“ALBUM REVIEW: The hurt is palpable on this new CD from Wales Road. But the way Tommy Wales deals with it in myriad manifestations of anger, rage, and sadness, offers a way out for the listener and himself. Wales is a holy rock 'n' roller who leans heavily on secular influence when it comes to the guitar. The sound here is dark and heavy, veering frequently into straight-up metal territory. The unfortunate end to Wales' marriage weighs heavy in the man's lyrical content on this CD. This is easily some of his best, most concise guitar playing to date. In the end, it's what will save him. Chin up, daddy-o.”
“Wales Road returns with an album of updated classic hymns. But don’t think they have wimped out at all – the style here is still the Wales Road signature blend of hard rock, blues, and new wave influences. Since I didn’t grow up in church, it wasn’t that hard for me to separate most of these songs from the original versions, but your mileage may vary depending on attachments to older arrangements. For instance, I didn’t quite connect with the acoustic/Americana rendition of “Amazing Grace”, but really liked “Christ The Solid Rock” – probably based on more on personal attachment (or lack thereof) to the songs. The first “half” of the album is mostly electrified, while the second “half” is mostly acoustic. There is also a cool radio interview tacked on the end. For fans of re-imagined classic hymns projects, or of the Wales Road mix of sounds, this album is a great new addition to your collection”
".....One of the highlights to Wales Road is the multi-faceted vocal abilities of founding member Tommy Wales. The albums heavier moments find him adding some tough backbone to his delivery, decidedly mid-ranged in focus but also able to reach for a high note with ease. That which is calmer allows him to smooth things out in straining towards a lower-register, at times even touching upon the baritone ...Musicianship remains a Wales Road strength. Wales handles all guitar duties, with his every present rhythm guitar adding the needed aggressive edge and acoustic flavorings reinforcing the group’s bluesy aspect (the albums clean production provides solid support here). Bassist Marty Volk stands out equally ...the transparent production finds his bass literally breathing in the backdrop.... "
"Though the playing on "Radio Scripture" has matured and the production has tightened up, Rochester act Wales Road still wallows in its ever-present, ever-cool dichotomy between holy-roller lyricism and hellacious rocker wail. The overall musical theme on this... is control. With his voice divided between a sorrowful falsetto and a Leonard Cohen gravelly croon, Tommy Wales sings his heart out on 10 tracks of obvious Christian dedication and devotion. He's not shy about his faith, but doesn't beat the listener over the head with his testimony (that can't be said about a lot of Christian rockers). Even when the band takes on popular hymns like "Holy, Holy, Holy," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," and "Amazing Grace" the message doesn't overpower the messenger. Even more room is left with the band's flirtations with pop subtlety, as opposed to its metal pedal-to-the-floor days of yore. Can I get an amen?"
"..singer /songwriter/guitarist Tom Wales just can't help himself when it comes to rocking out, crafting songs that stick in your head for days, complete with guitar-churning grooves and lyrics that speak of struggles within relationships, ourselves, and life in general...
"..the Rochester band Wales Road has gone through assorted changes in personnel and sound over the years....at the center, though, has always been the vision and voice - sometimes a wistful whisper, sometimes an amiable growl - of Tom Wales; and his theme has remained consistant: one man and his God, whom he sometimes praises, sometimes defends - and sometimes, like Job, seeks, pleads and beseeches..."
"...the type of music composed by an artist like Tommy Wales is very difficult to stuff into a 'pigeon hole' or categorize. The very idea of Christian Blues is oxmoronic to the world at large. They seem to think all Christians are supposed to be constantly happy. The cool thing is, those who know the inside scoop, is God works all things together for the good, even the idea of Christian Blues. Saved at age eight at the Pentecostal (Tabernacle) in Elmira, NY, Tommy began a walk with the Lord that has grown into a vibrant music ministry....there in the lyrics are found honest open statements to God that remind me of other 'Biblical Blues', the Psalms...with a skillful application of various musical styles...Tommy Wales paves a super highway of music that merges into the narrow road, so ask someone directions...."
"...on the new Wales Road CD 'Snake Hisses and Judas Kisses, the band gets down and dirty in the beer soaked trenches,focusing its Christian ministry on the secular joints it plays. Face it, alot of rock fans don't go to church. But even though Wales Road is painting a pretty picture on a stained canvas, the message never supersedes the music. I don' t wanna' hear religion anywhere, but Tommy Wales' guitar sounds just so good and the songs are so well written that I am willing to rock with the Rock of Ages..."
"...Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (is) a record that showcases hard-working guitarist /songwriter Tommy Wales' mastery of the AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Black Label Society idiom. But Wales also shows off a delicate hand on a melodic version of 'The Old Rugged Cross' and a bluesy touch in the opening moments of 'I Need You' ..."
"...Take equal parts southern rock (The Allman Brothers), and retro new wave (The Cars), add one teaspoon of modern alternative sound (REM), sprinkle with some blues, shake well, very well, and pour over ample portions of the gospel and serve. Add volume to taste and chow down. Now you'll begin to grasp the fundamental rock-n-roll sound of Wales Road ...."
"...if you like your christian rock with an edge, then Tommy Wales is your man, and Wales Road is your band..."
"...Wales takes a varied approach vocally, trending towards a softer and more even mid-ranged register on the more even material but settling into a grittier and decidely more robust groove on that taking the heavier heading - and reflecting some punk/wave elements in the process, which makes for an interesting combination...he is no slouch on guitar either with some quality soloing that would do blues guitarist Glenn Kaiser (Rez Band ) and Troy Thompson (Bride) proud...."
"...With hot lead guitar, pounding percussion,and 70's heavy rhythm, Wales Road throws metal faith on Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (Album). There's a little Angus of AC/DC in the lead guitar, a little Black Sabbath in the rhythm guitar and synth, and a times a little Ozzy in the vocals..."
"...riff-loaded heavy rock & power ballads to pop-esque ditties to acoustic/electric blues..."