Jay Parmar's NEW CD Review Circle Of Fire by Scott Thomas:
Jay Parmar returns with his sophomore studio release titled Circle of Fire on Steve Vai’s label Digital Nations. The album follows up his 2005 debut release, Strange Day. Circle of Fire has a total of 12 fiery songs, all of which preserves a unified feel even though there are different singers throughout the CD. As I'm sitting here, I soon realize what I'm listening to is awesome AOR hard rock w/ metal tendencies. I totally dig the catchy hammering riffs, pounding rhythms, lightening slick flashy guitar solos, kick-ass melodies and remember-able vocal harmonies.
And for you Melodic Rockers out there, Jay has something for you too. I miss this kind of music on the radio. Like with this tune called the “Test of Time”. The overall production, engineering and musicianship is top-notch and accomplished. Maestro Parmer’s fretwork is immaculate and doesn’t overplay. He gives each tune exactly the right touch with both his colorful rhythm playing and tasty guitar solos. His leads remind me allot George Lynch’s blazing style. Ok, Jay throws a little Warren DeMartini (Ratt) vibe in there too every now and again. However, Jay still keeps plenty of his identity with his vocals, musical song structures and sonic arrangements. My Favorite song is "Lost in You".
Highlights: “Hell Is The Place,” “Walking In Circles,” “Dragon,” “Circle of Fire”
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock