Now this is a match made in melodic rock heaven (which one can only assume looks a lot like the offices of Frontiers Records). Vocalist Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) and Eric Martensson (Eclipse, WET) have teamed up to deliver Mercury's Down, the first solo album for Hitchcock. Given Martenssen's role in the project (he wrote, produced and played all of the instruments on Mercury's Down), they probably could have picked a "project name" rather than calling it a Hitchcock solo album, but whatever you call it, the results are very impressive.
If you're familiar with Hitchcock's work in Pride of Lions, you already know he has tremendous power and range, but given that band's (understandable) tendency to write Survivor-style AOR, we haven't really heard Hitchcock cut loose in a more rocking setting. Martensson takes care of that right away, giving the singer an album full of bombastic melodic rock songs that take full advantage of his vocal range. The songs on Mercury's Down are driving melodic rockers with great hooks, infectious melodies, classic AOR keys and of course soaring, dramatic vocals. You get a few slower songs here and there, but there are enough pure rockers to make up for it. It's not far removed from the kind of material Martensson writes for Eclipse and WET, but there are also similarities to recent albums from Khymera, Airrace and even Journey.
Mercury's Down is a fantastic melodic rock album all around. Fans of Hitchcock's previous work in Pride of Lions and Martensson's work in Eclipse and WET will no doubt love this one, and it ought to appeal to just about fan of high quality melodic rock, both modern and classic.