Feinstein - Third Wish (Magic Circle Music/SPV) 2004
David "Rock" Feinstein is the brainchild of Feinstein, where the band obviously gets it's name. Formerly of legendary metalband The Rods and before that, Elf where he played lead guitar with his cousin, Ronnie James Dio. So what of the new release? Well despite a rather silly looking cover, there is some serious heavy metal on this platter. Mr. Feinstein can still play a mean guitar lick. Actually, this cover art is a bit of a shame because it looks like something from some keyboard laced, European power metal outfit, which doesn't really represent this band's sound at all. "Third Wish" leans much closer to traditional American heavy metal. I think fans of his former band, the Rods will probably be pleased with this album, as well as anyone into riff heavy, mid-paced, metal anthems. Of course I count myself in that crowd. Some of the riffs reminded me of past greats. "Far Beyond", for instance, has a chugging guitar riffs that reminds me of Dio's "Holy Diver". Likewise, "Live To Ride, Ride To Live" could easily have been part of Saxon's repertoire. Vocalist John West (Artension/Royal Hunt) does a phenomenal job as well. His smooth, clean voice fits into this puzzle perfectly and adds a lot of appeal to the overall sound. The production is clear and recalls the glory days of bands like Priest, Saxon and Dio thanks to Mr. Joey DeMaio (Manowar). The overall mix and recording values really add to the traditional feel of the disc. So, while "Third Wish" may not be breaking any new ground, it is still a very enjoyable heavy metal platter for those into classic heavy metal. I liked it so much I played it twice on the same day, the very same day I received the disc in the mail. That doesn't happen to often with me.