contain himself on this release, and that energy vibes through every track. With "Always Remember", the drumming by Lemas impresses the most on this track, but the intricacies and moods the song conveys is stellar as well. You will think of an older Queensryche semi-ballad at times when listening to this track, about as big a compliment as you can give. "Heart of Stone" pretty much tears your head off. Hunter-Martinez is FAST, and you'll be thinking of George Lynch from the opening riff. This is the best track on the disk, and everything about "Heart of Stone" is what they do best. It has fast, precise guitars with a wicked solo; big harmonies; brilliant vocals; and basically rules the roost. The only solo on the disk better than this one is in the last track, "Love Comes Down." This is the kind of band who could help exhume the melodic rock genre and bring it back to the mainstream. Give them a try, and if you are a major label, give them more than that.
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Shipwreck Island Studios


One of those lost gems, this album has that classic raw feel. There isn't any big name members or big labels pushing the promotion for Walk The Sky as they are Indie and should be proud of it. This album had it been released in the mid-80's would have in my opinion had some hit singles and even a few music videos. An amazing band that more people should look into. Walk The Sky shows what was good with music and how it can be applied today and bring back the sound that we all truly love. Amazing work gentlemen!
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Shipwreck Island Studios


One of those lost gems, this album has that classic raw feel. There isn't any big name members or big labels pushing the promotion for Walk The Sky as they are Indie and should be proud of it. This album had it been released in the mid-80's would have in my opinion had some hit singles and even a few music videos. An amazing band that more people should look into. Walk The Sky shows what was good with music and how it can be applied today and bring back the sound that we all truly love. Amazing work gentlemen!
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Shipwreck Island Studios


One of those lost gems, this album has that classic raw feel. There isn't any big name members or big labels pushing the promotion for Walk The Sky as they are Indie and should be proud of it. This album had it been released in the mid-80's would have in my opinion had some hit singles and even a few music videos. An amazing band that more people should look into. Walk The Sky shows what was good with music and how it can be applied today and bring back the sound that we all truly love. Amazing work gentlemen!
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Metal To Infinity


Walk The Sky's debut is a blend of genius, old school inspired US Hard Rock / Metal music served on a clean plate fulfilled with brilliant elements. What I've heard is nothing else but music that hits me real deep. Walk The Sky came like a thief in the night, surprises me right away and deserves a place on top of my favourite US Hard Rock / Metal bands. An independent release with such great talents on board, i think it's time for some people to open up their eyes and gives these guys a fair chance signing a record deal quickly, i mean real fast. humbs in the air for Walk The Sky, a US formation with talent and future possibilities!! MY POINTS: 94 / 100
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Sea Of Tranquility


It takes balls for an American band to make Eighties-style, arena-sized hard rock these days. That said, the guys in California’s Walk The Sky, refugees of Eighties bands like Soldier and Regime, must have balls of steel. This self-released, self-titled debut is packed with giant, catchy hooks that’ll have some listeners rejoicing and leave others looking for another CD — any CD. But guitarist and band founder Rick Hunter-Martinez makes no apologies for Walk the Sky’s sound, which is culled in part from unreleased Soldier and Regime songs — material “just too good to forget about,” he says in Walk the Sky’s press info. About half of the songs on this album are absolute scorchers, crisply wrapped in heavy riffs, soaring vocals, huge drums and mighty choruses. “Castles in the Sand,” “Lay It On the Line,” the 9/11 ode “Always Remember,” “Make Up Your Mind” and the Touch cover “Don’t You Know What Love Is” will take you back to the Eighties and even the late-Seventies with echoes of Dokken and Angel. Other tunes are more generic, but all 11 songs are played with enviable enthusiasm and impressive chops, with mixing by Ken Lee (Queen, U2, Eric Clapton). Love it or leave it, Walk the Sky deserves kudos for sticking to its roots and releasing an album filled with pure melodic hard rock. 4/5 Stars
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Strutter Magazine


