CD review FLYING COLORS ‘Third Degree’

(8/10) Casey McPherson, Neal Morse, Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy and Dave LaRue, these five guys are Flying Colors and they are all experts in their fields. Each of the five musicians has a proven track record that includes bands like Deep Purple (Steve Morse) and Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy). Looking at the musical expertise of this quintet, the word ‘supergroup’ makes sense.

With ‘Third Degree’ the guys add a next album to their discography, record number three. It took a while and fans had to wait five years for holding this new longplayer in their hands. The good news is, the wait is over on October 4th.

‘Third Degree’ features nine songs or, better said, nine compositions. The beauty with each of the songs is the variety of influences. Each of the five musicians adds to the total which resonates back in a wider portfolio of musical imprints, all hold together by passion and musical perfection.

‘The Loss Inside’ kicks things off, an epic rocker and the best track on the album. A little bit less heavy and a bit more swinging that is ‘Love Letter’. Melodic Rock meets a sunny California beach vibe, resulting in a song that makes every day to a sunny one.

‘More’ brings another accent of Flying Colors to surface. It takes a while to get into this twisted song with a psychedelic pattern as a base. However, step by step it blossoms and unveils its exciting details.

A touching moment on the album is entitled ‘You are Not Alone’, a soulful anthem that carries a solid portion of emotions, expressed in big soundscapes.

The Grande Finale is named ‘Crawl’, which is the longest track on the album too. The eleven minutes epos is an emotional journeys through the roller coaster called ‘Life’.

The newest Flying Colors album showcases a team, a group of excellent musicians that grew together over the last years. The only little disadvantage that comes with it is the busy agendas of everybody involved. ‘Third Degree’ was recorded over a time span of two years and it wasn’t easy to bring everybody together. However, musical expertise and professionalism, together with a good chemistry and personal dedication balanced that challenge. If you want to listen to experts at work, ‘Third Degree’ is the album you should go for.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


  1. The Loss Inside
  2. More
  3. Cadence
  4. Guardian
  5. Last Train Home
  6. Geronimo
  7. You Are Not Alone
  8. Love Letter
  9. Crawl

Label: Music Theories Recording / Mascot Label Group

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: October 4th, 2019



Rating: 8 out of 10.

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