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  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Extra tracks
  • Label: Dream Catcher
  • ASIN: B00000GAYF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Chris Impellitteri is probably the fastest guitarist around with his only competition being that of Nitro's Michael Angelo or Joe Stump. He has released a steady stream of albums over the last decade or so and has been slammed as nothing more than a Malmsteen rip-off by the majority of the music press. Such comparisons were inevitable with his first major album 'Stand In Line' which featured Graham Bonnet on vocals where the songs were distinctly Malmsteen-ish at times. But now 12 years on from that album does the story still run true? Well the answer is generally no, sure their are a few Malmsteen traits scattered throughout the album [but then what neo-classical album hasn't?] but there is also a distinctly personal sound and style of song writing that lets you know this is Impellitteri.
Having paired up with vocalist Rob Rock a few albums previously the pair have built up a strong song-writing partnership. This album has great riffs and solos that are now a far cry from Mr Malmsteen with Chris's own style heavily to the fore. There is a strong religious slant running through the lyrics that although not really my bag still sound pretty good with their strong melody lines. The musicianship from the whole band is excellent and all in all it's a thoroughly enjoyable album. Well I cannot fault the first five tracks, the second half sees the quality drop off a little. Generally though this album is a fine 'power/neo-classical' metal album that contains superlative guitar playing and thoroughly satisfying vocals. The rhythm section is very strong and keeps the bottom end pumped with great power and precision. The majority of the album combines virtuosity and commercial punch throughout all the tracks on offer. Chris has obviously found a vocalist in Rob Rock with whom he can create and guarantee great result and I recommend this album whole heartily.
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Just an outstanding display of Metal music is on display here! Catchy, addictive sing a long blasters! Just ripping stuff! Impellitteri Kicks ass! Metal!!! J Counsell.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2015
By metalman69 - Published on Amazon.com
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EXCELLENT CD!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars ... it rate up with all Christian metal group I like the song warrior and the guitar jamming in the 9 Mar. 2015
By Laird M Delawder - Published on Amazon.com
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for a Christian metal group it rate up with all Christian metal group I like the song warrior and the guitar jamming in the song
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good record. Chris Impellitteri is an excellent guitar player 15 July 2014
By kellee c lehman - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good record. Chris Impellitteri is an excellent guitar player, and the songs are very good as well. Genre: metal. Highly recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer melodic metal album featuring Rob Rock 16 May 2009
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1997's Eye of the Hurricane was the seventh album from Impellitteri, the melodic metal band named for guitar superfreak Chris Impellitteri (a.k.a. the Christian metal Yngwie Malmsteen). Impellitteri is joined once again by vocal journeyman Rob Rock (the Christian metal Jeff Scott Soto, perhaps?).

I'm not usually a big fan of "guitar hero" albums. I enjoy some quality shredding as much as the next guy, but if the songwriting isn't solid, all the flashy solos in the world can't make it a good album. Fortunately Impellitteri is like fellow guitar wizard Axel Rudi Pell in that he writes some really good melodic metal songs that are more than just vehicles for his intricate solos.

There are some great rockin' songs on this one, with "Fuel for the Fire", "Kingdom Fighter" and the epic title track being the album's highlights. It's a surprisingly heavy, but very melodic album with some amazing vocals. Rob Rock really shines on this album, delivering what may be his best performance. This guy is such an incredible (and incredibly overlooked) vocalist.

As far as the lyrical content goes, these songs probably qualify as Christian, but only in a vague, open-to-interpretation kind of way. To me, that's a point in Impellitteri's favor, as the in-your-face Christian stuff can be a major turn off to those of us who are just looking for a good melodic metal album.

Eye of the Hurricane is one of the best Impellitteri albums I've heard so far, and should be an absolute winner to fans of Axel Rudi Pell, Yngwie Malmsteen, and previous work by Impellitteri and Rob Rock. Actually, it should please just about anyone who is into melodic hard rock and metal.

NOTE: Eye of the Hurricane was reissued in 2006 with digitally remastered sound and the Victim of the System EP added as bonus tracks.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More quality from Chris and the guys 24 April 2004
By M. Kell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Impellitteri back with one of the best voices in metal Rob Rock. Eye of the Hurricane is an excellent album in the mold of riffy Dokken. This album is more diverse than the previous album Screaming Symphony and better for it. 11 songs on the regular album with some grooving tracks, an acoustic ballad and some balls out speedy metal tunes. Kingdom Fighter, Shed Your Blood and Bleed in Silence are classic songs. If you like gritty, thick riffs, absolutely shredding solos and awesome passionate vocals then you'd do good to get this album.
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