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Letter To God

XYZAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 17, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FYCO Records
  • ASIN: B00009NH8P
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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About the Artist

XYZ was originally comprised of Terry Ilous on vocals, Marc Diglio on guitars, Patt Fontaine on bass and Paul Monroe on drums. The band's mastermind Terry Ilous is now back with the long awaited follow up album. XYZ is a band that has taken it from the streets of Hollywood to the biggest stages in the world. During their four-year tenure as veterans of L.A.'s club wars, XYZ followed the familiar progression of recording and mailing demos to every ear they could catch. In early 1989 the band won the devotion of Enigma Records and earned their first accolades from Don Dokken, who was so taken with the band that he demanded to produce XYZ's debut. They emerged from the studio with an auspicious debut, simply titled "XYZ".

XYZ immediately put their performing muscle to work on major national tours as the tourmates of TED NUGENT, OZZY, FOREIGNER, ALICE IN CHAINS ... XYZ then graduated to their own headlining club tour, and continued to rewrite the XYZ's of rock 'n' roll. "Hungry" the second CD,was produced by George Tutko, and the band toured the world in the early 1990's and received 2 gold albums! Terry Ilous was born the son of a French mother and a Spanish father in Paris, France. His father, who played guitar, imbued Terry with the love of music he nurtures to this day. He settled in Los Angeles and began performing in clubs around the country. During that time, he recorded with members of such diverse rockbands as OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH, PETER GABRIEL, STING and others. The new members are JK NOTHRUP on guitars known for his work with FOREIGNER and KING COBRA, and SEAN MACNABB formally of QUIET RIOT, AND GREAT WHITE

The forthcoming comeback "Letter To God" is what the rock fans eagerly await since years! Along with JK Northrup the album was mixed by Tom Fletcher who worked for SCORPIONS, TOTO, YES among others and features 2 remakes of previous XYZ hits: "Inside Out" and "What Keeps Me Loving You". Original guitar player Mark Diglio did co-write several of the songs. "Letter To God" is dedicated to Terry Ilous' son as the song "Letter To God" was the last one they wrote for the CD especially after that tragedy of Terry's son dying late last year.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the rough October 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Who said 80's melodic rock is dead? It wasn't XYZ. "What's On Your Mind" is a throwback to the classic metal songs, loaded with sexual inuendo. Ilous even has a hint of Robert Plant and David Coverdale in his vocals. New guitarist J.K. Northrup displays pretty impressive chops during his solo. XYZ throw out some heavy riffs on "United". This song about war couldn't have been better timed. Ilous us dead on when he says `freedom loves a battlefield'. "Burn it Up" is full of high-energy riffs, as well as some great rock licks. XYZ offers up updated versions of two of their classics, "Inside Out" and "What Keeps Me Loving You". I liked the songs, but I never heard the originals. I couldn't tell you how they differ. Of course with every rock release, you have to have some ballads. "Rainy Day" starts off slow with some calming acoustics, but kicks in the power, cranked to 11. "Deny" is a sappy power ballad, and I can't stress `sappy' enough. I'm sure it was penned to make all the ladies go `awwww'. "Tell Me" is a much better ballad. The lyrics are better written and the melody is touching. Terry shows his writing talent promently on two of the more personal tracks. "Asking" is the story of a man who never got to express his feelings to his father, who has since passed on. It's hard to tell if it's just a story, or taken from Terry's real life. "Letter to God", the centerpiece of the CD, is taken from Ilous' real life. Terry lost his son late last year, and on this track, he questions his faith. It makes you think. The song was decated to his son's memory.
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Letter to God is a diamond in the rough. It's loaded with crunchy riffs, melodic vocals, well-written lyrics, and impressive guitar playing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Older and wiser, but still XYZ May 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Melodic hard rockers XYZ returned to the scene in 2003 with Letter to God, their first studio album since 1991's Hungry. This time around, original members Terry Ilous, Marc Diglio and Paul Monroe are joined by former Rough Cutt bassist Sean McNabb and former King Kobra guitarist J.K. Northrup.

It's apparent from the start that this isn't going to be the kind of XYZ album people were expecting. The band - particularly singer Terry Ilous - had gone through a lot in the preceding 12 years, and that shows in these songs. Going back to simple party metal anthems just wouldn't make sense for this older, more mature group. That said; Letter to God is still a very enjoyable melodic rock album, and bears some familiar XYZ trademarks, including memorable guitar hooks, fantastic melodies, and of course Ilous's dynamic vocals. It's also a much more personal and introspective album. The recurring themes of life, death, and faith - especially in the wake of the untimely death of Ilous's son - make for a more moving listening experience than you normally get from a melodic rock album.