Here we have a sensational Melodic Hardrock release from California. The band is called WALK THE SKY and they play a pure 80s Hair Metal/Melodic Hardrockstyle with catchy choruses, melodic hooks, flashing guitarsolos, superb lead vocalwork and big time harmonyvocals in the style of the 80s sounds of DOKKEN, FIREHOUSE, STRYPER, SCORPIONS… I can’t believe these guys are independent, because what they show on their debut CD is of a very high class and finally we have something pure 80s that doesn’t sound dated, because it rocks big time. This CD simply blows away most of these so-called 80s releases on the major labels, because this WALK THE SKY is basically playing the perfect 80s Melodic Hardrockstyle. Songs like “Castles in the sand”, “Lay it on the line”, “Always remember”, “Face to face” and “Heart of stone” (cool 80s MALMSTEEN riffs) are really terrific catchy uptempo Melodic Hardrocksongs. Big surprise is the TOUCH cover “Don’t you know what love is” (one of the best songs of all times!!!), done very well with perfect vocals and harmonyvocals. The band is at their best during the uptempo rockers, because during the few slower songs, such as the groovy “Make up your mind”, “What you need” and the semi-ballad “Touched by you” the band sounds a little less strong, but nevertheless with the mentioned sensational uptempo Melodic Rockers, these guys deserve the prize for releasing the best independent release of 2005!
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Power Play Records


This i can call it a great surprise. A few weeks back I received this album from Walk The Sky, a band that comes from United States. From their cover i didn't know what to expect but when i heard the first track i was surprised by the music direction that they have chosen to follow. So you can expect from Walk The Sky great hard rock music with elements from great bands like Dokken, Firehouse and Scorpions. Especially if you like the 70s and 80s hard rock then for sure Walk The Sky is your band and in these eleven tracks you will adore the stuff from them. In the first two tracks the band give 100% of their abilities and they have made the best tracks in this album but generally the whole CD is really good with very interesting and well worked compositions. Also their ideas are remarkable and i can say that if you believe in Walk The Sky you will have found a new hidden diamond of hard rock side and i think that you should give them a try and you won't be disappointed.

SCORE out of 8.6/10 Antonis Maglaras
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AOR Dream Zones


As the band's own bio says they make no apologies about the music that they play , melodic hard rock full of harmony and melody and decidedly eighties in it's approach and you know what I salute them for it. An independent release available from the band themselves, this cd is full to bursting with songs that any of the hair bands of the day would be proud of , each containing enough hooklines to die for, I can see this at the top of many a hard rock fans shopping list. Castles In The Sand and the great Lay It On The Line open proceedings and with just these two songs the band lay out their intentions, which seems to be to play classy hard rock that has a catchy singalong choruses coupled with some superb musicianship, that they do this on every track can only enhance this bands reputation.

For further proof listen to the mid paced Always Remember, or the very Dokken like Face To Face ( which also has a bit of Stryper thrown in as well ), or the all out rock of Heart Of Stone great hook on this one, another thing that shows this band has guts as well as talent is the cover version of the mighty Touch's, Don't You Know What Love Is, any young band willing to try to record a song as iconic as this one, have for me the talent and the balls to go all the way. In summation then if eighties sounding hard rock full of harmony and great playing sounds good to you then give this young band a try, a nice start and a one to watch in the future I'm sure. 85/100
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Sacred Metal


Bereits nach wenigen Sekunden macht es "klick!" und man ist ein kleines bisschen verliebt. Verliebt in den schnörkellosen und geradlinigen Hard Rock, den die vier Kalifornier (unter anderem mit Rick Hunter-Martinez (Ex-Regime, Soldier) auf ihrem Erstling spielen. Man erinnert ein wenig an Lillian Axe meets straightere Divine Regale oder auch an die genialen Vox Tempus. Ihr merkt schon - trendy und modern klingt hier gar nichts, dafür gibt es noch echte Vocallines und Hooks, die wie gemacht sind für längere Autofahrten (probiert mal "Lay It On The Line"!) sowie schöne, erfrischend altmodische Soli. So soll es doch sein, oder?

Die Produktion ist ebenfalls schön erdig und keineswegs überproduziert, so dass man diese mit einem interessanten Artwork versehene Scheibe getrost all denen empfehlen kann, die es auch mal hardrockig mögen! Klasse Teil!
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