VELOCITY: Impact A.O.R promo [Tape] 1996 Pat Torpey from Mr. Big drums
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Velocity was a great idea (melodic guitar-driven rock) at a very bad time (the mid-90). The idea behind Velocity was simple: make the kind of music that makes people want to turn up their stereos full-blast!
Velocity released two albums: “”Impact”” and “”Activator””. “”Impact”” was released in Japan, Europe and in the U.S. where it received widespread airplay thoughout the country…quite a feat at the time, as Clear Channel was on a buying spree and access to radio and independent-minded program directors was becoming extinct.
When “”Impact”” was released in 1998, the first single “”You Don’t Amaze Me Anymore”” was included on an Album Network sampler CD. This track caught the attention of PD Gary Michaels at K-ROCK in Salt Lake City. Despite being one of the newest stations in the market (and hence, having nearly the lowest ratings!) K-ROCK made “”You Don’t Amaze Me Anymore”” a breakout hit, and the song made it to #1 on the station playlist! As the single caught fire, demand for “”Impact”” in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area began to build, and the local record stores were soon contacting us asking where they could find copies of our album to sell! A great moment in any songwriter life.
“”Impact”” continued to sell (outselling Metallica latest release at that point) and Velocity traveled to Utah and played seven shows within the space of a year. The largest show was a second billing on the 1999 “”Rock Never Stops”” tour with Quiet Riot, Warrant and Slaughter at which Velocity performed in front of 1800 screaming fans, who by this time knew Velocity music as well as any of the other bands on the bill: “”Impact”” had now produced 3 #1 singles on K-ROCK: “”You Don’t Amaze Me Anymore””, “”Janine”” and “”Love Is Dangerous””.
Over in Japan, “”Impact”” was released to the typical buying spree in the first three days, then tapering off dramatically. By the end of the first week, “”Impact”” had made all the impact it was going to, selling just over 3300 copies. Even in Japan that considered low! But not at all terrible for a first album.
David Victor vocals, guitars
Chris Dodge guitars
Pat Torpey drums
What can I say about this album except that it rocks BIG time !! David Victor sure knows how to write a top quality hard rock song. This album has everything from super vocals and sterling guitar work to choruses that are catchier than a virus. Full of hard rock gems and ballad masterpieces. David…hurry up and bring out the sequel !!
This album rocks! Why it not receive major radio play is beyond me.!!! F A N T A S T I C !!! To me it sounds like Steelhouse Lane, maybe I’ve got MTM in my mind but this cd is packed with quality just like Steelhouse Lane!
superb melodic rock that punches hard when needed and softens up when required but never a dull moment in here…only high quality material played with immense belief!. David victor is the star of the show,he can play,he can sing and he can surely write some very inspired melodic rockers.this album has certainly caused an IMPACT in my life!.do yourself a favour and go get this pronto!or you will regret it for the rest of your life!!!!.
Massive release, super group. What more can I say. One of the top late 90 releases. This is what Mr Big would sound Like if they rocked out. More than tonight would have been a smash single in the late eighties when good music was played by MTV and radio. It is such a pity so many people will never hear this. I give this a 10 out of 10. brilliant.
Mixing the influences of Van Halen, House Of Lords, Night Ranger, Journey and other classic American FM rock acts,Velocity have carved out 10 tracks of great rock n roll that any major label would be proud of. And given the decade we are in,it can be the only reason the band are not on a million dollar contract. Highlights of this great album include the opening track ‘You Don’t Amaze Me Anymore’. It opens with a big killer riff, and some great vocals and a real groove.
It swept me of my feet. What a great album. Rocks from he first to the last track. Its just that the commercial environment for melodic rock is no longer as good as it was in the 80 and early 90. This album is a well deserved 10 out of 10. Superb. Go out rockers and get yourself a copy of this album !
Great album! I am a huge fan of the 80 music scene and this a modern version of that type of music. Awesome vocals and musicianship. I highly recommend!
These guys actually remind me of Blue Murder, except I like this one more. ‘You don’t amaze me anymore’ is brilliant hard rock and a fave, ‘Julia-Ann’ is great commercial hard rock, ‘Janine’ is my favourite track if I recall correctly and ‘More than tonight’ is a nice ballad. Overall, a good hard rock release.
David Victor is very talented songwriter, this is different than his classic solo AOR release a bit harder with less keys…but melodies are very tight and this is very enjoyable release…recommended
His voice is AWESOME the album kicks ass not original but some really good songs here and the voice WOOOHOOOO great stuff STANDOUTS TO ME ARE “”ydama”” “”JANINE”” “”SHE BEEN AROUND”” “”MORE THAN TONIGHT””…KEEP ROCKIN ALL!!!
David Victor has an Awesome Voice and you can notice on songs like “”Love Is Dangerous”” my favorite track, what a Voice! What a Choruses!, The Wonderful Power ballad “”Janine””, “”More Than Tonight”” or “”You Don’t Amaze Me Anymore”” my other Faves. “”Open Road”” is the Instrumental Track, good!. Simply Great Melodic HardRock! 9.4/10
killer album. Be nice if the Category was changed into melodic hard rock. This gem has nothing to do with AOR.
balanced songs(hard rock/ballads the second ones,the ones i like the most).””You Don’t Amaze Me Anymore””(good opening song and one of the best song titles ever!),””Supernatural Lover””(another very good track with a “”weird”” title),””Julia Ann””,””Janine””(splendid ballad),””More Than Tonight””(semi ballad and a good one too),””Love Is Dangerous””(one of the best tracks) & “”Open Road””.You’ll enjoy this release 4 sure and as i said is a balanaced album..if you like Winger (their second album “”Heart Of…””) then this Velocity release could be an option for your collection.”