If you're expecting old school XYZ or a hair metal revival album, you're likely to be disappointed with Letter to God. If you have an open mind, and are looking for a good melodic rock album from a veteran act, you should find Letter to God quite enjoyable. Fans of Harem Scarem, Von Groove, Vaughn, and most of the current Frontiers Records catalog should definitely check this one out.

NOTE: There are a couple of different versions of Letter to God available. The best I've seen has 15 tracks, including the bonus tracks Never Too Late, a Spanish version of the song Tango, and rerecordings of XYZ hits Inside Out and What Keeps Me Loving You.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! April 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
XYZ will always be lumped in with the "hair band" scene. This is a shame really. Great song writing with great hooks. If you liked "XYZ" and "Hungry" you should like this one as well. Terry's voice has held up well over the years. Same great guitar tone. "Letter To God" should give you a taste of that guitar tone we all love. "Tango" is another great track you should check out. "Rainy Day" takes a minute to really get rocking but once it does it is high octane Rock and Roll."United" may be the heaviest track on here and will surely get your head bobbing back and forth. Something here for everyone including a ballad or two. Pick it up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COMEBACK WITH A MATURE SOUND... October 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Whoever that Bruce Forrest guy is who reviewed this needs to open his ears - he obviously is clueless about music (he must work for Rolling Stone or Allmusic). Since i did a few gigs as keyboardist for XYZ i was excited to be a part of this very mature album from my buddy Terry and friends. I really didn't know what to expect when i first got the cd , but i have to admit i was pleasantly surprised. Great hooks , top-notch musicianship and just a nice evolving mature sound. No grunge crap (butt-rock) or alternative elements here , but not full-on 80s glory either. It's a bit more Zeppelin-esque i'd say. Terry sounds great as always and the band is just smokin. A fine addition to your Melodic Hard Rock collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GIVE XYZ A CHANCE! July 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the third release of XYZ. A very underrated band on the now defunct Enigma label, now featuring veteran JK Northrup (Paul Shortino, King Kobra, Cage) on guitars.
If you were into this guys before, do not expect the same sounds! These guys really play their hearts out in this one, giving the songs a melodic 80's sound but at the same time a modern dark feeling to the songs. Think Dokken's (underrated) Dysfunctional, but with gutsier vocals and harder drumming. They even include great new versions of the singles of their self titled debut: "Inside Out" and "What Keeps Me loving You".
If you are willing to give a couple of spins to the cd before critizicing, then give it a try. I did and I do not repent! If you expect to digest it immediately or if you are expecting a copy of the albums on Enigma, then forget it!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars so...so
While I found the album musically appealing with really great, crunchy riffs througout the album it fell short lyrically. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joshua L. Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the XYZ I once knew.
I bought this CD based on such high reviews from others. Sadly to say, it's not the same quality rock they put out on their first 2 albums, XYZ and Hungry. Read more
Published on March 16, 2007 by Jeffrey Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Metal!
If you have never heard this band before, I would recomend buying it. If you're a fan of classic 80's metal, buy it as well. Read more
Published on July 27, 2005 by Aaron K. Leeton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Grit your teeth through track 3... this CD starts at track 4!
Published on November 11, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd
this is a great come back cd
i m glad i bought it
it still is 80 s rock but with a more mature sound
love that voice
please keep up the good work
jarka
Published on August 8, 2003 by "jarkalorie"
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd
i was surpised by this cd it s hard rock but with a modern twist
still heavy
it has that 80 s sound with a more mature sound
i love terry s voice
the songs are... Read more
Published on August 8, 2003 by jarka
1.0 out of 5 stars XYZ-"Letter to God" Review
XYZ/ "Letter to God" XYZ was one of a multitude of 80's bands that were basically handed a recording contract, in a mad signing frenzy by record execs attempting to find... Read more
Published on July 7, 2003 by Bruce Forrest
1.0 out of 5 stars letter to god
I just bought this cd and what a big disapointment. Save your money & buy the first & second cd they put out. They are GREAT. Read more
Published on June 30, 2003 by P. Dearinger
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