"You Choose" is the studio follow-up to the well-reviewed "I'm Talking To You" first effort by Hard Rock/Metal Rockers, Messenger. They have advanced in their artistry and skills by listening to A&R feedback and fan input to bring more modern guitar riffs, melodies, lyrics and vocals. Initial response has been positive:
In an HM Mag story, Steve Rowe says, “(You Choose) is ‘a HUGE leap ahead from the band’s debut "I'm Talking To You" in both song writing and production!” (Rowe Productions)
Messenger has grown as a band and found their footing with this album - concerning who they are and what musical direction they want to take. That has made for solid concepts of rhythms, beats, sounds and lyrical courage. All of which are paying off in respect and acceptance of industry participants:
Metal Pulse Radio DJ Dale Huffman says, "This new one is KILLER!!" "In my Top 5 CDs of the year! Just blows my mind!"
Messenger has challenged themselves too. There are guitar ideas Vlad brings to this project that aren't even approached in the latest modern hard rock and metal. And Frank really takes risks vocally that stretch his repertoire of a singer's bag of tricks.
"Guitarist Vlad Gurin and singer/songwriter Frank Clifton Herring have worked closely together to bring a new, fresh, progressive metal based sound. You Choose, when compared to the group’s first studio CD, has allowed Vlad more involvement in the song writing process due to the fact he had joined MESSENGER just as the first CD was finishing in 2008." (AngelicWarlord reviewing the single "End of Time")
The engineer from the first album four years ago, Paris Hollins, was asked to take the reins as Producer for this project. Co-producers Vlad Gurin and Frank Herring shared the idea of the new concept with him and Paris brought it to reality.
Vlad was also the main capture engineer at Studio Vovka in Springfield, VA. Additional Engineering by Christian Melkinson & Roy Richardson.
Producer Paris Hollins also handled the mastering at Studiohouse North in Churchton, MD.
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