Brazen Abbot - Guilty As Sin (SPV) 2003
1. "One Life To Live"
Superb, melodic, hard rock with some fantastic vocals throughout. Both Jörn Lande and Joe Lynn Turner are known for their quality vocals, but all three vocalists actually sound fantastic and work well with Kotsev's songwriting. "Guilty As Sin" has some other impressive musicians as well including John Leven, Ian Haughland and keyboardist Mic Michaeli (Europe), Göran Edman (Talisman) and Göran Edman (Talisman, John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen). Of course Joe Lynn Turner is of Rainbow and Deep Purple fame while Jörn Lande (is known for his work with Masterplan, Ark and his own Jorn. Comparisons here would be to 80's Deep Purple and Whitesnake. As with those bands, the songs are generally guitar driven but given plenty of help from the 'ol Hammond organ. The comparison become even more true when Turner is behind the mic.
Brazen Abbot - My Resurrection (Frontiers) 2005
1. "My Resurrection"
Brazen Abbot's "My Resurrection" is a very melodic affair that runs the gamut from progressive, neo-classical to straigh forward AOR. Several great vocalists really add some pizzaze to this CD, including Joe Lynn Turner on tracks 1,4,7,10, Goran Edman on tracks 2,5,9,12 and the most excellent Tony Harnell vocals on tracks 3,6,11. Speaking of Tony, several of the songs on this disc, including "Another Day Gone" that Tony sings on have a distinct TNT sound to them. Band ringleader and guitarist Nikolo Kotzev can shred with the best of 'em, but is also a very capable songwriter. Many guitar shredders tend to write songs focusing on technique over form. Brazen Abbot is an excellent blend of both technique and form.