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Straightway - Black or White 1989 / Platinum Records


01. Black Or White
02. Come Back
03. Intro In C# Minor
04. Wounded Heart
05. Christ Is King
06. Don’t Even Swerve

David Walton - Lead Vocals, Keyboards
Doug Middleton - Guitars
Mike Locke - Guitars
Mark Walton - Bass
Damon Tankersley - Drums

Houston, Texas based Straightway came together in the late eighties and released several demo tapes prior to recording its 1989 six song debut EP Black Or White. Consisting of four full length tracks, one instrumental and a humorous rap-rock based number, the album moves primarily in a commercial Melodic Metal direction not unlike Stryper, Eternal Ryte, Holy Soldier, Dokken and a host of others. Lead Vocalist David Walton brings a smooth sounding mid-octave ranged voice that brings to mind Phil St. Vincent (Eternal Ryte) or Michael Sweet (Stryper) singing in a lower key. Lead guitarist Doug Middleton is a very fine talent, possessing more than enough ability to compete with contemporaries like Jamie Cramer and Michael Cutting (both Holy Soldier), David Zaffiro (Bloodgood) and Tony Palacios (Guardian). Mike Locke rounds out the mix on Rhythm Guitar. The rhythm section of drummer Damon Tankersley and Bassist Mark Walton puts in place a solid foundation for the bands sound.

While the production values to Black Or White are commendable for an independent release recorded on late eighties technology, a certain element of thinness permeates its sonics. The rhythm guitar, for example, could have been beefed up a bit. The bass sounds full and heavy but the drums, on the other hand, tend to get lost amidst the instrumentation / After the albums title track opens to several seconds of open air rhythm guitar, it advances in upbeat fashion until it reaches a strong chorus backed by smooth sounding vocal harmonies. Middleton graces a forty-five second instrumental section with his high quality lead guitar work. "Black Or White" focuses on making the correct eternal decision.

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