REVIEW: TOM KEIFER – “Rise”
Hard rock and metal music fans, keep an eye on September 13th, 2019 as that is the release date for, ‘Rise’, Tom Keifer’s latest album of rock and roll goodness.
Tom Keifer is a prolific songwriter and has enjoyed massive success as the lead singer of Cinderella. Having dominated the radio airwaves for years, Tom Keifer knows how to craft songs and with ‘Rise’, we get 11 songs that display Tom Keifer and his band’s talents. Tom Keifer’s first solo album, ‘The Way Life Goes”, was released in 2013 and later rereleased in 2017 as a deluxe edition. So, it’s great to have some more new tunes from the gritty vocal wonder that is Tom Keifer.
Having gone through numerous vocal cord surgeries, the fact that Tom Keifer can even talk is a miracle but the true miracle is hearing Tom Keifer sing and belt out those songs. There are several slower paced songs on this album that ooze emotion and touch your soul as Tom’s raspy vocals rumble out on tunes like, “You Believe In Me”, “Waiting On The Demons” and “Taste For The Pain”. The album has a nice balance of slow and upbeat songs to keep the listening experience engaging.
One of my favorite songs is “Life Was Here”, the combination of vocals and driving drum beat make this song appealing. Other songs on the album that rock is, “Touching The Devine”, “Hype”, “All Amped Up” and “The Death Of Me”, which has already been released and has a music video to support it as well.
Tom Keifer has surrounded himself with some great talent. With Tony Higbee on lead guitar and vocals, Billy Mercer on bass guitar, Jarred Pope on drums, Kory Myers on keyboards and backing vocals from Kendra Chantelle and his wife Savannah Keifer. The Tom Keifer Band is built to rock your socks off and roll through your soul.
“Rise” is a fine collection of work that gets better and better each time I listen to it. The time and dedication Tom Keifer puts into keeping his voice in prime shape to deliver powerful vocal performances are second to none and you’ll hear that dedication all throughout the “Rise” album. Tom and his bandmates should feel very happy about what they created as I’m sure the fans are going to really enjoy the riffs and harmonies this album provides.