Deen Castronovo is a talent.
A little Frontiers Records project known as “Revolution Saints” is now four albums deep. The self-titled debut came out in 2015. Songs like “Back On My Trail”, “Locked Out Of Paradise” and “Way To The Sun” with Neal Schon led the way. I was also a fan of the excellent Eclipse cover, “How To Mend A Broken Heart”.
The sophomore album “Light In The Dark” hit the streets in 2017 with the excellent “Freedom” as the standout track.
Third album, “Rise” came out in 2020 and with the song “When The Heartache Has Gone”, they broke the million streams on Spotify. The trilogy of albums also saw the end of the first iteration of the band with the departure of Doug Aldrich and Jack Blades.
And then “Eagle Flight” landed in 2023.
Once I heard it, I had to write about it.
Joining Castronovo is Joel Hoekstra and Jeff Pilson. Two excellent musicians and songwriters with resumes to match.
But the main songwriter is Alessandro Del Vecchio again, the Max Martin, Jim Vallance and Desmond Child of Italy. according to my math, Del Vecchio’s song writing credits for Frontiers album releases would be a thousand plus. If it wasn’t for Del Vecchio, Revolution Saints wouldn’t exist.
With each song I will highlight the songwriters, to showcase the casting net that Frontiers President Serafino Perugino casts to get quality songs for his projects.
Written by Alessandro Del Vecchio, Francesco Savino and Rossella Moscatello. Savino and Moscatello are from the metal band False Memories, another Frontiers act, who released an album, “The Last Night Of Fall” in 2021.
This song is pure melodic rock with Castronovo’s tobacco stained Steve Perry like vocals.
Del Vecchio plays on this as well, delivering a stellar performance on the keys/piano.
Under the sky we will fly like eagles
Eagles are known for their strength, grace and ability to fly at great heights. Eagles are used to symbols of freedom, courage and vision. The phrase conveys a sense of freedom, power and soaring above our limitations. You can overcome obstacles, rise about your circumstances and experience a sense of exhilaration and triumph.
Our dreams are mirrored from our thoughts, grounded by a thousand hopes
Our dreams are a reflection of our thoughts and aspirations. Our minds project our desires and wishes into the world, creating a mental image or a “mirror” of what we hope to achieve. Each hope serves as a foundation, providing us with the strength and resilience to persevere through challenges and obstacles.
Talking Like Strangers
Written by Alessandro Del Vecchio and Joel Hoekstra and it’s a Hoekstra riff that kicks it off.
It’s got that major key vibe, and man that Intro solo from Hoekstra had me playing air guitar. Musically it sounds like a Firehouse song and I like it, as I think the first two Firehouse albums are excellent.
But the Chorus has that Euro Pop vibe. Almost ABBA like. And man, Castronovo hits some highs here.
Need Each Other
Written by Alessandro Del Vecchio and Italian pop songwriter Francesco Boccia.
Press play on it it.
And then stick around for the guitar solo from Hoekstra.
Kids Will Be Kids
Written by Alessandro Del Vecchio and Kristian Fyhr.
Fyhr is the vocalist in several Frontiers acts like Seventh Crystal and House Of Lords.
An almost funky like groove starts it off, but once the intro guitar lead kicks in, its melodic rock heaven.
Castronovo is again nailing the vocal melody.
We were too young to know, that grown ups never lie, kids will be kids no matter what
It expresses the idea that when we were children, we were naive and unaware of the fact that adults sometimes deceive or lie.
As children, we tended to trust adults completely and believed that they always spoke the truth. However, as we grow older, we come to realize that adults are fallible and capable of dishonesty.
And regardless of what children may experience or learn about the world, they will still behave like children. Children have their own unique perspectives, innocence, and tendencies to be playful, curious, and impulsive.
The nature of childhood remains constant despite any revelations or disillusionment that may occur as children become more aware of the complexities of the adult world.
In an interview with Goldmine Magazine, this is what Castronovo had to say about it:
“It still has the pop sensibility of Journey but with Joel and Jeff in the band I feel it is a bit heavier.
I grew up with heavy metal and I love playing songs with that kind of power.
Johnny Gioeli, the singer from Hardline, who Neal and I had been with in the early 1990s, produced my vocals for me. I have always admired Johnny’s vocals. He coached me on Zoom.”
I’ll Cry For You Tonight
Written by Alessandro Del Vecchio and Francesco Boccia.
It’s like a ballad, but it’s still got enough weight to rock. Blues rock that is.
Crime Of The Century
One of my favourite tracks on the album and it’s written by Anders Wikstrom who is/was the guitarist and songwriter in the Swedish hard rock band Treat for the band’s first three records. Since the late 80’s he has amassed a portfolio of close to 300 credits on Discogs.
That Chorus hook remains with me long after the song is finished. Castronovo is channeling his love of Paul Stanley.
Gotta break thru the walls
Just to find that my heart is still beating
The idea of perseverance and resilience in the face of challenges or difficult situations.
Are you determined to overcome obstacles in order to discover that you are still alive and capable of experiencing life?
Set Yourself Free
Written by Alessandro Del Vecchio and it feels like it came from Night Ranger aka “Why Does Love Have To Change?”
Just press play and enjoy.
Written by Alessandro Del Vecchio, Kristian Fyhr, Nikos Sofis and Saal Richmond. Sofis is a Greek songwriter/lyricist and Richmond is created the band IN-SIDE. If you like acts like Alan Parsons Project, Toto, Work Of Art and Europe then you will like IN-SIDE.
Jeff Pilson’s bass rumbles here perfectly locked in with Castronovo’s drums. It’s almost galloping.
Another favorite, just behind “Crime Of The Century”.
Written by Alessandro Del Vecchio and Francesco Boccia.
Castronovo is the highlight here, especially in the Chorus.
And Hoekstra nails the solo section.
Save It All
Written by Alessandro Del Vecchio, Kristian Fyhr and Stefano Mainini who also wrote songs for Sunstorm’s “Brother In Arms” album before this.
Hoekstra puts his stamp on this song. The guitars are phenomenal.
In most of the interviews I’ve read, Castronovo has said he doesn’t write lyrics and if it wasn’t for Del Vecchio, this project wouldn’t exist.
As a fan of Dokken and the song writing of Jeff Pilson, I would have loved to see some Pilson co-writes. Then again, the writers used here, have done a stellar job.