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Murad Prokhorov
Murad Prokhorov

Rik Emmett Then Again

Only a few weeks ago, at my local record store, we were discussing the merits of Canadian rock band, Triumph. We wondering whatever happened to them, and as with many bands from their era, would they ever reunite for one last time. Nearly 20 years have passed since Rik Emmett left the band and there is no rumor of a reunion. However, Mr. Emmett has been very active on his own. Airtime is the highly anticipated collaboration between Rik Emmett (Triumph) and Michael Shotton (Von Groove). 'Liberty Manifesto' represents several years of creative and intense songwriting from these two fine musicians. Emmett, of course, supplies the guitar work and vocals with fine results. Shotton handles the drums and various keyboards, and then jumps behind the console to pursue some skillful production. The result is an extraordinary work of melodic hard rock spiced with some progressive elements.

rik emmett then again


From the opening moments of 'Edge Of Your Mind,' you know that you are onto something very creative. Emmett's vocals are masterful and mature as is his guitar work. 'Midnight Black & Blue' turns things up a notch with a heavy blues feel. If you were hoping for shades of Triumph circa 2007 (or maybe 20 years earlier), then you may find some noticeable characteristics in the song 'Liberty.' So, far in the first three songs, you have a marvelous mixture of sounds and textures. It only gets better. Both 'Find Your Way' and 'River Runs Deep' are simply catchy melodic rock where Emmett sounds as smooth as seven year old single malt scotch pouring into a glass. Then you have a cut like 'Code 9' which traverses many boundaries sounding like blues in one moment, funk in another, and then again, classic melodic hard rock. This merely displays the genius of Shotten and Emmett. On 'Rise' Mr. Emmett provides us with some of his most enthralling licks. 'Moving Day' may be the finest cut on the album. This is definitive AOR, smooth and satisfying. As we near the end, 'Transmutation' is a fine instrumental proving once again why Emmett is an exceptional guitarist.

That's the message and catchy refrain of Tears Are Not Enough, a song recordedon Feb. 10, 1985 by more than 50 of Canada's top stars performing under thename Northern Lights. The song is Canada's contribution to a worldwide effort toassist victims of a devastating famine in Ethiopia.

After the trial, however, reports by the semi-official Fars News Agency on September 30 indicated that the charges against Nadarkhani have since changed and the pastor is now charged with rape and extortion. "This issue has nothing to do with his abandoning his religion," reported Fars.

He has violated the Hadith and insulted Islam. This is his punishment and it is right with the Scripture of Mohammed (PBUH). If he chooses not to embrace the Truth, then he will suffer the consequences. So says the law of the One True God.

The clerics in Iran justify their power by using religion (islam) so any other form of religion is seen as a direct threat to their rule. If they cant control you by saying their word is the word of God, then you wont listen to them. It has nothing to do with the religion itself, but the way in which people use religion to justify power.


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