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New Album Masters of Light
In August 1980, a young Cumbrian band called Bitches Sin made their first trip to a recording studio. Almost exactly 35 years later, Ian Toomey found himself in the live room once more, waiting for the cue to start playing, although this time he was working on the backing tracks for his second solo album ‘Masters Of Light’.
Masters of Light by Ian Toomey is now released and available to buy online
Read the reviews:
Review by Chris Mee in Fireworks' rock magazine (Spring Edition 2017)
...Ian Toomey's energy shines through in the guitar playing on every track.
The production and sound are first class...
This Is Rock (Spain) Masters Of Light - January 2017 - read more
Review by well known rock author and NWOBHM afficiando John Tucker..." www.johntuckeronline.co.uk - read more
his solo work continues to illustrate even to those with the most limited perception that he’s clearly a guitarist with something of value to say and this is the perfect vehicle with which to shout it out loud.
Read the latest 9.5 review by Toine van Poorten www.truemetalfan.org - read more
The new CD from IAN TOOMEY is a true beauty and I think it’s by far his best release ever.
Chris Forbes from www.metalcorefanzine.com has this to say:
This is the guitar player of Bitches Sin and wow what a freakin rock/metal release this is. From the 1st note to the last you will have that fist up in the air I assure you. This is just plain ass kickin rock n roll the way it used to sound back in the 80’s and now it is sounding that way in 2016. Bands these days have all that crappy groove or happy riffing in their music and this doesn’t, and I know it wouldn’t, and this sure does not disappoint. The production from Chris Tsangarides is right on the money and the vocals are perfect, like a tight pair of pants, and if you like classic rock n roll, and by that I mean real classic rock n roll this is a must have.
After three solo singles over the past few years Ian Toomey has taken the plunge and come up with his first solo album, ‘ASCENSION’. Backed by what is the modern-day Bitches Sin line-up, featuring a guest appearance by his brother Pete as well.
Instead of writing and rehearsing the album material before arriving at the studio to record, this time Ian decided to write in the studio, something he’d done successfully before with his second single ‘Never Alone’ (which is included on ‘Ascension’).
‘Ascension’ is full of delicious riffs and licks, weaving his magic as well as adding guitars and keyboards is Toomey’s long-term collaborator, friend and producer extraordinaire Chris Tsangarides.
Check out some of the reviews on my latest news page
What 'they' are saying about 'Ascension'
it’s a pretty damn fine debut album...
And last but by no means least, the album’s set closer and title track is a powerful tour de force, driven by Mills’ husky, evocative vocals, a repetitive refrain that’s impossible to shake from your head and an understated guitar solo that Ritchie Blackmore in his glory days would have been proud of. At six-and-a-half minutes the song truly dominates the album anyway, but it’s one of those tracks that you wish would just go on for ever.
For aficionados of the NWOBHM movement, the mention of the name Ian Toomey won't have you scratching your head in wonder. But for those of you whose knowledge of that period only stretches as far as the kingpins such as Diamond Head, Iron Maiden and Tygers Of Pan Tang, let me tell you you are in for a sumptuous treat if this album falls in your lap.
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Hairy Bikers Dave and Si liked the 'Ascension' album so much they played it on the 'Hairy Rock Show' on Planet Rock radio. Featured track was 'Very Soon Everyone's Leaving'...
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...the wonderfully fun and energetic ‘Superman’ is an out and out NWOBHM track and is really enjoyable. Its killer chorus will get stuck in your head for days; it’s a smile inducing number to rock out to.
Toomey’s first solo single –is little short of spellbinding
it’s a collection of no-frills hard rock songs of which the stomping bluesy ‘Survivor’ is the pick
Varied, energetic and well executed it has excellent production by Chris Tsangarides, who also handles the keyboard work, stunning guitar and a perfect singer who plays hard and with emotion.