Craig Goldy's Ritual
Craig Goldy's Ritual - Hidden in Plain Sight (Grand Slamm) 1991
1. "Eye for an Eye"
Craig Goldy is most known as the guitarist who took over the guitar spot in Dio after Campbell split. "Hidden in Plain Sight" is his first solo albums and features many guest artists including David Glen Eisley who use to be in House of Lords with Craig. This CD sports one of the worst album covers ever, Goldy's Ritual is glossy, flashy melodic heavy metal. "Hidden in Plain Slight" is slightly heavier House of Lords although not as heavy or dynamic as Dio. Of the twelve tracks included, I prefer the first five with David Glen Eisley behind the mic. His smooth voice fits the music perfectly. Vocalist Mike Stone does a commendable job on the remaining tracks as well, but I prefer David's voice. Gold's solos are certainly a highlight on this disc. Just check out the shredding "Hidden in Plain Sight" or the guitar solo that end out "Over and Over". However, to be quite honest, overall I felt the songwriting on this CD just wasn't very memorable and just doesn't jump out and grab me at all, even after several listens.