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REVELATION should bookmark one of the most challenging chapters of Journey's legendary career. Instead, the new album offers a lasting testament to Journey's legacy, and a striking glimpse of...

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REVELATION should bookmark one of the most challenging chapters of Journey's legendary career. Instead, the new album offers a lasting testament to Journey's legacy, and a striking glimpse of their brilliant future. The first album with lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, REVELATION is Journey running on no less than twelve cylinders, a fine-tuned offering that sounds every bit like a band hitting their stride. Yet Pineda hadn't even joined the band when the album's first songs were written in mid-2007, and founding guitarist Neal Schon is quick to admit, it wasn't always easy to stay optimistic when the band wasn't sure what the future held.

Pineda's discovery is already etched into Journey's lifelong musical history, as Schon scouted literally hundreds of singers via online video website YouTube before finding the band's new frontman. "When I heard Arnel, I knew I had found our singer and immediately called management," says Schon. "Next, I call Cain. And before we knew it, Arnel was on his way to the U.S. to audition. By the third day of full rehearsals with the band, it was a slam-dunk. Then, we proceeded into the studio where Arnel sang six Journey songs in one day. He sounded simply amazing. I looked at Cain and said, 'there he is. This is our guy.'" Cain agreed.

Not to be outdone, every member of Journey shines on REVELATION. Cain's keyboards elevate "After All These Years" to new emotional heights. "What I Needed" is a power ballad, driven by heavy guitars, reminiscent of the early Journey that so many bands have modeled themselves after. Deen Castronovo drums up a frenzy during the hard-driving rock song, "Wildest Dream." The talented Castronovo also sings most of the high harmonies heard throughout the album, proving that not only is he an amazing drummer, but he's a dynamic vocalist as well. Schon's smoking guitars rip through this track with a cool, eastern flavor. Bassist Ross Valory is steady throughout, a stabilizing force through the albums more driven highs and heartfelt lows. REVELATION: The album to look for. The future looks bright once again.